DIY Matcha + Charcoal Face Mask

A super simple DIY face mask using activated charcoal powder and matcha green tea powder

A few weeks ago I shared some of my favourite ways to give my body a little extra lovin'. I mentioned a charcoal face mask that I make since making that post I've created a new little recipe using matcha and charcoal.

I found the charcoal to be a bit drying on it's own so after doing some research I decided to add a bit of matcha to the mix. The thing I love most about this mask is that depending on what your skin needs you can adjust the proportions accordingly. The matcha is really moisturizing while the charcoal has more of a drying and purifying effect, so when my skin is feeling a little on the dry side I add more matcha l and when I feel a bit oily I add a little extra charcoal.

matcha powder and activated charcoal for making an all natural face mask

Ingredients + Supplies:

  • matcha powder
  • activated charcoal powder
  • small jar or bowl for mixing
  • foundation brush
  • face cloth (optional)

Step 1: add small scoop of each powder to the jar.
I never use exact measurements because I change it up slightly each time. But the first time I made the mask I used a 1:1 ratio. This gave me a good idea of how my skin reacted to the mask and let me figure out which powder I wanted to use more/less of next time.

Step 2: Slowly add water to the powders, mixing with your make up brush.
You want the consistency to be paste-like. Too runny and it'll drip off your face, too dry and you'll have a chunky, flaky mess happening. I slowly add a few drips from the tap, mix, add a few more, mix, and continue this way until the mixture has a toothpaste-ish consistency.

Step 3: Paint the mask onto your face using your make up brush.
The first two times I made this mask I used my hands to spread it on and it was a mess. So although you don't necessarily need the brush, I highly recommend it.

Step 4: Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes or until it's completely dry.
Read a book, watch a YouTube video, catch up on some news, do a puzzle...

Step 5: Rinse it off.
I usually get in the shower to rinse mine off because the charcoal can make a bit of a mess on your counters. Plus, rinsing it off in the shower means you don't have to dirty a face cloth!

Step 6: Moisturize
One of the best things you can do for your skin (other than drink lots of water) is moisturize it. Whether you use a fancy cream or serum or just regular old coconut oil your clean skin will thank you.

TGIF

walking home from work in the sun yesterday had me all CHEEEEESE!

Best part of the week: yesterday I walked home in THE SUNSHINE!!!! And I was too hot!!!! It was seriously the best part of the month. I got some extra vitamin D, a little bit more exercise, and THE SUN WAS SHINING!

Worst part of the week: On Wednesday morning I woke up at 4am with a major headache that kept me awake until it was time to get up. It lasted all day and I even woke up with it yesterday morning. I drank lots of water and took all the meds I could but nothing seemed to help. It was terribly uncomfortable and rather annoying.

Something I’m grateful for: The sunshine! I'd forgotten how good it feels to see nothing but blue sky and feel warm(ish) sun on my face. Come oooon spring!

Something I’m excited for: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ON SATURDAY! Roomie and I got our tickets online on Thursday night and I could not be any more excited. I adore Emma Watson, Beauty & the Beast is up there with the Lion King as far as my favourite Disney movies go, movie theatre popcorn is always a win, and new recliner chairs in the theatre mean that Saturday is shaping up to be a pretty stellar day.

513) Have you ever starred in a school play? Thankfully, no. I don’t do well when the attention of too many people is on me so being on the bleachers in the choir was perfectly fine with me thank you very much.

I hope everyone has a productive and happy weekend. I will be spending mine packing, organizing, and fan-girling at the movie theatre!

Wool Dryer Balls - why I use them and you should too

In my attempt to live a greener, more sustainable and thoughtful life I was given a number of Christmas presents to help me so. One of my favorite "green" gifts was a set of felted dryer balls.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with dryer balls, here’s the just: by allowing the hot air in the dryer to circulate better and get transferred from the balls into your laundry as they beat up your stuff, dryer balls shorten drying time, soften fabric, and reduce static.

There are a lot of mixed reviews and various studies that report findings both for and against the efficiency of dryer balls. From my own experience, however, since using my dryer balls I have noticed a difference in the drying time of my loads and that my sheets and towels come out feeling softer and, more importantly, completely dry.

I live in an old apartment building with an old set of washers and dryers which, I imagine, are not of the highest energy star rating.  Based on the research I've done, it's these types of dryers that are most suited to dryer balls - old ones that get hot but don't necessarily dry your clothes the first time. The newer, more efficient, high tech dryers have already been specially designed to reduce drying time and the amount of energy it takes to dry your clothes so when you add dryer balls you may not notice a huge difference in the time it takes to dry your clothes.

That being said, dryer balls are still a great way to soften and scent your clothes, even if you have a new dryer. The easiest way to do this is by replacing your chemical laden dryer sheets with wool dryer balls lightly sprinkled with essential oils. You'll still get your clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft but you'll also get the added bonus of doing it all naturally.

So regardless of what decade your dryer comes from, there really isn't any excuse not to use dryer balls - they speed up drying time, use less energy, make your clothes smell good and help fluff up your towels and sheets... what's not to love?! Do YOU use dryer balls - wool or otherwise? Let me know in the comments below and tell me how you feel about them!