Summer is just about the only time of year I regularly put something on my face that I didn’t make—sunscreen. And as much as I can go for the good, effective, non-icky stuff… my skin does not love it. The combination of sunscreen, sun, sweat, and general summertime antics is, apparently, not my face’s favourite thing. It communicates its general disdain for my sun safety with zits. Oh… joy. This deep cleansing midnight face mask is my counter attack.

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I’ve selected a handful of deep cleansing ingredients to give this mask its fire power. The base is bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a pretty strong, heavy clay, with an ability to slurp up water that’s far above and beyond that of the French clays.

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They say bentonite and metal don’t mix, so go for glass or plastic for mixing and storing here. If you do end up getting some metal in there, don’t fret—it won’t make the clay unsafe, just slightly less effective.

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Up next—power detoxifier activated charcoal. If it’s good enough for food poisoning, it’s good enough for my face. Seriously, though, activated charcoal is highly absorbent because it has a ridiculous amount of surface area in its dusty little particles.

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To this powdery base I’ve added a dollop of raw honey, some witch hazel, and a blend of tea tree and lavender essential oils for an added cleaning/cleansing/anti-bacterial punch.

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The end result is a rather dark mask that will attack the depths of your pores with conviction. Be sure to follow up with some argan oil to re-hydrate your skin afterwards, and enjoy!

Deep Cleansing Midnight Face Mask

½ tsp raw honey
1 tbsp witch hazel or aloe vera juice (not gel!) or water

1 tsp bentonite clay
¼ tsp activated charcoal

3 drops tea tree essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

Combine the honey and witch hazel in a small dish and whisk to combine.

Sprinkle in the bentonite clay and activated charcoal. I mashed everything together with a flexible silicone spatula. Bentonite clay is much more absorbent than the French clays, which I’m a lot more familiar with, and you’ll find you very quickly have a paste on your hands (I made a video on the difference between kaolin and bentonite—watch it here!).

Finish the paste off by adding the essential oils and mashing them in.

To use, spread the pitch black goo all over your face and let it dry for about twenty minutes. Rinse off, and follow up with some argan oil.

Because activated charcoal is insoluble this mixture isn’t hugely inclined to stain. All the same, I wouldn’t smear it on your wedding dress 😉

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