Activated Charcoal Firming Facial Mask
Simple two ingredient activated charcoal mask that will leave your face feeling tightened and lifted.
I was blown away at what this mask does. Easy to make and easy on the budget vegan DIY facial mask. This extremely simple facial mask does wonders for lifting and firming skin. And that wasn't even my intention. I've read up on using charcoal to get rid of blackheads and remove toxins, which it does. It leaves your skin feeling super clean. But I was amazed at how tight and supple it left my skin feeling as well.
Getting the Right Kind of Activated Charcoal
Did you know that some activated charcoal is made out of petroleum? The same petroleum that is in petroleum jelly and vaseline? Do you know what petroleum is made of?
Which is why I stopped using Vaseline a long time ago. I used to use it to remove eye make-up in my early 20s before I knew what petroleum really was. By the way, that same crude oil is also used to make gasoline.
Some people may claim that it's perfectly harmless because the petroleum used in cosmetics has been so refined, but using it just doesn't sit well with me.
My recommendation is to use a food-grade activated charcoal. The one I bought is from Amazon for about $13 from Rocky Mountain Essentials. It's made from coconuts and the texture is super fine.
What You Need to Know Before Using This Mask
I highly recommend using a facial scrub in conjunction with this mask. Why? Because the charcoal grains are super small and once the mask is dried, it's hard to get off.
When I first tried the mask, I thought I was going to have the either scrape the entire mask off with my fingernails or walk around with a gray face. Obviously the latter was not happening, and my heart started to beat a bit faster wondering if I really would be able to get it off.
Have no fear though, it comes right off with a facial scrub. You could use a DIY scrub with a fine salt or sugar so that it's gentle on your skin. I used Acure's Brightening Scrub with Sea Kelp that I bought earlier this year and absolutely love. I don't buy many products, but I do really like this one.
And once it was removed and washed off, I was so stoked on the way my skin felt that it was worth the somewhat scary experiment. I tried it again this morning, this time adding coconut oil as the third ingredient, but it just didn't have the same cleansing and tightening effect, plus it really wasn't any easier to get off.
Now for the simplest recipe ever.
Activated Charcoal Firming Facial Mask
- In a bowl, mix a tiny bit of water with less than a 1/4 teaspoon of activated charcoal. You can always add more, but just start with this amount and see how far you get. A little goes a long way.
- Apply to your face when your skin is dry. Be careful not to apply it to the delicate under eye area as you will need a scrub to take it off.
- Wear the mask for about ten minutes or until it dry.
- When you're ready to take it off, wet your face and apply the scrub that you will be using. Apply in a circular motion until the charcoal begins to come off.
- Rinse with cool water and wash with your preferred facial cleanser. I used raw honey.
- Pat face dry and apply whatever facial moisturizer you use. Lately, I've been using a mix of aloe vera gel and argan oil together, which I love!
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