DIY Charcoal Clay Black Face Mask

So activated charcoal has become a pretty popular ingredient in health and skin care, and apparently there's a face mask floating around the internet, that's also black, and sticks to your face, and is super painful. Which is funny because I was going to talk all about how this face mask made my eyes water because of all of the vinegar. Apparently I had it easy, because people are pulling their skin off with these masks. (?) It doesn't look good, but this one won't rip your skin off, the vinegar will make your eyes water, and the clay will tighten your pores, and it will leave your face a little red at first, but other than that you should really be fine. 

Clay and charcoal are both super clarifying. The bentonite clay can bind to impurities, and clear your pores. Charcoal can do the same, and it's getting ever more popular, people are using it for everything from GI issues to mosquito bites. 

“Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help purify and deep-clean skin,” According to Wendy Brooks, director of Origins Skincare.

Vinegar is good at reducing inflammation, and also balancing skin's pH while removing oil. I also added a few gentler ingredients to soothe skin, because the first round with just charcoal, clay, and vinegar was a bit much. Tea is full of antioxidants to protect skin from damage, and reduce inflammation, specifically around your eyes. The rose hip seed oil, is actually something I use daily specifically around my eyes. I've read recently it can correct UV damage, due to it's high vitamin C content. It's great as a super gentle moisturizer. It's also an oil that absorbs easily into your skin, as apposed to thicker oils that feel like they stay on the surface of your skin for too long. 

One thing to note is that it will leave your skin a little red, so it's better to do this mask when you're not going out anytime soon.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of white clay
  • 1/2 tablespoon of activated charcoal
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar - I used apple cider (Consider diluting the vinegar with water if you have more sensitive skin.)
  • two pumps or rose hip seed oil - I used Simplers Botanicals
  • 1 tea bag - I used Lavender Chamomile


  • With the tea, you can use loose leaf tea or you can cut open a tea bag and use that. 
  • Mix up all of the ingredients and apply avoiding the area around your eyes. Really, really avoid the area around your eyes. It's always good to do a spot test. too.
  • Leave on for 20-30 minutes, 
  • Rinse with warm water.