Kitchen Beauty: Detoxifying DIY Activated Charcoal Clay Mask

I love playing around with different kinds of clay masks. The colors that can be created from natural ingredients are amazing: turmeric yellow clay masks, pink strawberry clay masks, and for today’s blog post, an activated charcoal clay mask. Perfect for the fall spooky season! Maybe I’ll make a red one for the holiday season, with cranberries or pomegranates! 

I credit charcoal clay masks for accelerating my clear skin goals. They have been very effective in fading hyperpigmentation on my cheeks as part of my skincare routine. Sometimes my skin breaks out the next day after using clay masks, but the day after that, the breakouts dry up and peel off, leaving hardly any marks behind. With consistent use, old scars eventually disappear. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of this homemade mask, and how to make it yourself! 

Activated Charcoal Clay Mask Benefits: 

Activated charcoal: absorbs toxins (source

Aztec Clay: detoxifier, calms inflamed skin, absorbs excess oil (source)

Apple Cider Vinegar: anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, kills acne, a natural exfoliator, balances pH levels in the skin (source)

Honey: anti-inflammatory, soothes acne, fades scars (source

Eucalyptus: Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory; stimulates healing, new skin and hair growth (source)

Where to find the ingredients

I bought the eucalyptus essential oil, activated charcoal, and Indian Healing Clay on Amazon. You can also find these items at Whole Foods, many health food stores, pharmacies, and stores that carry vitamins and supplements. I bought the honey and apple cider vinegar from my local grocery store.


1 capsule activated charcoal 

1 tsp bentonite clay

1 tsp ACV

Eucalyptus essential oil


Plastic or wooden bowl

Plastic or wooden spoon 


Use non-metal utensils to make this mask, the bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar will deteriorate metal tools. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, stirring to create a paste. Apply the mask to clean, damp skin in a circular motion. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well, pat your skin dry, and follow up with your favorite toner, serum, and moisturizer. Only make enough for one application, as leftovers do not store well. Use consistently once per week for the ultimate glow up. 

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