It seems like I’m always on the hunt for the newest in skin care and I’ve sloooowly been switching to all natural products. We all know this can get pretty expensive. So little by little I’ve been incorporating DIY beauty products into my regimen. Well lately I’ve been reading all of these great reviews on GlamGlow face masks. If you’ve never heard of GlamGlow, it’s a 10 minute professional quality mud mask for men and women, high in ancient volcanic pumice rock, super antioxidants and minerals. This product has also received numerous awards such as New Beauty Best of 2012, Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Winner and Sephora’s Hot Now. Sounds all good, right? The only catch is that is $69 for a little under two ounces. TWO ounces?! I figured there has got to be a cheaper alternative so I started doing my research, mainly on bentonite clay and activated charcoal face masks, and came across a couple recipes. I tweaked the recipes to my liking, using the following ingredients.
Bentonite Clay: Draws excess oil and impurities to the surface of your skin and unclogs pores by removing dead skin cells.
Activated Charcoal: Draws out skin impurities and aids in healthy oil and skin cell production.
Aloe Vera Gel: Supplies your skin with moisture and elasticity. Also cleans and detoxifies your skin.
Chamomile: Packed with antioxidants that help you fight acne and breakouts. It also works to eliminate acne scars.
Coconut Oil: Naturally antibacterial and antifungal. It’s also great as a moisturizer. I personally use coconut oil as my daily face moisturizer. It’s better than any of those creams out there and a little goes a long way.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Known for its antibacterial properties.
GlamGlow Inspired Face Mask
- ¼ Cup Bentonite Clay
- 6 Capsules Activated Charcoal
- 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
- ½ Cup Chamomile Tea.
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil.
- 2-3 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Depending on your sensitivity)
- Mix together charcoal and bentonite clay
- Add mixture to melted coconut oil
- Mix together essential oil and aloe vera gel. Add to mixture.
- Slowly whisk in chamomile tea until it has a creamy consistency.
Simple enough, right?
Suggested Usage: Apply a thin layer on your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. It will start to dry and get tight. No worries. Wash it off with a wet wash cloth. Depending on your skin type you may want to use a moisturizer afterwards. I haven’t had to. The coconut oil provides enough moisture for me.
Personally, this face mask works wonders for my skin. I use it once it at least once a week. You can store the remainder of mask in a tightly sealed container in the fridge. Plus, for a small fraction of the cost of GlamGlow, I’d say it’s worth a shot.
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