Monday, July 6, 2015

[DIY] Activated Charcoal Green Tea Face Mask

Okay, so I recently hopped onto the bandwagon of using activated charcoal to whiten my teeth. Since I'm sure mostly everyone has heard of it already, I won't go into detail. All I can say is that I don't think I've seen a difference?

I was too lazy (surprise, surprise) and really didn't want to purchase capsules and crush them, so I opted to purchase activated charcoal powder (4 oz) instead from Amazon. IT'S A LOT OF PRODUCT. So much, that I decided to look up other uses for it.

If you all did not know, activated charcoal is being used in a lot of skincare products these days, especially with those that claim to remove blackheads and shrink pores (masks, face wash, etc.)

I stumbled across an interesting and simple recipe for a pore minimizing facial mask in which I already had all the ingredients at home! This is the first of two DIY masks I will be posting on. I used three different powders with this particular mask:

  • Matcha Green Tea has antioxidants and helps with inflammation that can reduce pore size and regenerate skin cells
  • Activated Charcoal - attracts toxins and absorbs dirt and oil on the skin, sticks to it, and washes it away when you rinse
  • Bentonite Clay - draws out toxins from the skin, shrinks pores, prevents breakouts, and evens out skin tone
I drink matcha when I'm not too lazy (just the perfect word to describe me) to make it, and I had the bentonite clay from a couple of years ago when I saw Michelle Phan use it in one of her videos. 

Ingredients (one use):
  • 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder (2 capsules if you plan on purchasing those)
  • 1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tsp bentonite clay powder (you can use 1/2 tsp if you have sensitive skin)
  • 2 tsp rose petal witch hazel (or filtered water)

I'm using witch hazel because I have it laying around and needed to finish it up. You can easily use filtered water though. I'm also using 1 tsp of bentonite clay rather than 1/2 tsp because it'll help more with drying up my oily skin and shrinking my gigantum pores. I don't recommend more than 1/2 tsp of it if you have sensitive skin or if you have very dry skin. 

I like to pour the witch hazel (or water) a little bit at a time to avoid making the mask "too runny". You don't want black liquid dripping down onto your clothes. 

You should end up with something along the lines of this consistency. And now...smack it and spread it onto your face.
Please excuse me because I'm not wearing contacts and was essentially taking a blind selfie :( also, cheers for uneven eyelids!!!
If you decided to add more bentonite clay, your face should feel like it's pulsating after 10 minutes. Along the lines of your face getting sucked. Strange feeling, but I like it. It's just means it's tightening your pores. Wash after 20 minutes, or when you feel it is dry enough.

Please also be advised that washing this off can be quite difficult and messy. The activated charcoal washes right off, and your sink will be black and grey. The clay can be difficult to wash off and drain. But totally worth it! You skin will thank you.

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