Activated Charcoal is getting so much hype right now and for good reason. It’s loaded with detoxifying properties and has so many uses which I will cover in a separate post. Charcoal face masks can be quite pricey and the ingredients sometimes can leave you wondering what’s really in the product.
I have been making my own charcoal mask for over 1 year and have been blown away with the results. There are a number of different ways to make a charcoal mask but I like to keep things simple and painless. My skin feels so smooth and clean after using this mask. I have dry skin so I use this mask about once a month.
Activated Charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made specifically for medicinal use and to be very porous . These pores allow activated charcoal to trap impurities. For this reason, activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, intestinal gas, nausea, and bile flow issues (cholestasis) during pregnancy. But activated charcoal also works wonders for the skin when applied topically: it keeps skin clear by acting as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores.
Bentonite Clay acts as a magnet to draw dirt from the pores. High-quality bentonite clay can be ingested to pull toxins from the body. When applied topically, it absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, and kills acne-causing bacteria. This clay has so many benefits, it’s also my main ingredient for my homemade toothpaste (stay tuned for that)
- 3 capsules of activated charcoal (To open gelatin capsules, twist the two halves and gently pull them apart.) (I buy mine here)
- 1/2 tsp Bentonite Clay (I buy min here)
- 1 1/2 tsp rose water (I buy min here)
- Mix all of the ingredients together to form a smooth paste.
- Apply the mask evenly and wait for it to dry completely.
- As the mask is drying your skin can start to feel tight which is normal. If you are uncomfortable rinse off.
- After the mask has dried, wash it off with water.
- Apply a natural moisturizer. I use jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil.
- Always stir this mixture with a plastic or wooden spoon, as both charcoal and clay pull toxins from metals. Also be sure to store your clay in a non-metal container.