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3 DIY activated charcoal facial masks

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I have discovered the benefits of activated charcoal recently and got my DIY mood activated. Activated charcoal has been used for years as an antidote for acute overdose. But did you know that this mineral has a lot of benefits for your skin? Well if you don’t know, continue reading and you will discover the wonders of this amazing mineral.

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What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal also known as activated carbon is a fine black powder obtained by superheating natural sources of carbon, such as wood, bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust. It is used in water filters, medicines that remove toxins from the body, and in chemical purification processes. 

In case of food poisoning, the black powder stops toxins from being absorbed in the stomach by binding to them.

What are the benefits of activated charcoal for the skin?

  1. Balances oily skin
  2. Brightens skin
  3. Detoxifies the skin
  4. Removes blackheads and gently exfoliates skin
  5. Remove toxins and other impurities from the skin
  6. Tightens pores and smoothes skin

 

How to use activated charcoal in your skincare routine?

Activated charcoal can be used in combination with differents types of clay for treating oily, dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin

Pure activated charcoal is extremely drying to your skin and it’s important that you use other ingredients that will moisturize and nourish your skin together with activated charcoal.

Making homemade masks is not only money-saving but it is a safer way to control the ingredients that go into your skincare products especially if you have a sensitive skin.

Since I like to experiment a lot with different ingredients found in my kitchen, I decided to create these 3 amazing skincare recipes that include activated charcoal, green clay, Moroccan red clay and an amazing ingredient, cocoa powder!

 

1- DIY activated charcoal Mask For Sensitive skin

Ingredients

1 tbsp Activated charcoal (where to buy)

2 tbsps Green clay (where to buy)

½ dl (0,2 cups) of warm water or distilled water

1 teaspoon Rose water

1 teaspoon of honey

5 drops of  Jojoba oil

3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

How to make it

In a glass bowl, add the activated charcoal, the green clay, add the warm water and mix well. Then add the rose water, honey and jojoba oil. Finally, add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Mix together until the mask has a nice and spreadable consistency. Wet your face and apply the mask.

Green clay has detoxifying and healing properties and is good for sensitive skin. 

2- DIY activated charcoal Mask For Oily skin

Ingredients

1 tbsp Activated charcoal 

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp Moroccan red clay (where to buy)

1 teaspoon Aloe vera gel

½ dl (0,2 cups) of warm water or distilled water

5 drops Orange essential oil

How to make it

In a glass bowl, add the activated charcoal, the cacao powder, and red clay, add the warm water and mix well. Then add the aloe Vera gel. Finally, add the essential oil.

Mix together until the mask has a nice and spreadable consistency. Wet your face and apply facial mask.

Moroccan red clay is ideal for oily skin and unclogging pores. It is also perfect for acne prone skin. Cocoa powder is rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, Vitamin B6, Folate, niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. It rejuvenates dull and dry skin as well as protects your skin from harmful UV rays.

Watch the video below to see how I make this DIY activated charcoal facial mask with cacao powder and Moroccan red clay


3- DIY activated charcoal Mask For Acne prone skin

Ingredients

1 tbsp Activated charcoal 

1 tbsp Matcha green tea (where to buy)

½ dl (0,2 cups) of warm water or distilled water

1 teaspoon coconut oil

3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

How to make it

In a glass bowl, add the activated charcoal, the Matcha green tea, warm water and mix well. Then add the coconut oil and lavender essential oil.

Mix together until the mask has a nice and spreadable consistency. Wet your face and apply on your face.

Matcha green tea contains antioxidants that reduce inflammation of the skin, fights acne and pimples.

Since these homemade facial masks do not contain any preservatives, it is best to use them within 24 hours or freeze them if you are planning to use them later.

Have you tried activated charcoal facial masks? what ingredients do you mix it with? Share your tips below. Don’t forget to like, comment and share this post.

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