Meet our Smoky Cauldron Face Mask, an ultra-detoxifying treatment formulated with activated charcoal to help draw out skin impurities.
Activated charcoal is created by burning carbonaceous materials at ultra-high temperatures and then “activating” it by either a steam or a chemical process to create tiny pores and thereby substantially increase the surface area of the remaining substance. This porous surface area makes activated charcoal extremely adsorptive, meaning that substances such as contaminants and pollutants easily bind to its surface. The premise of activated charcoal as an ingredient in our face mask is that it works to draw dirt and pollutants from the skin like a magnet, resulting in a clearer, brighter complexion.
Our Smoky Cauldron Face Mask also includes detoxifying bentonite clay, which is formed from volcanic ash and, when water is added to it, forms a negative electrical charge that pulls toxins from the skin. The addition of rosehip and ginseng powder to this blend give your skin a brightening antioxidant boost.
To Use: Mix the powder in a glass or plastic bowl (metal will impact the electrical charge!) and add a small amount of water to create a smooth paste (you can adjust to your preference – some people like a thick mask, others like just a thin layer). You can also add a very small amount of oil, like jojoba or sweet almond, to add moisture to the blend.
Gently apply the mix to your face, avoiding the eyes, noise and mouth areas. Allow the mask to set for approximately 15 to 20 minute (you’ll feel it tightening as it dries), then use warm water to gently rinse it away (you can also gently massage the skin with a soft cloth to help remove it). Alternatively, you can also mix a small amount of this mask to use as a spot treatment for pesky blemishes.
Because this mask is designed to detoxify the skin, it’s important to follow with a balancing toner and hydrating moisturizer to restore balance. It’s also important to note that products containing activated charcoal are best-suited to occasional use to ensure you’re not overdrawing all the good stuff from your skin. With any face mask, we also recommend giving yourself at least a few hours in advance of when you need to be somewhere, as the powerful clarifying action can make your skin red for a short time.