Activated Charcoal Mask

If a DIY face mask has a long list of ingredients that I don’t already have laying around, then it seems to like its less effort to just buy a pre-made one right? Right. Well, lucky for us this mask only has THREE ingredients. I had almost everything already, but in case you don’t it’s a one stop shop at any health store. And, each ingredient has multiple uses so you’ll want to have these on hand in life anyway!

What you need: Activated Charcoal Tablets, Rose Water, Rosehip Seed Oil (or any essential oil of your choosing)

Why These:
Activated Charcoal- This is different than regular charcoal because it is created specifically for medicinal use. Activated charcoal is made when oxygen is added to regular charcoal which causes it to expand and creates a large surface area with a lot of pores. All these pores allow charcoal to absorb many toxins. Charcoal is known to absorb 100-200 times its weight in impurities which helps purify and deep clean your skin. (Other uses: treating poison, GI tract infections, nausea, filtering water, healing bug bites, whitening teeth)

Rose Water- I use this as a daily spray to moisturize my face. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness of irritated skin, help with acne, and help with dry skin. It is also a great cleanser as it helps remove oil and dirt in clogged pours. Rose water is essentially rose petals steamed in boiling water, so it can be ingested and has other benefits when taken that way. But, if you buy it at the store read the ingredients in case anything else was added.

Rosehip Seed Oil- This comes from the seeds of the rosehip fruit which is a wild plant that grows in Chile. It is high in essential fatty acids and rich in vitamins and antioxidants, especially Vitamins C and A. Benefits include: correcting UV damage from the sun,  reducing appearance of scars, burns, and stretch marks, hydrates skin, and evens skin tone. All essential oils have their benefits and can be used in this mask!

What you do: In a small container, empty two activated charcoal tablets. Add 2-3 drops of rosehip seed oil. Then add in a small amount of rose water (just enough to make a mask paste) and mix with a Q-tip. Use the Q-tip to spread the mask evenly over your face and leave until it dries (10-15 min). I recommend washing it off in the shower because it is kind of messy.

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