New face mask recipe features; activated charcoal, frankincense & manuka honey to deliver an amazing healthy glow for 35+ skin…
If you love easy natural home skin care recipes featuring essential oils, that work as well as (or even better than) expensive cosmetician or spa treatments, you’ve come to the right place. Did you know a number of commercial honey-charcoal masks cost $35, $55 or even $75 a treatment? Here below I’m going to show you how to save all that money, and do it naturally [:O)
Today I have an amazing new gentle face mask recipe we’ve developed in our lab, featuring; activated charcoal, almond, frankincense & geranium oils. If you’re age 35+ this can work wonders for your complexion. Making this easy mask at home takes 2-minutes or less, and you just have to apply it to your face for 10-minutes or so to see benefits right away. Further below in his video, Dr Josh Axe also explains why activated charcoal is great for healthy skin as an amazing natural pro-aging treatment (activated charcoal has many other internal & external health benefits he also describes in the video).
- 2-3 Activated Charcoal Capsules (get at any drug or natural food store – activated charcoal is most typically made from coconut shells that have been specially heated, then ground to an ultra-fine powder)
- 2 Tablespoons of Manuka or Organic Honey
- 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (or essential oil of your choice)
- 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil (or essential oil of your choice)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Oil (or carrier oil of your choice)
How to Make this Mask: place your honey in a small bowl. Carefully open your charcoal capsules (either by pulling the capsule apart or by cutting with scissors or a knife). Be very careful not to let the charcoal powder inside fly out – activated charcoal powder is very fine). Add a small amount of almond oil (or other carrier oil of your choice – I’ve found adding a few natural oils to this recipe helps distribute the charcoal throughout). But don’t add too much almond or other oil. Mix.
Next, add your chosen pro-aging essential oils (I like frankincense & geranium). Mix. While you’re mixing, consider this; activated charcoal has hundreds of thousands of microscopic pores that give it a huge effective surface area with which to adsorb – pulling toxins away from your skin and purifying. This is one of the main reasons I recommend activated charcoal treatments – natural activated charcoal from coconut is simple, inexpensive and just plain works because proven skin & medical science makes it happen.
Applying the Mask: This is important: First off, wash your face well, so the mask will make full contact with your skin. Any facial oil layer prevents you from getting the full benefit, so your skin needs to be absolutely clean – or you’ll potentially be wasting your time and money. The good news is, it’s easy to fix. I like to prepare for any face treatment with the Perfect Curve silicone ultrasonic facial cleansing brush . It’s the top-rated silicone cleansing device on Amazon (see proof here) because it delivers a gentle, deep-down clean you can’t get any other way. Gentle ultrasonic cleansing ensures this (and any other) mask, cream or serum makes good contact with your skin (because beneficial ingredients won’t be repelled from your skin’s surface after you brush it on).
Then, using a regular cosmetic applicator brush, apply the honey mask to your face (paying particular attention to wrinkle-prone areas around the eyes, nose and mouth). You can also make a little more quantity and apply this to your wrinkle-prone frontal neck region if you desire – this is what I do and I’m happy with my own results. I believe you will be too.
Now relax and wait at least 10-minutes for the beneficial ingredients to do all the work for you. Let the natural treatment do its magic (20-minutes or more is better)! Then remove the honey mask, in shower or by wash basin. For enhanced massage action, you can also use gentle before & after sonic facial massage with this 3-in-1 Perfect Curve ultrasonic facial device for added ultrasonic massage action around eye & face.
Why is Activated Charcoal so Good for Your Skin? When used in a face mask, charcoal binds to, and helps pull dirt out of your pores. This helps make your pores less visible (oil and dirt makes pores appear bigger than they really are).
Activated charcoal also acts as a very, very gentle facial scrub – allowing you to clean your face with a gentle physical action (instead of soap or other cleansers’ chemical action). But don’t use charcoal every day as a scrub – it’s best to use, at most 2-3 times weekly.
Charcoal & Hair Care: Adding the powder from one or two activated charcoal capsules to your shampoo once in a while is also a good idea as it will work on your scalp & hair follicles the way it does on your skin: pulling out toxins and purifying – totally naturally.
See video above for additional steps to make this & other facial treatments even more effective, using curved sonic massage patterns…More skin & body benefits of activated charcoal, in this video from Dr Axe. And please do check out some of our latest, popular articles, below the video;