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DIY Charcoal Mask: Activated Charcoal Benefits For Skin

DIY Charcoal Mask: Activated Charcoal Benefits For Skin

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is the end product of specially manufactured regular charcoal which is heated in the presence of gas. This treatment produces tiny pores within the charcoal that have detoxifying properties, essentially pulling toxins out of whatever it is used on. So, no matter the application, the essential function of activated charcoal products is always the same: to safely and effectively remove toxins and impurities.

The toxin-removing properties of this organic product are particularly effective when it comes to purifying the skin and keeping it healthy. There are so many amazing uses for activated charcoal for skincare that we’ve put together a list of our favorites including some seriously simple DIY recipes you can use to make your own charcoal organic beauty products!

DIY Charcoal Masks

Activated Charcoal Face Mask

Face masks made with activated charcoal are perfect for those weeks when you are dealing with a major breakout or fastidious blackheads popping up around your cheeks, chin, and nose. However, due to charcoal’s powerful detoxifying effects, it’s not recommended if you have particularly dry skin.

If you’d like to incorporate activated charcoal benefits into your skincare routine every day, you can make a charcoal facial cleanser that will help keep your skin clear. You can also purchase a charcoal konjac sponge that gets soft once it is immersed in water and is an excellent exfoliator for your skin.

Activated Charcoal Mask for Face


  • 1/2 tsp. activated charcoal
  • 1/2 tsp. bentonite clay
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp water


Mix the activated charcoal and bentonite clay in a small, glass bowl. Add water and oil and mix until well-combined. Apply over clean skin in an even layer and leave on until dried completely and rinse off with warm water.

DIY Charcoal Mask for Blackheads


  • 1/2 tsp of activated charcoal
  • 1/2 tsp of bentonite clay
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of water


Mix all the ingredients together. Wash your face using a cleanser. Apply evenly avoiding your mouth and your eyes. Once you've allowed it to sit for 10 minutes wash it off!

Activated Charcoal Face Scrub & Cleanser


  • 1/4 C finely ground oats
  • 1/4 C white rice flour
  • 1/8 C finely ground almonds
  • 2 TB bentonite clay
  • 1 TB ground dried calendula
  • 1 TB ground chamomile
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1/4 tsp evening primrose oil
  • 7 drops turmeric resin oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil


Mix the oats, almonds, calendula, and chamomile in a bowl. Add rice flour, clay, and activated charcoal and mix well. Drop by drop, add evening primrose oil, turmeric resin oil, and peppermint essential oil, stirring well after every drop. Place mixture in the food processor and let run for 30 seconds.

To use, simply mix a teaspoon of the scrub in a small bowl with a drop or two of water for approximately 30 seconds. Wet your face with water, apply the scrub and use circular motions to exfoliate your face. Rinse and moisturize!

DIY Activated Charcoal for Eyeliner and Eyebrows

Charcoal has been used as an essential makeup ingredient for millennia. In fact, did you know Cleopatra lined her eyes with charcoal? DIY activated charcoal is a great way to achieve the perfect look in a natural, chemical-free way.

DIY Smokey Black Eyeliner & Eyeshadow

This easy DIY makeup eyeliner only requires three simple ingredients that can be found in any home.


  • 1 tsp of activated charcoal
  • Distilled water
  • Empty eyeshadow tin


Add a few drops of distilled water at a time until the activated charcoal starts to clump. Place the mixture in the empty tin and smooth it with your fingers.

Homemade Eyeliner with Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil

This recipe originally came from this book - which, by the way, is a great source for non-toxic recipes!

  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 tsp aloe vera gel
  • ½ tsp activated charcoal

Smudge Free Natural Eyeliner

It turns out there isn’t a lot to making homemade eyeliners— who knew! Here is a simple 2-ingredient recipe:

  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • Jojoba oil

Add jojoba oil until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Store it in an airtight container. All done.

Activated Charcoal Eyebrow Gel Recipe

This DIY recipe uses aloe vera for a soothing, moisturizing eyebrow gel that’s perfect for every occasion.

  • Fresh aloe/store-bought gel
  • Unrefined shea butter (optional)
  • Arrowroot powder as a thickener or to lighten your brow gel color (optional)
  • Color - activated charcoal (black), cocoa powder (brown), beet powder (red), ginger powder (pale cream)

Aloe Vera is an amazing natural ingredient that helps hydrate and nourish your skin. When you’re buying Aloe Vera, try to find 100% Aloe Vera instead of gels that have additives. Alternatively, you can buy Aloe Vera plants and scrape the gel out from the inside of the plant.

Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening


  • 1/4 C aluminum-free baking soda
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Sea salt
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 5-6 drops peppermint essential oil


In a shallow dish that you can easily dip your toothbrush into, combine the baking soda, sea salt, and activated charcoal and mix. Stir in the melted coconut oil until blended. Lastly, add in the essential oil. Mix until well combined.

To use, just dip your toothbrush into the mixture and brush. You can leave it on your teeth for a few minutes as a teeth whitening treatment or use it daily as a whitening toothpaste.

DIY Activated Charcoal Insect Balm

Depending on the size of your batch, increments may vary. This example will make approximately two lip chapsticks and one small pot.


  • 2 parts coconut oil (1 tbsp)
  • 1 part Shea butter (½ tbsp)
  • 5-7 drops of organic lavender essential oil
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel


In a double boiler, melt down the coconut oil and Shea butter. Once fully melted, remove from heat. Add aloe vera gel, lavender essential oil, and activated charcoal — mix well. Carefully spoon the liquid into your containers. Allow it to rest for 2-3 hours. Please note, during extremely hot days, it's best to keep this balm in a cool spot, ensuring that the mixture doesn't melt. Make a batch and keep sticks within your medicine cabinet for easy access or to grab when on-the-go.

Other Uses

These are just some of the most common uses of activated charcoal for skin benefits; however, this natural product can be used for a wide range of applications. While DYI activated charcoal recipes are an excellent alternative for skincare, the best charcoal for skincare will usually be found online as part of specially curated collections of charcoal for beauty.

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