Clogged pores, pimples, blackheads, uneven complexion—we’ve all been there. For me, the change of seasons always sends my skin into a frenzy. And with Fall swiftly approaching, it’s just about time to switch up my skin care routine. First order of business: skin detox. Weapon of choice: activated charcoal.
I know what you’re thinking: charcoal? For your face? But trust me, your skin will thank you later.
Activated charcoal draws out dirt, oil and other excess yuck trapped in your pores. It can be found a variety of popular skin care products, but I’ve provided the recipe for a quick and easy DIY charcoal mask that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost.
While other masks remove only superficial dirt and debris, activated charcoal works well beneath the surface of your skin to remove bacteria and toxins on a microscopic level. This mask will result in refined pores, and leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you’re wondering where you can get activated charcoal, I’ve found the charcoal capsules are the easiest to obtain. You can find them right in the vitamin section at your local drugstore or pharmacy. (They may also be in the laxative area since charcoal is often used to treat food poisoning and cleanse the stomach and digestive system.)
DIY DETOXIFYING CHARCOAL MASK
You Will Need:
1 tsp activated charcoal (about 2 or 3 capsules)
1 tsp aloe vera gel or juice (I prefer gel for this mix)
1 tsp water
1 tsp tea tree oil (optional, but highly recommended)
a small bowl for mixing
If you’re using charcoal capsules, carefully open your capsules and empty charcoal powder into your bowl.
I recommend covering the area that you’ll be working on with a paper towel or old newspaper. Charcoal can stain or leave a dark residue if it isn’t cleaned up immediately.
Add the rest of the ingredients, one at a time, and mix everything together into a well-combined paste. Apply the mixture to your face in a thin even coat, being careful not to get the mixture in your eyes. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes, allow it to dry. That tingly, cooling sensation you feel is completely normal and comes from the tea tree oil. Rinse and follow up with your normal toner and moisturizing routine.
This mask is safe for all skin types, but I definitely recommend doing a spot test just to see how you’ll react to it, especially for those with more sensitive skin.