Activated Charcoal Facial

A healthy lifestyle not only means nutritious food and staying active, but also self lovin’ care inside AND outside! How often do you treat yourself to a massage or facial? Or even just a day out shopping? Looking after and treating your body with care is key to not only feeling good but looking good too, and who doesn’t love feeling their ultimate best? Hell yeah – those days be gone. So why not do it for YOURSELF and chase that damn good feeling.

I have always had pretty good skin. That’s not me being arrogant, I’m basing it off the many compliments I’ve received about my skin. I never noticed it because I’ve never been one into my beauty products or facial self care but I do know that I only get the odd pimple or red spot here and there – pre menstrual cycle or when I’ve eaten one too many sweets.

What would I do about it? Not much but probably just curse it. I have probably only had 2 facials in my life. Not because I don’t want them but because believe it or not I don’t have all the time in the world to go out and treat myself. However from all the bacteria and dirt causing pores to clog up from constant sweat at the gym or when training, facials are most likely a necessity…

I had bought a tub of activated charcoal a while ago when I was trying to treat a parasite. Before I could even use it the parasite had already been eradicated… unlucky for spending money on the charcoal but just thank god the parasite was gone! So then I got searching and kept coming across using activated charcoal for so many things – your skin, hair and teeth. Which lead to me discover doing a ‘DO-IT-YOURSELF home facial mask’.

Who knew that activated charcoal was used a star ingredient for one!

Using activated charcoal is said to have many benefits for the skin – removal of unwanted toxins, bacteria’s and micro-particles (dead cells) from your skin, opens and cleans out smaller pores, treats acne, whilst also balances oily skin from acting as an exfoliating deep cleanser.

Hallelujah come at me!

Using it as a face mask will leave your skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed. It’ll feel as if your skin can breathe again.

The charcoal is all-natural and won’t add new chemicals to your skin when you use it. That is, it’s not metabolized, adsorbed or absorbed by the body, but it can be used to treat some poisonous bites and disinfect wounds! Again, who knew?!

You’ll want to do a mask sparingly–once or twice per week at the most–so that you don’t dry out your skin. If you already have dry skin, you’re best to steer clear of it for this use.

THE DO-IT-YOURSELF FACE MASK RECIPE!

Ingredients //

-1 teaspoon activated charcoal (in powder form)

-1 teaspoon water or rosewater

-1 teaspoon aloe vera gel or juice

-5 drops tea tree oil (optional)

-1 pinch sea salt

What you do //

-Mix all ingredients until you have one even color and consistency.

-Apply the mixture to your face in a thin, even coat. Allow the mask to dry and then wash off!

-This mask is safe for most skin types, but you should first do a spot test to make sure this mask is right for you.

-Apply to a small patch of skin, let dry, wash off gently using a damp cloth.

-Then apply a face moisturizer if you have one.

-Wait 24 hours to see how your skin reacts.

 

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