Charcoal is the bee’s knees when it comes to removing toxins. Medically, it is the go to in emergency rooms to rid stomachs of toxins aka too much booze and pills, among other things. Charcoal goes into the tummy, absorbs all the toxins and shit and then responsibly comes back out with the poison by its side. These days, the beauty, health, and skincare industries are going bananas over activated charcoal. Why? See, when it comes to your skin and charcoal, activated charcoal is a magnet for all of the bad stuff you don’t want in your pores. It has an absorptive property meaning it has the ability to absorb things. And charcoal likes to absorb, not be absorbed, so it does its job like a good little helper and leaves, taking all the toxins with it. Pretty fucking cool, right? I know. Even our friends at Allure agree.
Spring cleaning doesn’t stop at closets and garages in my house. No way, Jose (Click to see my forever favorite use of the phrase. I digress. Enjoy!) My To Do List has a few chores that involve personal Spring cleanups. And yes, my potty mouth is on the fucking list. Another though, is cleaning out my pours with this DIY Purifying Charcoal Mask. It is easy and ridiculously effective. Oil and dirt, be gone!
Here is what you need:
Activated Charcoal– 1.5 tsp
Aloe Vera Gel– 1.5 tsp
Tea Tree Oil– 5 drops (listen and obey. TTO is powerful stuff. Oh, and keep it away from your mouth!)
Water- 1.5 tsp
Now, I opt to get the capsules and empty the charcoal myself. I use the capsules for my mad stomach problems, as well, so when it’s time to make the mask I simply bust that bitch open and empty the charcoal into a container. You can purchase the charcoal in powder form if you so desire.
Tea Tree Oil is a gift from sweet baby Jesus. That’s right! You know what time it is! RISE! Come on, now! Stand up you dirty, little heathens! Praise Jesus because this shit is going to change your life! Read this article to learn why TTO is one of natures badasses. You are going to try to tongue kiss me next time you see me for this one.
The old aloe vera gel, eh? Yep. I am confident you are aware of Aloe vera’s soothing abilities. Sunburn relief 101. Adding aloe vera to this purifying mask does more than you would have thought. AVG moisturizes, it contains anti-microbial properties which help kick acnes ass, it’s an antioxidant, it firms the skin, and it treats pain and inflammation like a pro. Here are some other uses for aloe vera gel since you will be stocking up from now on.I crack open these bad boys and collect about a teaspoon and half of charcoal powder. Control your sneezes around this stuff! It is a very fine powder so be careful while it’s loose. It won’t stain but it will get everywhere if you’re not careful.
I put all of the ingredients into a shot glass or a very small glass mixing bowl. Whatever is handy. I use a wooden spatula to mix the ingredients together, very well, until a nice, smooth paste has formed. You can always add a few more drops off water if its too thick but make sure not to get it too watery. I like mine to be about the consisteny of mayo.
I remove all of my makeup and cleanse my face just before applying the mask. I like to put hot, damp towel on my face for a few minutes, until cooled, to get my pores open and ready for the purifying mask to do its job. Then I pull my hair up and make sure all of my hair stays out of the way with a thick hair band (check out these, these, and these). Using a wooden stick, I grab some product and smear it where I want it.
Once I get the mask on my face, I use my fingers to smooth it and apply it precisely where I want it. I relax and allow the mask to dry for about 10 minutes. Once completely dried, I remove the mask by rinsing with warm water. I like to have a little fun with the removal process. I created this very stylish and sophisticated man beard during the removal process. I like this look. Say I were a real man wearing this “Hollywoodian” styled beard. I would use a shit load of aftershave, wear super expensive gator skinned boots, fancy pajamas, a golden nugget pinky ring, and my 4th wife would be quite young, maybe my daughters best friend or something. Below is a guide I like to reference when creating facial mask man beards. The Copstash Standard wears well on everyone, no matter what face shape. You’re welcome.
Once the mask has been rinsed completely, I towel dry my face and proceed with my normal skincare routine.
You will notice immediate benefits from this mask. Your skin will feel smooth, tight, moisturized, and purified. Use this mask once a month, TSPeepers, and reap the benefits of this cool ass concoction.
And while you’re at it, read this to learn what you should be swallowing everyday. The inside matters, bitches.
Forget about that laundry for today and purify your shit, girl!
It can wait. Your face shouldn’t have to. XOXO