DIY Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I like to use this DIY facial cleanser once every other day in the mornings to wash my face.  It gently exfoliates, detoxifies and moisturizes my skin after a nights rest.

I would suggest only using this cleanser once per week if you have very dry or sensitive skin, as the baking soda may cause irritation if used too often.

I would not recommend using this cleanser to remove makeup or around the mouth or eye area.  Please also do a patch test before using all over your face 🙂

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Ingredients:

1/2 c coconut oil

1 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder (or the contents of about 5-6 capsules)

1 tbsp baking soda

6 drops Frankincense essential oil (I use Young Living)

6 drops Lavender essential oil (I use Young Living)

A few quick facts about the amazing ingredients in this cleanser:

Coconut Oil is antibacterial, anti fungal, and moisturizing.  Naturally!

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Activated Charcoal Powder draws out bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other unwanted toxins to the surface of skin.

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Baking Soda is great for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells.  It also brightens the complexion.

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Lavender Essential Oil is calming and can help with certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles.  It is also anti fungal.

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Frankincense Essential Oil is used to reduce inflammation as well as disinfect.

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Make this Exfoliating Cleanser:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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Mix all ingredients well.  I used a fork and it worked just fine. (You can also use a whisk if you like)

Try to get as many lumps out as possible, but don’t worry too much because the coconut oil will melt once it is warmed by your hands and face.

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Transfer the mixture to glass air tight container.  Allow to set for a few hours.  Store covered in a cool, dark place.

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Don’t worry if the consistency changes, as coconut oil tends to harden and liquify depending on its surroundings.

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Here is what is looks like:

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How to Use as a Facial Wash/Scrub:

  1. With warm water, wet a face cloth and hold over entire face for about 30 seconds to open up your pores.
  2. Take a small amount of the cleanser in your hands and gently apply all over face (avoiding lip and eye area completely)
  3. Gently massage the product in a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
  4. Wet your face cloth again with warm water and hold over face for a few seconds.  Repeat this motion a few times until the product loosens up.
  5. Use the wet face cloth to remove any excess product from face.  (Remember be gentle!)
  6. Splash face with cold water to close pores.
  7. Pat face dry with a clean towel.
  8. Moisturize with either a tiny bit of coconut oil or your favourite moisturizer.

As mentioned before, use once per week if sensitive or dry skin.  I use this every other day only in the morning.

Please note I am not an expert and this is only my opinion from my personal experience using this recipe.  If you have serious skin issues, please consult your dermatologist prior to trying this and always patch test!

ENJOY!!

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Coconut Coffee Body Scrub DIY

This stuff smells so good I am seriously tempted to ingest it!!!  I probably could…but shouldn’t…right?

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Ingredients:

1 cup ground coffee

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp White sugar

  1.   Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add liquified coconut oil and blend well (mixture will seem watery but the coconut oil will set and harden)
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3. Store in an airtight container (I let mine set in the fridge for a few hours so I could use it that night)

TO USE:  Wet skin and massage in a circular motion.  Rinse with warm water.  You may require a little bit of soap to remove the “coffee stains”.  

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Smells incredibleeeeeee.

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DIY Acne Mud Spot Treatment

Yesterday I did a wonderful detox face mask which brought some nasty impurities to the surface.  Naturally, I am tempted to spot treat them some more, so I found this recipe and tried it out.  I can say that I am surely not disappointed.

I was going to post before and after, but really, who  wants to see a close up of my gross pimple?  Not me haha

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 Tbsp Bentonite Clay

1 Capsule Activated Charcoal

1 Tsp Coconut Oil

1 Tsp Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice

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Small Plastic Container (to store mask)

*Note:  No metal bowls or spoons, as this will reduce the efficacy of the bentonite clay.

How to:

1.  Add all ingredients into your bowl.  (Remove activated charcoal from capsule and dispose of the empty capsule).

2. Mix all your ingredients well.  You will need to kind of mash it together with your plastic spoon and smooth out any lumps.  It may take a minute or two.

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3.  Wet a face cloth with warm to hot water and place over area to be treated for about  minute.  (To open your pores).  Dry area and immediately apply a small thin layer of mud to the desired spot.

4.  Set timer for 20 minutes.  Remove mud.  The area may be slightly red, but this will go away in time.  Do not leave on for longer than 20 minutes.  Store in the fridge.

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*Note:  This should not burn, tingle, or itch.  If you feel any of these things, remove immediately and do not use, you could have an allergy.

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Detox Face Mask

I am trying to do everything I can to aid my body in detoxification these days and noticed that my poor little pores were aching to be freed of congestion.  I found this amazing 4 ingredient Detox Face Mask from Coconut Mama online.

The verdict is-AMAZING!  This mask really pulls all the toxins out and brings them to the surface.  (Where you want them!)  Who wants gross toxins lurking in their skin…yuck.  I halved her recipe to make this mask for myself.  Thanks Coconut Mama!

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Bye Bye Toxins!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Bentonite Clay

1/2 tsp virgin coconut oil

1/4 tbsp raw honey

Juice of 1/4 lemon

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Mix up all ingredients in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste.  (Use a plastic or wooden spoon, as metal will decrease the efficacy of the bentonite clay)

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Apply all over freshly washed face, avoiding eye and mouth areas.

Let sit for 10 minutes and remove with warm water.  Love this one!!!

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De-Puff your Eyes

I always have terrible bags and dark circles (comes with being chronically ill).  This simple trick really helps with the under eye swelling (the pics don’t do it justice!)

Seriously my one eye feels more open and tight. 😃

I tried it on one eye only:

  
 

Can you tell the left side looks less puffy? Now I just need to tackle those dark circles ha ha



How to:  Save your used coffee grounds!

Wet under  your eye, get as close as you can without irritation.  Gently dab your used coffee grounds all over your under eye area, using a little more water to make it stick if needed.

Leave on for 20-30 minutes and wash off with cool water.

Tip:  do this over a sink!  Also sit somewhere you can tidy up easily because the coffee may have a little fallout.

  

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