As much as I adore it, summer can take its toll on my skin. Hours in the sun, hours in the heat of the kitchen at work, and time in the sweaty studio often leave my pores begging for a little help. I created this mask on a whim when I noticed some unhappy complexion going on, and realized I was out of my standby green clay powder…
…necessity is the mother of invention, indeed.
I was out of clay, but I DID have some activated charcoal capsules, which have various uses in the health department. One thing they’re noted for is, conveniently enough, their pore-blasting capabilities. So, here’s a couple recipes that take literally seconds to whip up, cost pennies, and are probably laying around your house already! Happy weekend!
SEA SALT SCRUB
I always like to prep my face before a mask with a gentle, exfoliating scrub. This could be made with either raw honey or coconut oil - I just happened to be out of honey, so I swapped it out.
It’s seriously just 1 tsp sea salt (any kind) and 1 tsp coconut oil or honey. Mix with your fingers, gently rub in circular motion all over damp face. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL PORE-CLEANSING MASK
Egg whites are the secret ingredient here - they are moisturizing, pore-cleansing, and tighten the skin of your face, minimizing the look of pores. I’m fond of them as a base. The activated charcoal helps draw out and absorb impurities in the skin, and tea tree is a powerful astringent and anti-bacterial that is balancing on most skin types. If you have super sensitive skin, lavender is the way to go.
1 egg white
2 charcoal capsules
2 drops tea tree (or lavender) essential oil
Untwist the capsules and dump in a shallow bowl with the egg white. If you’re like me, you’ll get charcoal all over your counter also. Just be aware it is pretty messy. With a fork, whip the egg white and charcoal together as much as it will possibly whip. This will take a few minutes and some elbow grease, but the foamy part will be easier to apply to your face than slimy egg white gunk, so more foam is what you’re aiming for (also evenly incorporating the charcoal which can take some time). Add your 2 drops of essential oil and whisk one more time.
On damp face, use your fingers or a cotton pad to apply an even layer of mask. Keep it away from your eyes, and don’t apply it too thickly. It will drip a little at first but should start drying within about 5 minutes. Good idea to keep a paper towel on hand to catch rouge black drips. Leave it on until it’s completely dry, about 10-15 min, using this as a great opportunity to freak someone out if you wish, then gently wash face with cool water and a damp paper towel.
Both of these recipes made 2 batches’ worth, so I’ll cover them and refrigerate for tomorrow! Enjoy your glowing faces!
Have you checked out my yoga and healthy living blog? It features most of my recipes and tips for genuine living. Pretty cool stuff. Yoga pictures and inspiration too :)
This is how we weekend. I have a surplus of peaches (even eating 3 or more a day hardly keeps up with them) and scored some fresh mint and lemon balm from a friend, because the chipmunks at our new place killed all my herbs this year.
I just chopped a little of everything up and dumped in a couple bottles of Chardonnay. How could that be bad?
Letting it sit out for an hour and then chill in the fridge. Sangria can be made with anything, and sweet or more dry if you prefer, which I definitely do. The manly man keeps talking about wine so it will be a nice surprise after our long week.
How will you weekend?