Today is the winter solstice here in North America—the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We’ll see less than eight hours of daylight here in Calgary today, and it will be dark both when I leave for work and when I head home at the end of the day. Soltices are turning points, though. The winter solstice and the re-birth of the sun have been celebrated in cultures around the world for thousands of years. From here on out things get brighter.

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Long, dark days like this make me want to hibernate with hot tea, a face mask, and my electric blanket. This pore detox face mask is inspired by the darkness of the solstice and the brighter days to come. Pitch black, detoxifying activated charcoal is blended with bright white zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, and kaolin clay to make a creamy gray face mask (the photos make it look blue, but it isn’t).

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Zinc oxide is mildly astringent, while calcium carbonate absorbs oil amazingly well. You can make your own calcium carbonate from egg shells, or you can purchase it as a powder at pharmacies as a dietary supplement. While the egg shell route is definitely very DIY, the shop bought stuff is lovely and fine and makes for a far smoother face mask. You can also purchase calcium carbonate pills, but those are full of binders and other things and aren’t a good choice for DIY projects.

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

This face mask dries quite quickly and comes together easily, making it a good choice if you’re pressed for time. It works brilliantly on blackheads and leaves your skin fresh and bright. Give it a go and brighten this dark day 🙂

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

1 tsp witch hazel
Teensy bit of raw honey (optional)

1/4 tsp zinc oxide
1/4 tsp calcium carbonate
1/8 tsp activated charcoal (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)

2 tsp white kaolin clay

Measure the witch hazel (and honey, if using) out into a small dish, and whisk in the zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, and activated charcoal. Once that mixture is smooth, add the kaolin clay one teaspoon at a time, whisking between additions until you have a lovely, creamy paste.

Spread the mask on your skin and let it dry. This mask dries quite quickly, so you’ll find you’ll want to wash it off after about 5 minutes as it’ll start dropping powder all over if you don’t (the honey helps with that).

Makes enough for one face mask.

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

Winter Solstice Pore Detox Face Mask

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