Activated Charcoal Exfoliating & Detoxifying Facial Scrub


I had a lot of fun putting this Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Scrub blog post together. It should honestly be titled “how to kill two birds with one stone: DIY prank and mask”, I should have recorded. You would have loved the look on Laurina ‘s face. I scared her half to death it was just hilarious. 

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The activated charcoal mask reminds of the days I used to play house and make food using mud. Don’t let this black, mud pie looking mask scare you. It’s detoxifying, exfoliating, soothing, great for oily skin and acne prone skin plus it is nonstaining. For those of you who like me, until about a month ago had never heard of activated charcoal, is a highly potent natural treatment used to trap toxins. The activated charcoal is opened up ‘activated’ to attract certain substances from your skin. 

I am so happy to have been introduced to activated charcoal. since trying it out about a month ago, it’s worked wonders for my skin. I love having it as part of my natural skin care routine. 


Okay, so before we jump right into it, I think it’s important for us to discuss the fact that this is not, I repeat it is not your normal braai, chesa nyama or gochi gochi charcoal. So in case, it wasn’t already obvious, you cannot go and crush your barbeque charcoal to us on your face. This is a medical product that you can buy in a pharmacy or drug store.  

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You can use the activated charcoal as a mask or scrub. I tried it as a scrub first because as you all know I am attached to my Freeman Beauty Face Masks. It is great for all skin types but especially acne prone skin. it combats pollutants and draws out impurities without drying out your face. As a person with sensitive skin, whenever I read about a product drawing out impurities, I tend to get sceptical because some products will dry out your skin, strip it of its natural oils and thus lead to breakouts. 


I am going to share two versions of this scrub, one for people with hypersensitive (attention seeking) skin and another for people with behaved skin. The scrub will not just exfoliate your skin, draw out impurities and unclog your pores. It is re-energising, it shrinks pores, freshens the face and balances your skin. 

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Scrub for Sensitive Skin,

♥ Honey 

♥ Olive Oil

♥Activated Charcoal  

The activated charcoal is a fine substance but is coarse enough to scrub sensitive skin without being too abrasive. You can mix this with honey or oil for added moisture. Honey is  an anti-bacterial and anti-histamine 

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Scrub for Normal Skin

♥ Brown Sugar 

♥ Honey 

♥ Coconut Oil 

♥ Activated Charcoal 

I hope you find these recipes useful and healing to your skin. Remember what works for me might not work for your skin but I have to say. I love this scrub. 

Have an amazing Thursday. 






    • Miriam Maulana
      09/02/2017 / 17:33

      I hope of works for you. I love this scrub

  1. 28/02/2018 / 01:23

    Ooh,nice post. Thanks for sharing, helpful tips i will try it must.

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