As many of our long term followers know, I am IN LOVE with witch hazel and tea tree oil. I find any and every excuse to use it because it leaves my skin feeling clean, clear and gorgeous…not to mention blemish and bump free.
I use it in my facial spray, face masks, to reduce razor burn and so many other skincare related things. I truly did not think the combination could get better until I discovered active charcoal.
There’s a pharmacy company in Thailand (where I lived for several years!) called Boots that makes their own line o skincare and beauty products. While perusing the shelves there one day I discovered a tea tree oil and activated charcoal facial wash. Obviously I felt compelled to try it.
For those of you who don’t know, activated charcoal is a great natural remedy for ridding your body of toxins. You can take it orally to remove toxins like booze from your tummy, turn it into a paste and use it to help whiten your teeth and so much more.
It is incredibly porous and works by pulling molecules, atoms and ions towards its surface and sticking to it. This process is called adsorption; not to be confused with absorption.
As far as your skin is concerned, the activated charcoal seduces all the nasty bacteria and toxins away from your skin, holding tight onto them until you wash them away. The result – a clean, clear, bright complexion.
Since I began running out of my new fave cleanser and was no longer in Thailand to purchase more, I decided to give it a little DIY loving with a twist of Sabrina. After all, we love a good DIY around these parts.
My DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe
All you need is:
- 1 part Powdered Activated Charcoal (not the tablets)
- 1 part Witch hazel
- 1 part Pure Aloe Vera gel
- 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
Each ingredient is mixed in equal parts so you can make bigger or smaller batches depending on how you like it. In a little bowl, mix together all of your ingredients until thoroughly blended.
You will notice that the activated charcoal tends to separate from the other ingredients, but I’ll share a quick fix for that in a minute.
To use this facial cleanser all you need to do is:
- Start by splashing your face and neck with water
- Give your cleanser a good stir then scoop a quarter-sized amount up and rub it between your fingers **this helps keep the ingredients together
- Rub the cleanser all over your face and gently massage it into areas where you experience regular breakouts and black heads. Do this for at least 1 minute
- Rinse and pat your face dry with a clean towel
- Apply your favourite moisturizer
My skin felt immediately fresh after using this DIY activated charcoal facial cleanser. After just a week I noticed my pores tightening and blackheads (especially on my nose) disappearing. It was pretty amazing. I was also amused daily by the black colour of the cleanser because most cleansers are clear or a very girly colour. This felt bad ass and like it was ready for some serious skin cleansing action. I’m easy to amuse, what can I say!
So go on and give it a try. Be sure to share your experience in the comment section below.
If you’re not up for a DIY remedy, but still want the same results, get your hands on Exposed Acne Treatment systems. It will clear your skin right up and send those blackheads and pimples packing for good.