Welcome to A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition. Lets start with something super easy! Check out Tuesdays DIY Lip Balm.
DIY Soothing Detox Face Mask
What I love about this, is that it is made from pretty common, natural-living household goods therefore quick, cheap and readily available to mix up a batch when I run out.
What you need
- 1/2 teaspoon Green Clay
- 1 teaspoon White Bentonite Clay
- 3 capsules Activated Charcoal supplement
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda (optional, are bottom notes)
- 1 teaspoon+ liquid- water, green tea, aloe juice, rose water ext.
Activated charcoal can be used for many different ailments because it soaks up toxins. Baking soda is the backbone of going all natural; being a key ingredient in DIY Deodorant, baking (DUH), cleaning and MORE! Bentonite clay is a little less common (I had to research and buy some after going all-natural, natural grocery store and amazon) but very useful, detoxing and nourishing! I still haven’t figured out exactly green, white, red Bentonite clay. The Indian Healing clay I have has a green tint and the Redmond Clay is more white. They have a little different properties/strengths I’ve noticed from experience. If I use only Indian healing clay my face is red afterwards. And If I only use the Redmond’s, my face doesn’t feel as detoxed. They come in recyclable plastic and will last my at LEAST a couple years, but I intend to find a zero waste alternative next time. On the bright side it’s better than using those pre-packaged masks- so much trash!
Mix together dry ingredients and store with a tight lid in dry place. To get activated charcoal out twist and pull apart veggie capsule to reveal the black powder. I keep the empty capsules to use to homemade essential oils tabs. When ready to use the mask, mix 2 parts dry to 1 part liquid into a paste(may have to add a couple more drops liquid) and shmear on face. Leave for 10-20 mins. It’ll get dry and cracky. Wash/rinse off. Use a nourishing facial oil and tonic afterwards (or whatever your face moisturizer routine is) you’ll feel brand new!!
The important thing is knowing your skin, I’ll just go right out and say it, I have acne, the bad cystic scarring grueling stuff. So I use this daily during breakouts and once a week for maintenance. For you it might be once a month when your feeling grimy, only spot treatment on those buggers we call zits, or twice a year during a girls night in with cucumber eyes and all. TIP: use before or in shower for less of a mess!
Notes: omit baking soda(or any component to that matter) if you are sensitive to it or don’t have mod-severe acne. Also, I just use water, anything else is a lot of effort.
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical provider, just in case you didn’t know.
A Week of Zero Waste DIY Challenge: Beauty Edition
Day 1- DIY Detox, Soothing Face Mask
Day 2- DIY Lip Balm
Day 4- DIY Healing Lotion Bar