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Activated Charcoal for Beautiful Skin + Homemade Charcoal Clay Mask

activated charcoal skin

I love activated charcoal! You’ve probably heard of it before for its effective medicinal uses of absorbing toxins or poisons out of the body. Because of its super absorbency power, activated charcoal acts like a magnet inside the body to attach to chemicals so they can be excreted out of the body.

This is also true when it is used externally, which is why activated charcoal is so great for detoxifying and cleansing the skin. Used on the skin, activated charcoal attaches to dirt and oil and cleans out the pores of its impurities so you end up with clean and beautiful skin. 

One thing to mention about activated charcoal is that using it too much can dry out the skin. Because it cleans out the oils from the pores, it can also reduce the moisture you need to keep your skin healthy. This is why you need to be careful so you don’t use it too often. However, when you incorporate it in into your skin care routine sparingly, you’ll begin to see some wonderful changes to your skin like I did.

Benefits of Activated Charcoal for Skin

  • Reduces acne
  • Treats oily skin
  • Decreases blackheads
  • Deep cleans your skin
  • Soothes cuts, insect bites, and skin irritations
  • Evens out skin tone

How to Use Activated Charcoal

1. USE A CHARCOAL CLEANSING BAR SOAP. As I mentioned before, using charcoal too often can dry out your skin. This is why you need to find a high quality soap with a special formula that also contains moisturizing oils.pdp_charcoalcleansingbar_selling-shot_528_613This is my favorite charcoal bar soap which has done wonders for my acne. I only use it about 3 times a week while still oil cleansing the rest of the time, and it’s still so effective in clearing up my face and occasional back acne. Depending on how your skin feels, you can use it as often as everyday, twice a day. Unfortunately, they sell out pretty fast so if you can’t access that link, please subscribe here so you can be informed immediately via email when it’s back in stock!

2. DEEP CLEAN WITH A CHARCOAL CLAY MASK. I only use charcoal mask twice a week, and I actually look forward to the days I do them because I’m obsessed with the way it makes my skin feel afterwards. It’s such a simple routine that yields really great results. My skin looks so much better, clearer, with reduced pore sizes and blackheads.

Just a note: your skin may feel dry and look red right after you use the mask, so follow up with a high quality moisturizer. The redness should go away after a few hours so I like to use the mask at night before I go to bed so I can wake up to improved skin tone and quality.

You can see my DIY method of using charcoal clay mask below, but if you don’t want to make your own, I highly recommend this Purifying Charcoal Mask. It’s top-notch quality with its mineral-rich mix of kaolin clay and charcoal, and you can feel a huge difference in your skin from just 1 use.

Are you convinced yet that you need to start including activated charcoal into your skin care routine? If not, give this homemade charcoal clay mask a try and I bet you’ll absolutely love it!


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activated charcoal skin

activated charcoal skin

activated charcoal skin

Homemade Charcoal Clay Mask
 
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Instructions
  1. Wash your face as usual and dry it thoroughly with a towel.
  2. Using a plastic or glass container** and measuring spoons, combine all ingredients and mix until a paste is formed. Add more apple cider or water if the mixture is too thick to spread.
  3. Apply and spread the charcoal clay mask on your face in a thin layer, avoiding your eyes and your mouth.
  4. Leave on for 15-20 minutes until the mask dries.
  5. Wash with warm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
  6. Use every 3-7 days, depending on how your skin feels.
Notes
*If you hate the smell of apple cider vinegar, you can just use plain water for this recipe.
**When using bentonite clay and activated charcoal, use glass, ceramic, or plastic with your utensils and containers. They both lose their effectiveness when they come in contact with metal.

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Homemade DIY Activated Charcoal Clay Mask Skin Care

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

homemade clay toothpasteHomemade clay toothpaste is something I started attempting after I became a fan of Earthpaste, an all-natural toothpaste without chemicals and additives. I hate that conventional toothpaste contain hormone disruptors like triclosan and fluoride, unnecessary artificial sweeteners, and foaming agents like DEA which is linked with various cancers. No thank you. While Earthpaste worked for me for a while, I didn’t like that it had a sweet flavor and I thought it would be fun to make my own.

As a side note, my dental health has improved dramatically through the past several years as I changed my diet and started using natural toothpastes. Remember: your dental health reflects your overall health in general, so if you find that you are prone to cavities and inflammation in your gums, it’s worth looking into your diet and finding out what imbalances are happening in your body.

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

Why Use Clay?

Clay, specifically bentonite clay, is known to contain an abundance of beneficial trace minerals and vitamins and has traditionally been used to boost immunity and to treat mineral deficiencies. It also has an amazing quality of binding to heavy metals, toxins, bacteria, and harmful substances so they can be removed from body. When used in toothpaste, it helps remineralize our teeth with calcium and magnesium, and its binding component also cleans out the mouth of any bacteria that may be forming.

Coupled with stain-reducing baking soda, the antibacterial component of coconut oil, and essentials oils that optimize their effectiveness, this recipe makes an awesome toothpaste that leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Remember, When Using Bentonite Clay…

Bentonite clay should NOT come in contact with any metals. When this happens, it loses its effectiveness because it absorbs the metals that it comes in contact with. When using bentonite clay, use glass, ceramic, or plastic with your utensils and containers.

Also, I recommend you purchase bamboo toothbrushes to reduce your exposure to plastic (something like this). Making small changes to our daily routine can ensure that we reduce the amount of toxins that enter our body and the environment, while saving money at the same time if you go the DIY route!

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste
Homemade Clay Toothpaste
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp bentonite clay
  • ¼ cup filtered water + more, if needed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I like the combo of peppermint and thieves)
Instructions
  1. In a glass, plastic, ceramic container (do NOT use metal), mix together bentonite clay, melted coconut oil, and water with a non-metal spoon until well mixed.
  2. Add baking soda and essential oils and mix again.
  3. If the toothpaste is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
  4. Put in a glass or plastic container, where you can dip your toothbrush to use the toothpaste. Alternatively, if you have other people using the toothpaste as well, you can store in a bpa-free plastic squeeze tube.

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DIY Homemade Clay Toothpaste