ACTIVATED CHARCOAL ~ DIY SKIN CLEARING MASK

Activated charcoal is an amazing addition to natural skin care and also beneficial for your health. It is commonly taken internally as a safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses in emergency trauma centers across the world. When taken as an occasional supplement, it can be used to reduce bloating, gas and hangovers but when used topically it can help whiten teeth, relieve bug bite irritation and help improve your skin! Activated charcoal is very porous and is able to trap toxins, bacteria, dirt and chemicals. When used in skin care, it can absorb dirt, toxins and oil from pores, which can purify and detoxify the skin. As a result, it can be very beneficial for oily skin, breakouts and acne.

It is important to note that activated charcoal is NOT the charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed. Activated charcoal is a substance made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits, and/or sawdust. It is oxidized using steam or air at high temperatures, which gives it a medical property increasing the surface area and allowing it to be very porous and helpful for detox.

As many of you know, I try to be chemical free and because of that I encourage you to find a pure form of activated charcoal. I prefer one from natural sources, such as coconut shells, that does not include a bunch of fillers. The purer the better!

Several of my professional skin care products at the Spa include activated charcoal as an ingredient. But if you cannot afford a professional skin care line or if you simply enjoy making your own, here is a simple DIY activated charcoal mask for you:

INGREDIENTS:

1 capsule activated charcoal
2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
3 drops tea tree essential oil*

Combine ingredients in a glass container and mix well.  Gently massage onto cleansed skin, avoiding eye and mouth area. Leave on skin for 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. *For very sensitive skin only use 1 drop tea tree essential oil or avoid all together.

WARNING: This mask is black, do not be alarmed 🙂 Activated charcoal can stain grout, fabrics and temporarily your hairline/eyebrows if you have light-colored hair. Protect counters and clothing before using.

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DIY Facial Cleanser ~With Base Recipe & Variations~

I have tried a ton of DIY facial cleanser recipes and I have found that this variation is my favorite so far! It is light and has a sudsy feel to it. It always leaves my face feeling clean and moisturized. Give it a try!

BASIC FACIAL CLEANSER RECIPE:

-2 Tablespoons Oil (I prefer almond, but can do Grapeseed for oily skin or coconut/olive for nut free)

-1/4 tsp Xantham gum

Mix oil and Xantham gum until completely dissolved. This will give your cleanser a thicker texture.

Then add:
-1/4 Cup Aloe Juice or Aloe Gel
-2 Tablespoons Unscented Castile Soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s Unscented)
-2 Tablespoons Glycerine (I prefer Mountain Rose Herbs – Certified Organic)

Mix well. Store in a container with a pump or a container that is easy to dispense. Since this cleanser does not contain any preservatives, it is best to toss any unused product after a week or two.

Can use this recipe for a gentle, unscented facial cleanser. Or create a more advanced facial cleanser by adding your choice essential oils to make it your own. See below for a few variations suggestions.

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VARIATIONS:

1. Lavender Facial Cleanser:
10 Drops Lavender essential oil

2. Vitamin C Facial Cleanser:
10 Drops Orange Essential Oil
4 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
1/2 tsp Liquid C (available at your local vitamin/health store)

3. Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser:
5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1/2 tsp rosehip seed oil, Argan oil or pomegranate seed oil

One thing to remember is that making your own skin care products should be fun. Try different recipes and choose your favorite! For more tips and recipes, subscribe at www.greeneyedgrace.com.

EASY DIY FACIAL CLEANSING POLISH

If you are tired of cleansers and scrubs full of harmful ingredients or if you would like to save a little money and make one yourself, here is a great recipe to try. An easy facial cleansing scrub that leaves your face feeling super soft using natural ingredients.

FACIAL CLEANSING SCRUB INGREDIENTS:

1 Tablespoon Raw Coconut Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Raw Honey
1/2 Tablespoon Unscented Castile Soap*
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

DIRECTIONS:
Mix all ingredients. Put about a teaspoon of cleansing scrub directly in your hands and gently massage into skin. Then take a warm, wet washcloth and remove. You can let the cleansing scrub sit on the skin for a minute for added benefits. This recipe allows for about 3-4 uses, so it will last a couple days. Store in a container with a lid and re-stir before use, if needed.

WHAT ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS:
Coconut Oil
When used with an exfoliant, coconut oil can be very moisturizing for the skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth.

Honey
Amazingly beneficial for the skin. With its natural antiseptic properties, honey can help treat breakouts and give the skin a glow.

Baking Soda
A natural exfoliant that can slough off dead skin cells and help the skin regenerate itself.

Castile Soap
Added to help the cleansing scrub glide across the skin a little easier and cleanse a little deeper.
*I like Dr. Bronner’s.

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