Recently I heard about Activated Charcoal and its benefits. I thought WHY did I not know about this?! I immediately purchased a bar of soap made with activated charcoal and loved it. It made my skin feel super clean and it has a nice scent to it. I wanted to purchase the face wash as well but it was so expensive! I figured I would just make some myself. So.. why activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is better known for it's use in the stomach but it has many other beneficial uses. One being on the skin. So using it in body care products is a new must for me. When used on the face, it pulls the junk out of your pores and leaves your face feeling super clean and refreshed.
This is a super easy DIY recipe with only three ingredients. Coconut oil, baking soda, and activated charcoal. You can get these anywhere. At first I couldn't find the charcoal at CVS and I even asked if they had it and they said no. But instead of looking under the "A" section for activated, it was under the "C" section for charcoal, activated. The baking soda adds a bit of exfoliation to the face wash, which is great to get rid of the dead skin cells.
Here's the supplies you need with the recipe:
Measure out your ingredients, luckily the weather is a bit warmer so getting the coconut oil out wasn't a pain as it usually it. The activated charcoal comes in capsules that you will twist open to get the powder.
Next, add about 1/3 of the coconut oil to a bowl and stir around a bit. Then add in the charcoal powder and stir.
Add in all of the baking soda then stir.
Add in the remainder of the coconut oil and stir until everything is mixed well.
Ta-da! Done. Super quick and super easy. Now it's ready to use. Prior to use I would use a warm face cloth to really open those pores up then lather on. I let mine sit for about 10-15 minutes, to get a really good deep clean. For now i'm going to use it every other day then once a week. The coconut oil leaves your skin feeling so soft, I didn't even have to use a moisturizer after. Hadley thought I looked hilarious.
Get your DIY on and give it a shot!