We love activated charcoal!
This mask looks horrible, works wonders. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been steam treated, causing the surface to become porous. This means it attracts anything in its way, be these metals, chemicals or toxins - it's basically an impurity magnet. Because of this it's a wonderful skin purifier and applying it topically is extremely effective.
You can use activated charcoal as a face mask alone (mixed with water) but we have included bentonite clay and coconut oil in our recipe as they also have great skin benefits. Bentonite clay acts similarly to activated charcoal in that it's a sponge for impurities, but it also exfoliates the skin. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral - so great at killing any bacteria that could be causing break outs - and it hydrates as well.
All you need:
2 capsules activated charcoal (readily available at heath shops)
1/2 tsp. bentonite clay (readily available at health shops)
1 tsp extra-virgin coconut oil (softened/melted)
1 tsp water (filtered is best)
All you need to do:
Break open the charcoal capsules and mix the powder with the bentonite clay in a small bowl. Try to avoid using any metal objects as both activated charcoal and bentonite clay will try to draw out the metals. Mix in the coconut oil and water. Apply to a clean face, allow the mask to dry (about 20 minutes) and then remove with a facecloth. Activated charcoal is (very!) messy so be careful and avoid getting it on anything.
*Activated charcoal has the same detoxifying effect on the body when ingested - see our separate recipe for delicious activated charcoal detox lemonade.