If you’ve been anywhere on the interwebs browsing through health & beauty articles, you’ve probably come across activated charcoal. Activated charcoal has been used for over 10,000 years by healers in Ayruvedic practices, as well as in both Eastern & Western medicine. The magic of this black carbon product is its absorption properties – it is an expert at absorbing toxins, drugs, poisons, and molds – which is why even hospitals keep in on hand.
Often found in capsule form, ingesting an activated charcoal supplement can relieve your digestive system from gas, bloating, and discomfort from food sensitivities. Its even a rockstar when used in your beauty routine – break a capsule open, tap a little on your toothpaste in the mornings and wahhlaaa . . whiter teeth! [Activated charcoal may also help to remove tartar buildup when used during your teeth brushing ritual – BONUS] Make a mask out of it and you’ll be left with clearer, blackhead-free skin. Needless to say, I keep a couple bottles of the capsules in my medicine cabinet a t a l l t i m e s.
Detox Facial Mask*
- 3 capsules activated charcoal
- 1/2 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 1 tsp rosewater
With a gentle cleanser, wash your face and pat it dry. Break each capsule and mix the charcoal with the aloe & rosewater using a wooden spoon [as activated charcoal will absorb metals from a metal spoon]. Apply the mask to your face with clean hands or a flat cotton round, avoiding your eyes & mouth. As it dries it will feel a little tight, but allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. When the 10 minutes is up, jump in the shower [as the mask will be messy] or gently wash the mask off with warm [not hot!] water. Make sure all the black is completely removed because it could get on your towels – lesson learned. Afterwards, moisturize with the appropriate moisturizer [coconut oil, vitamin E oil, your regular daily moisturizer, etc].
*Be sure to always patch test a little bit on your neck, cheek, or the underside of your wrist to ensure you will not have any adverse reactions.
I love to do this mask on the weekends because it requires a little extra time for cleanup! Because my skin tends to get really dry in the winter, my pores get smaller and hold in all that nasty stuff [blackheads, congestion, etc], so I’m trying to keep up the routine once a week, and also using activated charcoal when brushing my teeth at least a few times a week. I’ve already seen a big difference in my skin and have had a couple blemishes clear up – love that!
Give this blackhead-busting mask a shot & let me know how it turns out for you. I love to see pictures of how you’re incorporating BITG recipes or DIYs into your daily routine, so be sure to tag me on Instagram @beintheglow and use the hashtags #findyourglow & #BITGdetoxfacialmask!