I’ve been a fan of DIY face masks for as long as I can remember. You get all the benefits of expensive store bought masks for only a fraction of the price while avoiding all the added chemicals. I’ve been cursed with very sensitive skin and allergies to numerous chemicals found in dyes and scents. I need to be careful with what I put on my skin. Which is why I usually turn to DIY skincare products that allow me to control the ingredients that I am using.
I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of activated charcoal for a long time and was curious about how well it actually worked in a skin care product. I decided to whip up a simple DIY activated charcoal face mask and test it out for myself. After doing some research I went with a mixture of Activated Charcoal Powder , Bentonite Clay , and Jojoba Oil.
I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical about how well this mask would work. I mean, who would think that charcoal would be a good skincare product?? But to my surprise, this mask was amazing and has quickly become a favorite. It helped it even out my skin tone and left me with a brighter complexion!!
The only downside to this mask is that it can leave your skin very dry. Be sure to follow it up with a heavy moisturizer (I use a combination of Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Primer and L’Oreal Paris Collagen Moisture ). If you are prone to dry skin don’t use this mask more than two or three times a month. Also if you have sensitive skin please test this mask out on a small patch of skin to make sure it won’t cause ay irritation.
So what exactly is Activated Charcoal? Charcoal is considered “activated” when it is heated to a high temperature and mixed with gas or another type of activating agent. The benefit of activating charcoal is that it expands the charcoals surface making it more porous. This allows the charcoal to draw out and absorb toxins and impurities from your skin. Which is what makes it such an amazing detoxifier!
The Bentonite Clay is a naturally occurring clay found in volcanic ash. It’s incredibly absorbent and when mixed with water becomes a power detoxifier. Bentonite clay has a negative ionic charge that allows it to bind to and remove bacteria, toxins, and impurities from your skin. It is particularly beneficial for people dealing with acne or eczema.
I decided to use Jojoba Oil because it closely resembles the natural sebum produced by our skin. Which means it will not clog your pores and is nonallergenic. Jojoba oil also contains high levels of vitamin E and B and is easily absorbed by your skin making it an ideal oil for moisturizing.
– Combine ingredients into a small container *Do not use a metal container or utensil to mix this mask, the charcoal and the clay can absorb impurities from the metal making the mask less effective*
– Mix until all ingredients are combined and form a smooth paste. If needed add additional water until the paste is smooth.
– Use your finger or a small fan brush to apply to skin.
– Leave on your skin until the mask is dry, approximately 5 minutes. * If at any time you feel burning or tingling wash the mask off immediately.
– Wash off mask with warm water.
This mask can be a little difficult to remove. If you find that you have some black residue remaining, apply a small amount of lotion to the area then wipe with a towel.
If you enjoyed this facemask then check out some of my other DIY Skincare ideas