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Amazing Clear Skin Face Mask Recipe

written by Olivia Akumu January 14, 2017

If you read my recent post on New Year’s Beauty Resolutions, you’ll know I made a few resolutions that relate to getting my skincare on point. I’ve never really had any major problems with my skin – until the Easter of 2016 – when I had a sudden, horrible and persistent outbreak out of cystic acne on my face. It literally came out of nowhere, took months to go down and left dark marks all over my cheeks, which I’m still trying to cover up to this day.

At some point towards the end of last year, I started reading up on the benefits of using face masks to deep clean the skin of all the gunk and to get a more even complexion. What was even better, I realised that I could make my own face masks at home minus all the harmful chemicals that are usually packed into store bought alternatives. After a little more digging I came across a brilliant recipe that I’m now using twice a week and which leaves my skin feeling noticeably smoother and brighter (not lighter, just brighter and more “alive”).

To make this amazing, skin-clearing mask you’ll need four ingredients:

  • Activated charcoal
  • Bentonite clay
  • Sandalwood powder
  • Rosewater (you can also replace this with water)


Activated Charcoal

This is not your regular charcoal. Activated charcoal is made by taking regular charcoal (i.e. carbon) and taking it through an “activation” process that infuses it with acids at very high temperatures. This process increases the surface area of the carbon and makes it extremely porous allowing liquids or gases to pass through the charcoal and interact with the exposed carbon. The carbon adsorbs (i.e. attracts and binds to itself) a wide range of impurities and contaminants, including chlorine, odors, and pigments. Other useful substances are not attracted and are not filtered out. Genius!

Why it’s awesome for a face mask:

  • It binds to and helps to literally pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible!
  • It draws out unwanted excess oils  – best to steer clear of this if you have super dry skin


Benotnite clay

Bentonite clay is also known as a “healing clay” that cleanses and heals the body, and has been used in Ayurveda medicine for centuries. In addition to being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay has a range of minerals, including,  calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.

Why it’s awesome for a face mask:

  • It unclogs pores and shrink their appearance
  • It helps control the overproduction of sebum (a natural oil): oily skin with too much sebum encourages the production of bacteria. Bye bye acne!
  • It gives a definite glow to your face
  • It helps reduce the appearance of scars



Sandalwood is also well used use in Ayurveda medicine and is known for its antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties.

Why it’s awesome for a face mask:

  • It softens the skin – and I mean baby skin smooth!
  • It helps to treat acne
  • It brightens your complexion



For enough for one face application:

  • 2 capsules of activated charcoal
  • 1/2 tsp of bentonite clay powder
  • 1/2 tsp of sandalwood powder
  • Enough rosewater (or regular water) to bring the mask up to your preferred consistency

Important: Make sure you mix these with a non-metal spoon or you will kill the properties in the bentonite clay!



All the ingredients are available right here in the 254. I got the activated charcoal from HealthyU (in all major malls around town) and the bentonite clay and sandalwood from Sheth Naturals.

Let me know if you tried this and what you think!



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