Homemade Face Masks
Tired of spending too much money on facials at the store? Try these homemade facials that you can customize to your skin’s needs. What I love about these at home face masks is they’re very simple, but still accomplish the same as an expensive facial.
Plus, you know exactly what the ingredients are. So if your skin needs a quick pick-me-up, I always keep these ingredients in my house. Go ahead and pick at least two ingredients down below based on what you feel your skin needs.
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Wait, I Only Need Two Ingredients for Homemade Facials?
Yes! You can add more if you want. But this is really all you need! How exactly can these facials be customized to your skin? Just mix and match the ingredients based on what your skin needs at the moment.
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If you’ve never used or heard of activated charcoal before, you must be thinking “You want me to put burn residue on my face?!?” Definitely not.
Activated charcoal is a very potent and unique kind of ingredient primarily used for detoxing. It’s typically made from coconut shells or other natural substances. What makes activated charcoal unique is that it pulls absolutely every possible toxin from anything it comes in contact with.
The microscopic pores within the activated charcoal are so porous that it can absorb toxins up to 1,000 times bigger than itself. This jet black powder can be taken either internally or externally, like these capsules here. Because of this, it’s usually easier to get the ingestible capsules.
I just break open one or two of them for one of my favorite detoxing homemade facials. Once the activated charcoal absorbs its toxins, it simply sits with them until it washes away or digests. This means that the toxins won’t re-release into your blood stream and make you feel gross and sluggish later.
Another amazing detox powder, bentonite clay is made from volcanic ash called Montmorillonite. It’s full of minerals, such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, silica, and iron. It can be used topically or as a supplement.
What makes bentonite clay so unique is its detox properties come to life when it comes int contact with water. When wet, if it touches a heavy metal or toxin, they will get sucked right up! It also works similar to activated charcoal, in that it will not re-release any toxins back into your bloodstream if ingested.
You can get massive tubs of the light grey powder, or you can even get them in capsule form. From my experience, it is very common to find the straight powder instead of the capsules. I love to get it in big jars that last me for years, like this one here!
One important thing to remember is that bentonite clay cannot touch any metal when wet. If you use a metal spoon to make your mask, the detox properties will be lost. So try to use a wooden or plastic spoon instead.
What’s the Difference Between Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal?
Great question! From my research, there doesn’t seem to be much difference at all. One thing to note, however, is that activated charcoal seems to be much more potent. As in you probably should not use it on your face more than twice a week.
I’ve seen people put bentonite clay in water to drink every day for help with digestion. Whereas if they drank activated charcoal on a daily basis, they would lose valuable gut bacteria. Activated charcoal is great for relieving more intense digestive issues, such as nausea and gas.
Another thing I’d like to note is that if you do homemade facials with either of these powders, you might want to moisturize afterwards. They cleanse and tighten your pores, which means you might feel a little dry. I don’t recommend putting both powders together in a mask because of this.
I also love to use aloe vera gel instead of water for my masks! The bentonite clay still works great, plus I’m adding in some extra benefits from this amazing desert plant.
Aloe Vera Gel
The leaves of the aloe plant do way more than treat sunburns! Aloe vera gel is full of nutrients that I’m sure your skin is hungry for. In addition to healing sunburns, aloe also calms general inflammation while soothing and moisturizing your skin. Aloe also has anti-inflammatory properties that fight acne.
So if you have a light sunburn, irritated skin, or some acne to fight off, an at home face with with aloe is a must! I almost always put aloe in my masks because it acts as a more efficient binding agent than water. It’s even one of the base ingredients for my homemade lotion recipe!
I know that the idea of putting sweet sticky stuff on your face sounds a bit crazy, but hear me out. Raw, unfiltered honey is like a Swiss army knife in natural beauty. You can use it in your hair, on your skin, and as a natural sweetener replacement, like in my frozen yogurt pop recipe.
As for putting honey on your face, the benefits are definitely worth it. Like aloe vera gel, honey is very moisturizing. Because of this, I love to put it in my masks if I have a powder. And if you think that honey will be hard to wash off, never fear! It washes out just like the other ingredients in this post.
Raw honey is also one of the best ingredients for fighting acne. It’s powerful antibacterial properties help current breakouts and prevent new ones form forming. You can even use straight honey for pimple spot treatments!
Final Thoughts on Homemade Facials
Some combinations that I do on a regular basis include honey and aloe, activated charcoal or bentonite clay with aloe, and honey with bentonite clay. As for measurements, I just do a 1:1 ratio.
An example could be one part honey to one part aloe. I leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes before I wash it off with warm water and pat my face dry.
So to summarize, bentonite clay and activated charcoal are great for detoxing your whole body, with their own respective specialties. Aloe vera gel soothes and moisturizes your skin, while honey fights acne and any bacteria. So experiment with these ingredients and fid your own favorite!
What do you use to make your favorite at home face mask? Let me know in the comments below!
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