ruins at Comalcalco.

One of the most intriguing sites was the ruins at Comalcalco. Instead of the usual stone, the buildings are made of clay bricks, some which have “makers marks” identical to those found in the Mediterranean area. Also found were unusual heads, including one of a bearded man, and etchings.

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We made a stop in the village of Comalcalco at the cocoa plantation that produces Wolters Chocolate for a tour of the gardens, museum and historic home. Those are cocoa pods, growing directly out of the trunk of the tree. The stunning huge pyramid seen when first entering the archeological site at Comalcalco reminded us of photos of ziggurats we’d seen built in ancient Mesopotamia. It is built of flat kiln-dried red clay bricks and looks quite different from most other Mayan pyramids. Another building from Colmacalco, showing some remaining stucco. There are several small groups on the open area of this interesting site.
Some carving remained at the acropolis. Part of a tomb, that had been robbed and the sarcophagus taken, shows great similarity to the tomb of Pakal. The Nine Lords, depicted on the sides of Pakal’s sarcophagus are shown here on the walls.
An overview of the site from top of the hill that houses the Palacio. Some of the clay bricks at the site had primitive etchings on them. Others had marks that are almost identical to those used by masons in Old Rome.
The small museum at the site has some interesting artifacts taken from the

site, including these unusual heads, all larger than life-size, of men and gods. Note the bearded man at the left. (Click each for a better view)


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Our skin is one part of the body that is always exposed to a number of elements. Even when we are sleeping, the skin can get irritated by the pillow cover or the blankets we use. When we are out on the move, the pollution in the air, the sun’s rays, or even the water we use to bathe, all affect the skin in multiple ways.

It is not easy to take care of this biggest organ of the body. This is why one has to follow a number of skin care routines, based on their age, skin type, the place they live in or even the climatic changes.

Even the smallest change to the climate, can have an impact on your skin. For some it will be obvious and for the other lucky few, the skin will manage. This is why one experiences excessive dryness in the winter and suffers an oily skin during summer. Similarly, when you step out, the impurities in the air attach itself to the skin and cause various problems such as blemishes, acne, dry skin, etc.


So what can one do in such times? One cannot stay indoors at all times or expect the atmosphere to be clean. The only way is to take care of the skin by keeping it clean always. Apart from cleansing your face everyday or multiple times a day, the face that is the first part of our skin that is noticed, has to be taken extra care of.

This is why we have many products sold in the market. One can find a number of creams, packs and masks. While each one claims to do a different thing, one can never be too sure about the after effect, unless they use it. Though reviews can help to a certain extent, the skin is so versatile, that one product will have different effects on different skins.

How To Choose

Wondering how to choose the right product for your skin? Here are a few effective steps to follow:

  • First understand your skin type. Each person has a skin type that is generally classifies into broader category as dry skin, oily skin, etc. once you understand your skin type, it becomes easier to choose the products. You can get the help of a dermatologist to assess your skin type.
  • Next read the label carefully on the product to see what is in it and what it is recommended for. Skin care products come recommended for a certain skin type. Go with the ones that are designed for your skin type.

A Ready Solution

Have you heard of the Black Mask? This is one of the most effective products that can help with your face skin in no time. This is a mask that has to be generously applied over your face, when peeled off, the impurities that are stuck deep within the skin, that is not reachable by the regular cleansers, will be effectively removed.

The reason this mask is effective is, its ability to go one layer below the regular cleansers. Just like it removes impurities a level below, it even nourishes.