I’m always getting asked about my favorite products and skincare hacks. Amongst my friends, it’s no secret that I’m a product junkie and have a high-low collection from CVS to Goop. Truly though, I’m super basic when it comes to my weekly routine, and I’m into keeping it reliable, no-fuss and inexpensive.
Most Sunday evenings, I whip up a potent, skin clarifying DIY treatment. With its primary ingredients being Bentonite clay and activated charcoal, this powerful mask packs a green beauty punch for your skin!
Bentonite clay is nature’s not-so-secret weapon to naturally detoxify skin. It’s not only packed full of minerals to control natural oil production, but it also has a strong negative electrical charge that attaches to impurities to yank them out of your pores. Yes, an electric charge! Aztec Clay is a cult favorite amongst green beauty gurus, and is also what I use for this mask.
Activated charcoal is a holy skin grail in its own right too! It has a gritty texture which is a great gentle exfoliant, as well as antibacterial properties to deeply cleanse your skin.
I’ve more recently begun studying the ancient medicine of essential oils, which led me to add Frankincense and lavender to this treatment. Uneven skin tone is a constant struggle for me, and adding these oils has been a game-changer! On top of smelling divine and creating a mini aroma therapy experience for your DIY spa night, they also target scarring and dislocation, making them a perfect ally for this powerful mask.
What You’ll Need:
1 small bowl
1 non-metal spoon (This is important! Metal reacts poorly with the clay’s electric charge. I use a small plastic spatula)
1 clean wash cloth or towel
1 Tablespoon Bentonite clay
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal
1 Tablespoon water (Optional: Switch for apple cider vinegar for even more detox power)
3 drops Frankincense oil
3 drops lavender oil
Mix dry ingredients together in small bowl with non-metal spoon. Slowly add in water or apple cider vinegar until you create a slightly thick paste. The paste shouldn’t be watery. If it is, no worries. Just add a bit more of your dry ingredients until you reach desired consistency. Next, add in your oils and mix all together. Use non-metal spoon to apply to your face and leave on for 10-12 minutes or until mask is dry. Rinse off with warm water and dry wash cloth. Follow up with toner and moisturizer.
This clean, homemade masks is truly one of my secret weapons. If you’re looking for a simple introduction into diversifying your skincare with greener ingredients, I’d definitely recommend starting here. What other types of skin remedies would you be interested in? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!