So, activated charcoal is all the rage right now, right? Well, for good reason.
Activated Charcoal (when applied to the skin) gently attracts and absorbs toxins and impurities from your skin. So, when you apply this to your face, say in mask form maybe, once you wash it away it takes all those nasty toxins and debris with it! It also tightens your pores, smooths your skin, reduces inflammation, and just gives you an all around glowing appearance. All of this, and it’s toxin free! That’s a huge win in my book.
Why am I making a charcoal face mask? Well, number one reason is mama has to make herself a priority every now and then and enjoy some self-pampering. Second, I can’t even remember the last time I had a facial and my skin is looking sort of tired and dull (thanks to sleepless mommy nights). Third, I like making my own beauty products.
So, here is what you will need:
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil: Coconut oils is an incredible product that you can use for pretty much anything. But, for this specific reason Coconut Oil provides great moisture for the skin and acts as a cleaning agent!
1 Tsp Activated Charcoal (loose): As I mentioned above, activated charcoal acts as a magnet and attracts all the nasty toxins and debris from your skin. It can help fight acne and also help speed up healing!
1 Tbsp Baking Soda: Can help tighten the skin!
1/8 Cup Bentonite Clay: Helps unclog pores, reduce oily skin, and wipe away makeup buildup!
Essential Oils: Well the uses for essential oils are literally endless and they have completely consumed my life. But, for this specific recipe I chose Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.
- 2 Drops Lavender
- 2 Drops Eucalyptus
- 2 Drops Peppermint
You’ll want to soften the coconut oil. So, I suggest putting it in a double boiler to heat up! Once it is heated, you can add the remaining ingredients.
As the mixture cools it will start to turn into a paste. Spoon it into an airtight container – I chose a recycled preserves jar – and keep in a cool, dry place! To apply to the skin, either use your fingers or a clean makeup brush to apply to the face. I suggest doing this over the bathroom sink as some can fall off your face as you are apply (it’s slippery).
Now, this concoction is quite oily so it will not dry. But, rest assured it is still working! Let it sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes then rinse with hot water. For the remaining mixture left on your face, use a damp cloth to wipe away. Afterward, moisturize!
You can use this mixture 1 time per week if you so choose. This has a shelf life of about three months. Oh, and AS ALWAYS – test on a small patch of skin (not your face!) to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction. And, keep away from your eyes.
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