After a night out this past Friday, my skin really needed some detoxing. I had two great liquids in the fridge that would be perfect to use in a face mask --fresh aloe leaf and a can of coconut milk, so I decided to take 30 minutes to get my skin deep cleaned, fresh and glowing. Cut to the chase...this mask really did the job! In fact, I was so pleased with how my skin looked after combining the Deep Clean Charcoal Mask with aloe and coconut milk, that I had to write a post about it to share with you!
First, a little about aloe and coconut milk...
Aloe plant is water-rich, soothing, and hydrating to the skin. Aloe vera is great to apply to sunburned skin to help ease the inflammation.
Coconut milk: Coconut milk has high levels of vitamin C, copper, and lauric acid and is a powerful antioxidant. Coconut milk is great for the skin and can be useful in treating lots of issues like dark spots, acne, and wrinkles. It helps even skin tone, promotes collagen production--the copper in coconut being an important co-factor for the production of healthy collagen.
Deep Clean Charcoal Mask powder: This mask is full of wonderful, skin-beneficial ingredients that help purge impurities from your skin. Ingredients include Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal, skin-soothing Allantoin and Zinc, nutrient-rich organic Kelp, and Turmeric. This mask is especially fantastic for stressed skin. You can customize the mask with by choosing liquids that help give you what your skin needs at the moment. This mask can be used 1-3 times a week. I recommend doing this mask at least 2 times a month, with 4 times being even better.
Putting this all together
To mix this mask up, you'll need:
Washcloth - Masks with activated charcoal that ares removed with a washcloth and water will get stained, so keep that in mind when choosing your washcloth. Amazon sells packs of 2 dozen cotton washcloths for a reasonable price.
Non-metal small treatment bowl - I love using my handmade bowl from a local Portland artisan.
Mask brush (optional) - Eco Tools sells a good mask brush.
Wooden or reusable plastic spoon - Avoid using metal utensils or bowls when mixing or apply this mask as Bentonite Clay will lose its effectiveness when it comes in contact with metal.
Deep Clean Charcoal Mask - You will use enough for just one mask application.
Aloe vera juice - I am using the freshly blended juice from the gooey inside of an aloe leaf. You can also use the gel from the natural food store. To make fresh, cut the leaf of the aloe in half, lengthwise and cut or scrape out the gelatinous pulp found inside the leaf, place in a blender and process until smooth. I store the aloe I don't use right away in the fridge for a couple of days. You can apply it to your skin, or to smoothies.
Coconut milk - Use the full fat version of coconut milk, as we use the fat part for the mask. Take a chunk of the fat and microwave for just 6-10 seconds. Don't do it longer or you'll have a mess to clean up (I speak from personal experience).
Make and apply the mask
Scoop or tap out about 2 teaspoons of the Deep Clean Charcoal Mask powder into your small treatment bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon aloe vera juice and 1 teaspoon coconut milk (the fat that gathers at the top of the can is best)
Mix with your wooden or plastic spoon or stirring stick until you get a nice, spreadable paste, not to thick, not too watery.
Add more liquid and stir until you get the right consistency. If you made the mask to thin, add a bit more mask powder. See the photo above to get an idea of the consistency you are looking for.
Apply the mask to your face, neck and upper chest area with your mask brush, or your fingers. Avoid eye area. If you are using a mask brush to apply, make ure you keep the mask off the metal part of the mask brush.
It is always good to do a patch test first, to see how your skin reacts. If your skin is red, give it 30 minutes to calm down. About 10 percent of people who use this mask do have redness afterward, and it always goes away within 30 minutes.
Leave on for about 10 minutes and remove thoroughly with your damp washcloth.
ALWAYS remove clay based masks before they are completely dry! Do NOT wait until it is cracked, thinking that is better. It is not.
After removing the mask remove the remaining charcoal that stays behind...and there is always some that stays behind--using toner, micellar water or your face cleanser. Do not skip this very important step.
When I did this mask yesterday my skin was soft, clean and radiant. After using Hydro Boost Toning Mist to remove any remaining mask, I followed with Paxi's new Vitamin B Serum, then Azure Facial Serum and finally Hydro Firming Eye Serum.
What are your favorite liquids to add to the Deep Clean Charcoal Mask?