3 DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Masks

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Activated charcoal — not to be confused with plain charcoal — has become a common ingredient in skin care products, due to its deep-cleansing properties. It can be found in facial soaps, masks, liquid cleansers, and even in makeup primers with the purpose of preventing your skin from getting oily. Activated charcoal, which is a form of processed carbon, has an adsorptive quality that allows it to bind to dirt, oil and environmental pollutants, lifting them from the skin. It's inexpensive and easy to find at pharmacies and health food stores, usually in the form of capsules or loose powder. You can mix it with your face cleanser for a deep cleanse or use with other ingredients to create simple, effective facial treatments.

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Warning

  • Activated charcoal may stain your clothes. Before preparing any of these face masks consider changing your clothes. Make sure to wear something you don't mind getting dirty when you apply the mask to your face. If your clothes get stained, rinse them right away.

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1. Gentle purifying mask

Quickly detox your pores with this easy-to-make mask, which harnesses charcoal's absorbing powers to remove impurities from your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Activated charcoal (1 capsule or 1 Tbsp)
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Face mask brush or mixing tool

In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with the content of 1 capsule of activated charcoal until it creates a smooth paste. Apply to the face avoiding the eye area. Keep the mask on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse off completely. Repeat twice a week for optimal results.

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2. Purifying Mask for Blemish-Prone Skin

Want to banish pimples? Use this purifying mask to prevent blemishes from becoming the bane of your existence.

Things You'll Need

  • Activated charcoal (1 capsule or 1 Tbsp)
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Face oil (carrier)
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Face mask brush or mixing tool

Mix the content of 1 capsule of activated charcoal with 1 tablespoon of facial oil (like jojoba or grape seed) and 2 drops of tea tree oil. Apply to the face avoiding the eye area (tea tree can be irritating to the eyes). Keep the mask on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinse off completely. Repeat twice a week.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

3. Deep Cleansing Mask

Clear your pore with this ultra-deep cleansing mask.

Things You'll Need

  • Activated charcoal (1 capsule or 1 Tbsp)
  • Clay powder
  • Face oil (carrier)
  • Face mask brush or mixing tool

Mix the content of 1 capsule of activated charcoal with 1 teaspoon of clay powder (choose the best one for your skin type), and 1 tablespoon of face oil, like jojoba or grape seed (you may also use avocado oil or olive oil). Apply to the face avoiding the eye area. Keep the mask on the skin for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off completely. Repeat up to twice a week.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)
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