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How to Make a DIY Charcoal Face Mask for Every Skin Type

Create a base formula using equal parts dry clay and activated charcoal powder. Always combine your dry ingredients first, then gently fold in wet ones.

  • 1 tablespoon Aztec bentonite clay powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic activated charcoal
  • 2 teaspoons water (you can add more for desired consistency)
  • Add-ins according to skin type
  • Mihakka tool for mask removal

Celebrity esthetician and founder of Kát Rudu Beauty, Kát Rudu, known for her gentle treatments that leave you looking virtually poreless, shares recommendations for DIY charcoal mask add-ins below. Note that when working with essential oils, it’s important to take precautions especially since this recipe does not call for a carrier oil to dilute them. Don’t assume that more is better—accoring to Rudu, “Two drops of each essential oil in the recipe below is sufficient.”

Bubble Charcoal Mask Formula

To make a carbonated charcoal or bubble mask, add in food grade baking soda and food grade citric acid in a 2:1 ratio. This formula creates a natural fizz. Don’t expect the same type of bubbles from a store bought mask, as those use carbonic acid.

Be sure to apply to your face as soon as you mix in your carbonated add-ins for full effects. Wash off with warm water after five minutes. Do note that citric acid is a powerful exfoliant, so those with sensitive or reactive skin should use with caution and patch test before applying to the face.

Balanced Skin Add-In

Rudu favors pure lavender essential oil plus rose water and aloe for those with balanced skin. Add two drops of each oil to your formula.

These masks work best for single use, so mix and apply for best results. Leave on for five to 20 minutes. Any mask formulated with clay does not need to dry on your skin to effectively pull toxins. In fact, misting your face with water while you mask helps keep the minerals in the clay active for best results.

Combination Skin Add-In

According to Rudu, two drops of pure azulene oil works wonders when it comes to add-ins for combination skin. She also likes to add a few drops of chamomile tea to reduce redness and provide a natural glow.

Dry Skin Add-In

For dry skin, Rudu suggests adding a nickel-size amount of Vaseline or a few drops of grape seed oil.

Oily Skin Add-In

Rudu suggests incorporating a few drops of alcohol-free witch hazel into the formula to balance oily skin. For a calming effect, add two drops essential lavender or rose oil.

Acneic Skin Add-In

A tablespoon of probiotic Greek yogurt or two drops of tea tree oil are Rudu’s go-to DIY add-ins for acneic skin.

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