Let me start off by saying that I don’t suffer from chronic acne or severe pimples, I get one or two spots per year at best but it doesn’t mean I take my skin for granted. I have always been obsessed with is soft, clean and clear skin. My biggest beauty secret to clean pores and smooth skin is the charcoal mask, my favourite being the Young Solutions Deep Clean Purifying Charcoal Mask which can purchased from Clicks and Dis-Chem stores or you can just keep reading and find out how to make a charcoal face mask in the comfort of your own home.
As previously stated, I don’t suffer from breakouts but I do however have texture in certain areas because of my dry skin. Most have an oily t-zone but mine dry and flaky and feels like what I can only describe as “crocodile texture” on my nose, chin, forehead and cheeks. I have found that the ingredients in the charcoal mask really helps cleanse and smooth my scaly areas while removing bacteria, chemicals and dirt buried deep down in my pores.
Bentonite clay is also known as the “healing clay”. It has the ability to heal and cleanse the body and as an extra FYI, people enjoy the benefits of ingesting it daily for its internal health benefits.
Other uses of bentonite clay:
Bentonite clay alkalizes the body, allows cells to receive more oxygen, relieves digestive issues, boosts immunity and even doubles up as a baby powder alternative. You can use it to heal eczema, dermatitis and even psoriasis.
Tea tree oil is extracted from a plant native to Australia and cannot be found naturally occurring elsewhere.
Also known as the “jack of all trades”, this healing oil is the solution almost all of your skin issues. The reason I use it in this mask is because it’s actually an antifungal and antiseptic treatment. My aunt is the one who turned me onto this tea tree YEARS ago and I have used it for things like rashes and dandruff and it has never let me down.
Benefits of tea tree oil:
Helps remove skin tags, treats ringworm, soothes insect bites, treats acne, heals skin infections, soothes sunburns and is even used to freshen carpets.
Things you might not know about activated charcoal:
I’ve recently learnt that activated charcoal whitens your teeth after you’ve stained with with years worth of coffee, tea or wine. It changes the pH balance in the mouth, preventing cavities and gum disease.
Activated charcoal will however stain grout and fabrics so put something down to protect your countertop and floor when using this product. I’d also suggest wearing something you don’t mind staining.
To make this you’ll need 1tsp of activated charcoal, 1tsp of bentonite clay and just mix them together well before adding your wet ingredients. Take a few drops of tea tree oil and 1/4 cup of cooled down boiled water/distilled water and add it to your mixture. Keep a little more water nearby in case your mixture is too thick for your liking. It’s important to note that you should not use anything metallic to blend your mixture, I like to use a wooden chopstick.
I use a fan brush to apply the mask but you can use a paint brush or even your fingers to apply yours.
The mask should be completely dry before you remove the mask with water and a warm face cloth or gentle face brush. Make sure that you’ve removed everything before patting your skin dry with your towel.
You can splash your skin with cool water to close your pores or apply a light facial oil or moisturizer to your face. I enjoy using the Lipidol overnight face oil after I’ve done a mask and it leaves my skin soft and supple in the morning.
And that’s all folks, smooth, clean skin!
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