This activated charcoal jelly face mask kinda looks and feels like black slime.
Okay, so maybe I’m not really selling this DIY tutorial to you, unless that’s a selling point for you of course ?
But for someone who’s obsessed with crafts and beauty products, the fact that you can flip this face mask upside down and it stays put, like a wobbly jello pudding, blows my DIY mind.
This mask was inspired by the new jelly face masks from LUSH. As soons as I saw these I wanted to create my own version with one of my favorite face ingredients: activated charcoal.
The charcoal gives the jelly face mask its deep, dark color. Perfect with Halloween just around the corner (Yes, I know it’s still a month away, but can’t a girl get excited?! ? )
LUSH uses carrageenan extract to give their jelly face masks its signature texture. I used a more common found kitchen ingredient: powdered agar agar.
Agar agar powder is made from seaweed (natural, check) that’s often used as a vegan alternative for gelatine (common household ingredient, check). You should be able to find it in the baking aisle of any grocery store or, of course, online.
The texture of my DIY jelly face mask is a little different from the original LUSH version. Their face mask has more of a whipped gel consistency. My version resembles a jello shot.
How to make an activated charcoal jelly face mask
What I used:
- 1/2 cup witch hazel (or lavender water)
- 1/2 tsp. agar agar powder
- 1 tbsp. white kaolin clay
- 1/2 tbsp. activated charcoal – I used 6 capsules
- 1 tbsp. honey – optional, leave out for vegan option
I poured half a cup of witch hazel in a heatproof bowl. Next I added half a teaspoon of the powdered agar agar. Then I stirred the mixture well to dissolve the powder.
I’ve also made the same mask with orange blossom water and corn flower water and they both worked great!
Next I heated the mixture for about 1,5 minutes on a high setting (900 W) in the microwave. I guess you could also heat up the flower water in a small sauce pan, but I haven’t tried this yet.
The mixture will bubble in the microwave for a few seconds. It’s not supposed to overheat, just heated enough for the agar agar to start forming a gel like consistency.
When you take the mixture out of the microwave it still looks like a liquid, but it’s secretly already starting to transform into a gel like consistency.
At this point I added half a tablespoon of activated charchoal. I used about 6 capsules from my stash. Next I stirred the mixture to make sure all of the ingredients are well combined.
Next I added 1 tablespoon of honey and stirred everything together once more. This face mask works just as good without the honey, and it won’t make much difference to the texture of the jelly face mask.
Last comes the kaolin clay. I added 1 tablespoon of white kaolin clay to the mixture and mixed all the ingredients until everything’s well combined.
The texture is already a lot thicker at this point. Once all of the ingredients are combined I give the mixture time to form a thick gel like consistency.
How to use this DIY jelly face mask
To begin I rub the jelly face mask between my hands. It kinda feel like a gel type of liquid, almost like water beads that burst open in your hands.
Next I apply the face mask all over my face, gently massaging it in as I go. Sometimes I apply it on my neck as well. Of course I avoid my eye area and hair line, as I would with any face mask.
I let the face mask sit for about five minutes and then I rinse it off with lukewarm water. Sometimes I use a konjac sponge to help remove every last bit of jelly face mask.
The activated charcoal is an amazing ingredient to fight blackheads and acne. And the kaolin clay absorbs excess oil from you skin, to prevent any spots from popping up.
Result: silky smooth, balanced skin!
If you decide to try this face mask, keep in mind that this has a very limited shelf life. It’s best to use it right away. Also patch test first to see how your skin reacts to the mask.
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