I have oily skin with enlarged pores, so I use a face mask about once a week. I make most of my masks because they are easy to make, and I like to know what I’m putting on my face.
My favorite ingredients to use for masks are charcoal, bentonite clay, and baking soda. Each ingredient has its own unique properties, so I set out to create a recipe that would use all three ingredients. And that’s how this easy charcoal face mask recipe was born.
Activated charcoal is a wonderful addition to your DIY beauty regime. Charcoal draws bacteria, toxins, chemicals, dirt, and other impurities from your skin. While you can’t actually shrink your pores, you can make them appear smaller by pulling the debris from your pores, which is exactly what charcoal does.
Bentonite clay also binds to impurities in your skin, drawing them to the surface. In addition, the clay also contains minerals that help nourish your skin. It’s important to note that you should never use metal with bentonite clay because it will stop it from being attracted to toxins and debris. Always use glass, wood, or plastic bowls and utensils.
Baking soda naturally dissolve excess oil on your skin. It can also be used as an exfoliator both as a scrub and by resting on your skin as a mask.
I also added coconut oil because it is naturally antimicrobial, which can help reduce acne. It also moisturizes the skin, and your skin will need extra moisture after using this mask.
CHARCOAL FACE MASK RECIPE
This mask is best for those with oily or acne prone skin. It can be too drying for those with dry skin. Even with my oily skin, I only use this in the summer because it’s too drying for my skin in the winter.
The charcoal won’t stain your skin in the 10 minutes that you use the mask, but it could stain your clothes.
INGREDIENTS & MATERIALS
- ½ teaspoon activated charcoal
- ½ teaspoon bentonite clay
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon coconut oil
- Glass bowl
- Wood spoon
Combine ½ teaspoon activated charcoal, ½ teaspoon bentonite clay, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon coconut oil in a glass bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon water and stir well with a wooden or plastic spoon.
Use a clean brush to apply the mask to your face and neck, avoiding your eye area and mouth. Let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Tips for Your Charcoal Face Mask
This recipe will make enough for one mask with some leftover. Discard any leftover mask because it will dry out and not be usable.
The mask may not be fully dry after 10 minutes, but you should still rinse it off to avoid staining your skin. Rinse carefully because it will splash and could stain clothing.
After your face is clean and dry, use an intensive moisturizer because this is a drying mask. I use my night time moisturizer after I use this mask, even if I use it in the morning.