Pamper Yourself With A DIY Charcoal Face Mask
As moms, it can be hard to find time to pamper ourselves. In my opinion, DIY beauty hacks are the best, facials being my favorite. Yes of course going to a spa is so incredible, and ideal! But with not having the time (and sometimes the funds!), DIY is the way to go. And I’ve found my preferred facial is a DIY charcoal face mask.
We spend so much time making sure our little one’s wants and needs are met. Which usually results in us sacrificing our well-being in some type of way.
Since becoming a mom, I can count the number of times I’ve pampered myself on one hand. Trying to juggle a rambunctious toddler and other daily chores leaves little-to-no time for myself at all.
There just isn’t enough time in the day to take care of my daughter, do chores and set aside designated writing time. Before I know it, it’s 11:00pm. Which means I’ve already been up for over 12 hours. And we have to figure in time for sleep somehow, don’t we?!
Luckily for us, there’s a quick and easy way to pamper yourself that can easily be done during nap or bedtime!
How to Make a DIY Charcoal Face Mask at Home!
DIY Charcoal Face Mask
DIY charcoal face masks are all the rage right now. And no doubt for good reason! There are so many benefits to this detoxifying face mask.
Activated charcoal draws out bacteria, poison, dirt, chemicals and other micro-particles to help clear up your pores for a healthier complexion and smoother skin. According to Livestrong, activated charcoal powder is proven to bring out thousands of times more than its own mass in harmful substances. That makes it perfect for clearing up your skin.
While charcoal is great for clearing up your skin, you also need to be cautious not to use it more than once a week. If used more than that, you may experience mild constipation, nausea or other stomach issues.
Paradoxically, an ingredient commonly used in charcoal face masks is bentonite clay. This is also known for having really great benefits for your complexion and skin. Made from aged volcanic ash, bentonite clay helps draw out, trap and remove toxins from your body.
The only downside with charcoal powder and bentonite clay is that it can be a little bit drying after you use it. To avoid this, the recipe below includes raw honey to help combat dryness. Of course if that isn’t enough, you can always moisturize afterwards!
Make your own DIY charcoal face mask
Rather than spending a bunch of money at a store trying to find the perfect charcoal face mask, you can make it in the comfort of your own home for so much cheaper!
All you need are these 5 simple ingredients (exact measurements make enough for 2 face masks):
- 1 tsp of bentonite clay
- 1 tsp of activated charcoal powder
- 2 tsp of water
- ½ tsp of raw honey (optional, but without it you may experience drying)
- 1 drop each of tea tree essential oil (totally optional but tea tree is amazing for acne!)
- Mix your water and essential oil in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle the bentonite clay on top of the water and oil mixture.
- Allow a few seconds for it to absorb before adding your other ingredients. This will help with combining.
- Once it has set for a few seconds, add in the honey and charcoal powder.
- Mix with a spatula until thoroughly combined.
- Once it is mixed, apply it liberally to your face and let it dry before gently washing it away with soap and water.
Things to keep in mind while making your DIY charcoal face mask
WellnessMama has a list of things to keep in mind while making your own DIY charcoal face mask that will make your experience as easy and stress free as possible.
- Charcoal powder can stain, so try to avoid getting it on your clothes and clean it up from the sink as soon as possible.
- Because it can stain, use an older washcloth when rinsing your face.
- If your skin dries easily, apply a thin layer of oil or skin lotion after using this face mask.
Of course with all good things comes a list of pesky side effects. However, this natural & holistic approach to skin care is worth the potential mess. So long as you refrain from using the nice guest towels during your charcoal face mask pamper ‘sesh’, your clean up will be virtually stress-free!
Other charcoal beauty benefits
Besides using charcoal powder for a charcoal face mask, there are other beauty benefits to charcoal powder as well.
- Charcoal is not metabolized or absorbed through the skin, but is great for helping treat poisonous bites, bee stings and disinfecting some wounds.
- Activated charcoal powder can help whiten your teeth. (I love CarbonCoco!)
- Activated charcoal can be used as an eyeliner (YES, EYELINER!).
- It can help reduce or eliminate gas from the body.
It’s so weird to read about something having so many great benefits for your body that you wouldn’t normally think of as a traditional beauty product. With all of the crazy chemicals and other ointments on the market, I love having a more natural, holistic option to choose.
As someone who has suffered with sensitive skin, I like that the charcoal face mask doesn’t attack my face with harsh chemicals. Sure, the face mask can be drying. But I don’t see any issue with it so long as I moisturize afterwards, just like I would on any other given day.
Take time for yourself every once in awhile
As much as I love doting to my daughter’s every need, I struggle finding ways to pamper myself. If I’m not with my daughter, I’m either writing or trying to tidy up the house.
I really love using this DIY charcoal face mask because it takes very little time to prepare. In addition, I am able to apply it and let it sit for a few minutes (while I get some writing done) before washing it off.
And finding something that will allow me to relax but also get some work done at the same time is like searching for a needle in a haystack for me.
So luckily, DIY charcoal face masks are quick and easy. I’m able to multitask while applying and wearing the mask.
I absolutely love this DIY charcoal face mask. And the teeth whitening solution as well! Will you try out either of these?!
What are some of your favorite pamper activities? Have you tried DIY beauty hacks?
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