How has your face faired this pandemic? Every week I’m trying to balance the effects of the “mask.”
Pandemic Face masks create an occlusive, or closed up, environment that increases the amount of moisture next to your skin. This excess moisture poses no concerns if you are wearing a mask for a short period of time, such as while grocery shopping or during a medical appointment. However, when wearing a mask for hours at a time, the excess moisture can lead to breakouts and skin irritation on the nasal bridge, chin or cheeks.
Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is a fine black powder that’s produced when common charcoal is exposed to high heat. This exposure creates tiny internal spaces or holes in the charcoal, making it highly absorbent and able to trap chemicals and toxins.
Instead of buying a charcoal mask, you can use some simple ingredients to make your own.
To get started, you’ll need a mixing bowl, measuring spoons, a towel, and the following ingredients:
2 tsp. water
1 tsp. bentonite clay (Buy some here.)
1 tsp. activated charcoal powder
1/2 tsp. raw honey
1 drop essential oil (optional)
Making a charcoal mask can be a bit messy if you’re not careful. Because the charcoal powder can get blown around easily, it’s best to make the mask in an area away from any drafts or open windows.
If you’re looking for a natural remedy to help give your skin a healthy glow, a DIY charcoal mask may be worth trying.