I think it’s safe to say we have all had a time when we have been unhappy with our skin. For me that was 2 years ago. I started getting breakouts on my legs even though I had never had problems with my skin before. I almost had acne on the back of my thighs and bottom of my butt. It was very uncomfortable, I didn’t want to wear shorts, and it was also painful and itchy.

I had tried multiple attempts to clear it up when I a friend recommended activated charcoal.

It cleared up my skin amazingly. Within a couple of uses everything was almost gone. I was shocked at how well it worked if I am being honest so I started looking into activated charcoal a little more to figure out just what made it work so well. Here’s what I discovered:

How It Works

Activated charcoal has been around for centuries. It was commonly used as a medicine for people with stomach issues. Some people still use it for that purpose today but more commonly you see it labelled as a skin care product.

It’s made by heating up charcoal to increase absorbency. This makes it more pours which in combination with its negative charge allows it to easily absorb and trap gases and toxins which have a positive charged.

What does Activated Charcoal Do for your Skin?

                Activated charcoal benefits the skin by;
  • ·         Shrinking pours
  • ·         Clearing up acne
  • ·         Balancing oils in the skin
  • ·         Detoxifying the skin
                Basically activated charcoal absorbs dirt, toxins, and access oil out of the skin. This leaves your pours smaller. It is also a little granular so it can be used as a gentile exfoliant which can help clear up certain types of acne. Especially when combined with its extracting power!

Ways to Use Charcoal On Your Face

There are endless ways to use charcoal. If you go into any drug store you can find face washes and masks of different strengths. I have yet to find one at a store for a price I am willing to pay that I have liked as much as making my own though.

My personal favourite mask to make is my Black Clay Mask. It is super easy to make and it leaves my skin feeling amazing.

One thing I would say about activated charcoal is don’t use it every day! It is extremely powerful and if you use it too often it can strip your skin of too much oil and leave it feeling dry! Using a natural moisturizer like coconut oil or almond oil after is always a good idea when using any face wash or mask!

Now on to the ingredients:

  • ·         1 tbs activated charcoal ( I used Organika )
  • ·         1 tbs powdered clay (available at any healthfood store or online. If you can’t find clay replace with more activated charcoal)
  • ·         1.5 tsp natural honey
  • ·         1 tsp oil ( I like almond, anything that is a liquid at room temperature so not coconut oil)
  • ·         ¼ teaspoon water

Mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl and apply to a damp face with a paint brush. If you’re finding it hard to spread try a few more drops of water or oil.

Once applied let the mask sit for 15 to 20 minutes then wash off! I recommend having a shower as it is a little messy but it cleans up easy.

I like to finish it off with my favorite toner (currently Thayers Witch Hazel with Cucumber ). Then I use a moisturizer which is generally just organic coconut oil.

By the time I am done my face feels so refreshed! My skin is soft, smooth, and glowing! That why this is one of my favourite masks. I tend to use it every other week because my skin isn’t overly oily. If your skin is fairly oily you can probably do once a week!

Let me know in the comments below how the mask worked for you! I love reading your feedback!

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That’s all for this post,

Barbara Lorraine

(Post mask -no filter no edit just a good old phone selfie)