I had a lot of fun making this DIY charcoal face mask.   My six year old daughter looked at me super strangely when I had it on my face and asked me “what’s THAT on your face?”

“It’s beauty, my dear, beauty on my face.”   Oh the things we do for beauty.

I don’t know if you have noticed it, but charcoal is the beauty ingredient of the year.   Charcoal face masks are popping up everywhere, and with good reason!

DIY Charcoal Face Mask

Activated charcoal is a powerful beauty ingredient because of its capacity for absorbing toxins.   And if you’re like me, you’d rather get those toxins out of your face.  It’s also a very gentle natural exfoliant, so it can help to brighten your complexion without aggravating sensitive skin.

Got blackheads?   I do, and that is why I love that activated charcoal can help to reduce the appearance of blackheads.   I loved how clear my nose looked after I washed this mask off.

Bentonite clay is a drawing agent, has been reported to reduce the appearance of old acne scars when used as a mask.  It also can help reduce inflammation or redness in the skin.  The clay gives this mask the clay-like texture and helps it to draw impurities out of the pores.  And as a fun side-note, did you know that much of the bentonite clay on the market comes from my home state of Wyoming?  Pretty cook, huh?

Kunzea essential oil is a kissing cousin to tea tree essential oil.   They have very similar skincare uses, but kunzea is a lot nicer smelling and gentler on the skin.  Kunzea essential oil can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes, which is why I included it in this diy charcoal face mask.   Plus I think you’ll love the aroma.


DIY Charcoal Face Mask

DIY Charcoal Face Mask Instructions

Here’s what you need:

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small glass bowl and use fork to combine until as smooth as you can make it.   If it seems a little too thick, thin with additional 1/4 teaspoons of water until it is a clay-like consistency.
  2. Immediately apply to a clean, dry face and allow to dry until cracking.  This could take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, so watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix.
  3. Then carefully wash all of the mask off your face, dry and then moisturize!


This recipe makes enough for one face mask and does not store well, so make sure to use it all up as soon as you make it.

Drawing masks can be drying (because they are sucking impurities out of the skin), so make sure to rinse carefully and moisturize.  Don’t do a purifying mask more than twice a week or as your skin tolerates.

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