Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to post number two in my week long Summer Healing series. Oh how I love the irony of choosing to run a summer series during a week that has so far been filled with grey skies and rain. Got to love the British weather! Anyway this is therefore surely the perfect time to take a little break from summer indulgence and focus on a little pampering and rebuilding. So with that in mind, today I'm sharing a little summer healing for the skin with a DIY Charcoal Face Mask.
The idea for this post actually came a few weeks ago when watching This Morning beauty guru Bryony Blake make and trial this very face mask (spot the daytime TV working from home watcher!) I was instantly struck by how simple it was and decided I wanted to give this a go myself.
Charcoal has been shown to have some great benefits for your health both inside and out. Activated charcoal causes any nasties you may have hanging around to bind to it and therefore it can help to rid the body of unwanted toxins. When applied to the skin it acts in the same way and draws out any unpleasant horrors that you may find lurking there, leaving your skin feeling fresher and more revitalised.
If you're going to investigate actually ingesting charcoal capsules then as with any supplement and tablet of this kind please make sure you do your research first and consult with a doctor if necessary. Always be aware of the potential risks as well as the benefits.
There are many charcoal based face masks out there in the beauty world. I've tried a few but they're often very expensive and I've found them too astringent for my sensitive skin, stinging and turning me into a red mess pretty quickly after application. So I was intrigued to make my own, the ingredients in this sounded far more soothing plus the outlay was going to be far less expensive than some of the leading brands.
I'm happy to report that my skin has absolutely loved this and feels cleansed, calmed and refreshed. The addition of Aloe Vera Gel makes this incredibly soothing and perfect for the warmer weather. The antiseptic properties of the Tea Tree Oil help with any unwanted breakouts and the star of the show, the Charcoal Powder, draws out any impurities and gently exfoliates and smoothes the skin. I will definitely be making this on a regular basis as a super skin treat. Plus it keeps in the fridge for a good week or so as well meaning that you can get a lot of extended use out of it. So without further ado here's what you need and how to put this simple but effective mask together.
DIY CHARCOAL FACE MASK INGREDIENTS: 6-8 Activated Charcoal Capsules from which you gently extract the powder, 1 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel, 1/2 Tbsp Water, 1-2 drops of Tea Tree Oil.
Mix the ingredients together and apply! You can adjust the gel and the water depending on the consistency that you prefer. Apply using an old makeup brush. I actually used a foundation brush that I don't use very often which was ideal plus it cleaned up perfectly fine anyway. Be aware that the charcoal may stain the brush though so don't use your favourite or most expensive one. The charcoal powder can be a bit of a messy customer so use with care.
Leave for 10-15 minutes to allow the mask to work its magic. When it starts to dry and you feel your skin slightly tighten then rinse away with warm water.
TIP: Unless you're planning to wash your hair immediately afterwards avoid applying too close to the hairline as you will find it a bit tricky to fully remove. Apply all over the face and neck if about to have a shower and wash your hair but if not then perhaps stick to the T-zone for an equally beneficial and slightly less messy treatment!
So there we have a simple and cost efficient face mask. You can get a lot of use out of the remaining ingredients for soothing the skin especially at this time of year so I really think this is a good little homemade skincare treat. Just be careful not to stain your clothes and towels with the charcoal but with a little care I'm sure you will be happy with the skin clearing results. Best of luck if you decide to give this a go and I hope you find it useful.
Do you have any other DIY beauty ideas that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Have a great day everyone.