I’m always looking for healthy all-natural solutions to help with acne. My skin is prone to breaking out, and so I have to be careful what I use. This mask works by pulling dirt and other impurities from the pores, so it is great for acne and blackheads. It will also kill acne-causing bacteria. I adapted this recipe from My Newest Addiction to include only non-comedogenic ingredients.
Well you know how you can get mud baths and facials for a ton of money at the spa? Well this has the same feel and effect, for a fraction of the price.
I simply love this stuff. It’s my new favorite facial product. After using it my skin was glowing, clean, and not irritated. Usually when I use an exfoliator my skin is irritated at first and then looks great when it calms down. With this, I got mild exfoliation and dirt removal without the irritation. It was actually quite soothing. When followed up with my aloe vera moisturizer, it was truly amazing.
It’s full of ingredients that are great for your skin:
- Bentonite Clay: When mixed with water it is great at absorbing toxins, impurities, bacteria, and chemicals, while adding healthy minerals to the skin
- Activated Charcoal: Absorbs over 100 times its weight in impurities and chemicals
- Aloe Vera: Light non-greasy moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, stimulates growth of new cells, full of antioxidants, fights allergic reactions, reduces redness
- Shea Butter: Natural moisturizer, non-comedogenic, good source of vitamins for skin, anti-inflammatory
- Camomile Tea: Full of antioxidants, soothes irritation, natural disinfectant, reduces redness
- Eucalyptus Oil: Helps reduce skin inflammation, anti-bacterial, for scent
- Peppermint Oil: Antiseptic and antibacterial, cooling and refreshing, for scent
And here is how you make it:
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 3 capsules activated charcoal
- 3-4 teaspoons aloe vera
- 1-2 teaspoons shea butter
- 1.5 oz camomile tea
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil (optional)
- 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil (optional)
- Start by brewing the tea and melting the shea butter in a double boiler. When the tea is ready and the shea butter is completely melted, mix them together.
- Mix the bentonite clay and the activated charcoal
- Add the clay and charcoal mix to the shea and tea mix and stir
- Add the aloe vera and essential oils and mix well
- Store in an air-tight container
- To use: apply all over face and keep on for about 15 minutes. Wash off well, and admire your soft skin!
If you want to freak out your roommate or significant other, just put on this face mask and jump out at them. Ok, I don’t really support that. But it did surprise Lars when he saw my face.
I used this face mask at the same time as doing my at-home hot oil treatment, hence the towel. The combination was perfectly luxurious and after my shower I had super soft hair and skin.
My favorite thing about this mask is how it felt when it was on. At first it had that smooth muddy feeling that you probably remember from playing in the mud as a kid. As it dried it tightened, leaving my skin feeling all tingly. In a great way. It was like I could feel it cleaning out my pores.
Two days after using this mask, all the pimples that were threatening to poke out had calmed down. I don’t know if I’m imagining it, but I think the redness in my face has been reduced too. And I haven’t needed to moisturize. It’s like the balance in my skin has been restored.
I think this is going to be a weekly mask for me. It’s too good not to use on a regular basis.
Let me know how making this impurity removing face mask works for you!
If you like this post, you should also check out my green tea eye cream.