We recently came across a fad which seems to have gone viral among the many skin-kiddies which involves combining charcoal with classroom glue to make a peel-off facemask. It’s a painful process which may well get rid of a few blackheads but also takes with it the entire top layer of skin in a none-too-gentle way.
Young skin heals quickly and we hope anyone who tried it at home were not significantly worse for the adventure but while combining charcoal with glue might verge verge on youthful stupidity, charcoal itself has many properties which make it very useful as a skincare product.
This DIY skincare recipe combines charcoal with clay to draw toxins gently through the skin to be absorbed by the mask and we have added some additional ingredients to benefit skin tone: green tea is naturally rich in anti-oxidants and cleanses skin toxins; hibiscus to act as a gentle exfoliant and rosehip, rich in vitamin C to revitalise and refresh, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and calming any irritation; colloidal oatmeal as an anti-inflammatory to ease skin irritations and listed by the FDA as a skin protectant. Most of the
4 capsules activated charcoal – you can most easily obtain these in health food stores
8 level tbsp (1/2 cup) cup bentonite clay
1 tablespoon oatmeal, finely ground – you can make your own from porridge oats by processing in a coffee grinder or in a pestle and mortar
1 tablespoon green tea, finely ground – grind loose tea or contents of a teabag in a pestle and mortar
1 tablespoon hibiscus tea, finely ground – grind loose tea or contents of a teabag in a pestle and mortar
1 tablespoon rosehip tea, finely ground – grind loose tea or contents of a teabag in a pestle and mortar
Combine all the ingredients, mix well and store in an airtight jar until needed.
Each mud mask uses 1-2 teaspoons of the powdered dry mud mask which is combined with 2-4 teaspoons of mineral water or hydrosol. The mixture needs to sit for 5 minutes to fully absorb before application. Then apply to your face.
You should keep the mask on for 15-20 minutes. Keep more water or hydrosol nearby in an spray and as soon as the mask starts to dry or feel itchy or tight spray gently to add moisture. It should not go fully dry. After 15-20 minutes rinse your face clean with water and a clean soap-free facecloth, gently exfoliating your skin as you go.
Once your face is clean and the mask has been removed always follow with a toner and moisturiser to close your pores and lock in moisture. An aloe vera based product is an excellent option.
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