Soothing And Cleansing Face Mask by Alice Hayes - Musely
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Soothing And Cleansing Face Mask

posted in Skin & Body
04/24/2016
  • 1 TB bentonite clay or French green clay
    2 capsules of activated charcoal, about ½ tsp of powder
    1 TB aloe vera gel

  • In a medium-size bowl (you'll want lots of room to stir the ingredients), stir or whisk together the clay and activated charcoal powder (from inside the capsules). Discard the exterior capsules. It's important to avoid using metal when working with bentonite clay, so opt for a wooden or plastic spoon or fork.
    Add the aloe vera gel to the powder ingredients, and stir to combine. The mask should be wet and a bit lumpy (as pictured). If the mask is too dry or hard to stir, add a bit more aloe vera gel until you reach the desired consistency.

  • To Use: Massage the face mask on a clean face. Let the face mask rest for about 5-10 minutes, then rinse the mask off with warm water and a washcloth. I only use this face mask once a month, because over-using a face mask causes my skin to produce more oil. After using this mask, I like to spray my face with my rose water toner, and then massage my face with moisturizer.

  • Ingredient Notes:

    I use bentonite clay since I keep it on hand for face masks, foundation powder, and even bug bite relief. If you don’t want to use bentonite clay, try French green clay. You can learn more about both ingredients, here.

  • Aloe vera is a common ingredient in natural skincare products due to its soothing and antioxidant properties. If you’re interested in some of the benefits of aloe vera, this article from Mind Body Green is very insightful. It’s important to purchase a quality aloe vera gel that doesn’t contain a bunch of yucky ingredients. My favorite brand is Real Aloe (sold in health food stores and online). Since this recipe only makes enough for a one-time application, you may also use fresh aloe from an aloe plant in this recipe.

  • If you’d like to enjoy a relaxing aromatherapy experience with this mask, add 2-3 drops of your favorite skin-friendly essential oil with the aloe vera gel. I like to use carrot seed essential oil or lavender essential oil.

    From my experience, the black charcoal powder easily washes off cloth surfaces once they are washed in the washing machine with laundry soap. After rinsing your face, your washcloth will probably look like it visited your garden and played in the mud. That said, I don’t recommend using your favorite white Anthropologie washcloth to rinse off this mask :).

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