DIY: Blackhead beating, All-natural Clay mask

Blackheads are the bane of my existence. My makeup can look flawless, my eyebrows can be fleeky but it’s a guarantee that my blackheads will still be popping through and pulling focus.

To combat this I have tried a wide variety of face masks and creams, and while some of them have helped I still felt at a loss until a few months back when I was experimenting and found this magical combination of ingredients.

Do it yourself’ers are great because you can control what you’re actually putting onto your face, and since my skin is super sensitive that’s important to stop any mad flare ups or break outs. It’s also really cheap with most of the ingredients just a couple of pounds online.

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You’ll need:

½ Tablespoon Bentonite Clay

  • Known as “healing clay” for its detoxifying properties, it works to draw out impurities whilst reducing inflammation on the skin.

3 Tablets/1 Teaspoon Activated Charcoal

  • Often used in addition with Bentonite clay, activated charcoal also has detoxifying properties which deeply cleanse and clean clogged pores.

1 Teaspoon Honey

  • Used in many face masks for its anti-bacterial properties, honey is also full of anti-oxidants which slows signs of aging and is super moisturising.

1 Tablespoon Green tea (brewed)

  • This not only binds the mixture together but also helps energise and refresh the skin (you can even use it as a toner.)

1 Teaspoon Coconut oil

This is a natural moisturiser and will help soften your skin during the treatment.

To do:

Firstly, you’ll want to brew your green tea with boiling water and then set aside to steep and cool completely. Next, using the back of a spoon or a mortar and pestle grind your charcoal into a fine powder. Once this is done sprinkle the clay and charcoal powder into a bowl and stir till combined. Next add the honey and the cooled tea before mixing into a thick paste.

Using a foundation brush, apply the mask evenly making sure you avoid your sensitive eye area.

As the mask begins to dry you will notice a tightening sensation, and while some might want to wait until the mask is completely dry I prefer to take it off while it’s still slightly damp to avoid drying out my skin.

Once removed, apply your favourite moisturiser and you’re good to go. I’ve noticed that after using this mask every fortnight or so my pores appear smaller and smoother, making makeup application an absolute doddle.

 

Let me know if you give this mask a whirl! As always I love hearing your thoughts and feedback.

-L

 

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