So I’ve heard a million raving reviews for this $70 a jar mud mask by Glamglow. You can read some of them here. It claims to literally suck out the impurities from your pores to leave your skin gorgeously clear and clean. I have always struggled with having ENORMOUS pores on my nose, like seriously you could see them from outer space. However, I don’t know about you but I refuse to pay more than $5 for MUD. So naturally this was a challange for the DIYer in me. And of course I was able to do it for a fraction of the cost, as you do. 😉
The main ingredients listed for the mask were kaolin clay, eucalyptus, salycilic acid, aloe vera, peppermint oil, chamomile, and calendula extract. Along with a whole lot of other perfume and chemicals I can’t pronounce.
Sounds easy enough though right?!
I have also been reading a lot about how amazing activated charcoal is. This stuff can hold 500x its mass inside its little crevices! So I knew I was going to have to include this bad boy as an added boost to the recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plastic or glass mixing bowl. (DO NOT use metal as it deactivates the bentonite clay)
- Rubber whisk or mixing spoon.
- Small glass jar. I reused an old salsa jar from Marks & Spencers (shout out to them for making the labels so easy to remove!)
- 2-3 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil (add more if you have particularly dry skin)
- 1 tablepoon aloe vera juice or gel
- 1/2 cup of strongly steeped chamomile tea (you can subsitute any herbal tea you’d like i.e. rose, lavender, or green tea for added antioxidants)
- 1/4 cup of bentonite clay (I found mine on Amazon) Be sure not to handle with metal!
- 8 capsules of activated charcoal (available at most health food stores)
- Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemon essential oils.
- Make your tea and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Melt your coconut oil in a small pot over low heat. Remove from heat once fully melted.
- Mix the coconut oil, aloe, bentonite clay, and activated charcoal in your mixing bowl. Simply cut the capsules of charcoal or twist and pull to get the contents out. Mix until combined well.
- Now add your essential oils. I used about 8 drops of eucalyptus, 5 of peppermint, and 4 of lemon. Feel free to adjust to your liking.
- Now slowly add your tea in small increments and mix until you reach a nice smooth consistency. It should be a little thicker than cake batter. Mmmm, cake.
- Transfer to your jar and you’re ready to go!
The water in the recipe reduces the shelf-life of the mask so store in the fridge if you’re not going to use it that often. Otherwise just store in a cool and dark place.
To use the mask simply apply evenly all over your face or over trouble areas (avoid the eye area) and let it dry, about 15 minutes. There is a lovely little tingling sensation the longer it sits!
Now the activated charcoal is a bit stubborn and doesn’t like to wipe off super easily. Rinse off as much as you can with warm water and then wash your face with a cleanser. I used Lush’s Ultrabland and it worked beautifully (plus it gave my skin a moisture boost as this mask can be a tad drying). Wipe off any traces with a cotton pad and say hello to clean smooth skin and smaller pores!
The clay and charcoal decongest clogged pores and suck out impurities to help keep your skin clear of any breakouts and keep those pesky blackheads at bay. I really have to say I am in love with this mask and I love that I get the luxurious experience of the pricey Glamglow version without the pricetag! Plus none of the nasty chemicals! It’s a win-win!
Try using this mask 2x a week or as a spot treatment and see your pores dissapear!