I always find when purchasing a face mask that I can be put off by their short descriptions. ‘Suitable for all skin types’ or ‘for dry/normal skin’ just doesn’t cut it for me. Skincare isn’t a one size fits all, and whilst a product may be suitable for all skin types, it might not necessarily be what you need. Similarly, when a product is targeted at a particular ‘problem’ such as spots, it may not take into consideration your other skin needs, such as dryness or sensitivity.
Kayleigh, founder of Clear&Green got in touch to discuss my skincare needs and to chat about the new business. Her and her partner Joe recently decided to create Clear&Green – a natural, eco-friendly, sustainable skincare brand.
Every Friday, they publish a new #FacemaskFriday recipe and talk about it in detail. What the ingredients are, how to make it, what the benefits are and the type of skin it will best suit. There’s something for everyone and they’re super easy to make at home too!
Since I have oily/combination, blemish prone skin, Clear&Green recommended their Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask! Here’s how to make it.
You will need:
Tea Tree essential oil
The clay and charcoal are natural detoxifiers, and draw impurities out of the skit to make pores appear smaller. They absorb excess oils and help balance the healthy oils in the skin. Due to the way it soaks up oil, it’s recommended to use this mask just once a week so as not to dry out the skin and cause an imbalance the other way!
Tea tree and witch hazel are used in many skincare products. The antibacterial products help beat the bacteria that causes blemishes without irritation or harsh chemicals.
How to make it:
For this recipe you will need to make a dry mixture and a liquid mixture. You will need two separate containers to keep these in, as you will only need to mix them as and when you would like to make a face mask.
Mix 3 tablespoons of clay powder into one teaspoon of charcoal powder. Mix until the powder turns light grey, with no black bits or white bits left. This is enough dry mix for around three face masks, so keep this in a container for the next time you want to use it.
Then, mix 3 tablespoons of witch hazel with 20 drops of tea tree essential oil. Kayleigh recommends keeping this in a travel size toiletry bottle.
In a bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of the dry clay/charcoal mixture and 4 teaspoons of the liquid mixture until the powder absorbs the liquid and creates a paste. I made extra and kept it in this little glass jar for next time!
After washing and cleansing your face, apply your face mask! I like to apply mine with the back of a spoon to avoid getting my hands too messy! Leave the mask for around 15 minutes – you will notice as it dries it will turn light grey in colour. Once dry, wash your face with warm water and finish off with your favourite moisturiser!
Kayleigh and Joe are planning to grow the business, and are hoping to be not just publishing recipes, but creating new, natural products to help meet each individuals skincare needs. Read more about the Detoxifying Charcoal Mask here.