4 Life-Changing Skin Care Essentials According To A Beauty Expert

New York Smash Magazine  



1. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: A must-have mask for removing impurities

Aztec Secret Clay Mask

This mask, made with all-natural calcium bentonite clay, reaches deep within your pores to pull impurities out. I was looking into getting the GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment Mask, but could not bring myself to purchase it being that it’s a $70 mask containing only a small volume of product (1.2 oz). While doing research, I came across this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask that had rave reviews and it’s only $8! This is hands down the best mask I’ve tried to date. You can literally feel it pulling out all the black/white heads and dirt from your pores.

Get it here: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $7.79 at The Vitamin Shoppe.

Here’s how to use it:

Aztec Secret Clay Mask with Apple Cider Vinegar

You can either mix it with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar or water. For best results, use with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

Aztec Secret Mask

The mask looks like this.

Mix the mask with the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar or water until it looks like this:

Makeup Brush

I use this brush to apply my mask.

I apply this mask with a foundation brush for even coverage. I find this way works best because of the thick clay consistency.

2. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: Clears up blemishes fast

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I was in the market for a really good spot treatment and was in search for one for a very long time. When I found this product, my search was over! Place this guy over any open blemish and, by the next day, there is no trace of it.

Get it here: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17 at

3. Rodan + Fields Enhancements Mirco-Dermabrasion Paste: Brightens dull skin

Rodan + Fields Enhancements Mirco-Dermabrasion Paste

This product is a special one! It brightens your complexion by removing dead skin cells. The brand itself is new to me. My friend Gena Russo reached out to me when she saw I started a beauty blog and asked if she could send me some samples. I trust her impeccably so I knew I was in for a treat — and did she deliver. I can’t say that I dislike facial scrubs, but I neglect them without realizing it. This product, my friends, gave me a reason to put facial scrubs on my radar! I am not just saying this because I love Gena, but because this is one of those life-changing skin care products. Even though she is a dear friend of mine, this has no influence on my opinion of this product. I swear by it.

Get it here: If you’re interested in learning about the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste or any other Rodan & Fields products, contact Gena Russo, the independent consultant for the company. You can reach Gena via Facebook (here’s her page), or visit her website:

4. Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil: For year-round soft skin

Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil

To my oily friends out there: Don’t see the word “oil” and say, “No way, pass!” This is for all skin types! After I wash my face, I literally bathe in this stuff and go to sleep. I wake up with my face feeling like a baby’s bottom. I’m dry in the winter and oily in the summer, but I use this product year-round. You can use it for your face, hands, legs and even hair. I started with a sample from Sephora. As soon as I was done, I went back immediately and bought my own bottle. If you don’t believe me, go and try a sample from Sephora for yourself; I know you won’t regret it.

Get it here: Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil, $16 to $96 (depending on the size) at Sephora.

Use those Sephora points, dolls.