The charcoal face mask is making its rounds through social media. It’s growing in popularity as the new, go-to solution for all your skin woes. We all know that pollution these days is a major reason for your skin concerns. The impurities clog your pores and which results in a dull complexion. Charcoals help in removing the dirt, from the pores and give your skin a thorough cleansing. These masks also control the oil secretion in your skin, making it perfect for skin prone to blackheads and acne. The kind of Charcoal you want to use for skin care is called Activated Charcoal.
With only a few simple ingredients you can also make charcoal face mask at home. It is quick and easy. You can get clearer skin, detox, and soften your skin with the simple DIY recipe below.
This homemade charcoal face mask can be prepared with 3 ingredients only and is amazing at killing bacteria, getting rid of acne, and giving your face a crisp fresh feeling.
Did you know there are two popular types of DIY Charcoal masks?
Charcoal Mask Peel VS Charcoal mask Non-Peel
Charcoal Mask Peel: This is a mask that you peel off your skin once it dries. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen a few of the funny youtube videos floating around with people trying to remove them.
Charcoal Mask Non-Peel: This mask you wash off with warm water and is a safer less-painful option.
Activated Charcoal Mask Benefits
Some of the possible benefits of using an Activated Charcoal mask are:
- Cleanse pores
- Absorb excess oil
- Exfoliate the skin
- Remove Blackheads and dirt
- Remove toxins
- Leave skin looking smoother, cleaner and healthier
Charcoal Mask Ingredients
- 1 tsp bentonite clay
- 1 tsp activated charcoal powder
- 2 tsp water
- ½ tsp raw honey
- 1 drop each tea tree and lavender essential oil (optional)
How To Make A Charcoal Mask
– In a small glass bowl add the water and essential oil.
– Sprinkle the bentonite clay over the top of the water mixture in the bow. Allow it to absorb for a about 10 seconds before adding the rest of the ingredients. This makes the mixture easier to combine.
– Use a small rubber spatula to mash and mix everything together. The clay will want to stay lumpy, so this takes a few minutes to mix thoroughly. You’ll have enough mixture here for 2 face masks.
– Once your mask is mixed, apply it liberally to your face. Allow it to dry, about 10 minutes, before washing off with soap and warm water. Also Read: How to keep the skin moisturized -Winter skin care tips for dry & oily skin
Note: This mask is meant to be used in one use and will not store well, as it does not contain preservatives.
Charcoal Mask Tips
– Charcoal can and will stain light colored fabrics, and possibly your sink. Be sure to avoid getting it on your clothes, and immediately clean it off of your sink when using.
– Only use the Charcoal Mask once a week
– Apply a good moisturizer or skin serum to replenish your skin’s moisture and oils. Remember Activated Charcoal pulls everything out, even the good stuff. A hydrating moisturizer is a must to make sure skin doesn’t dry out.
– Use it as a spot treatment for acne
– Use on insect bites, stings, and minor infections so the Activated charcoal can draw out the impurities
– Wear dark clothing when working with Activated Charcoal to prevent staining.
– Open Activated Charcoal containers carefully as the powder is very fine and can spill easily.
– Before using on your face, test this face mask recipe on a small part of your skin to make sure you are not sensitive to this recipe.
– This mask can be tough to get off, and gentle soap helps to get the rest of the charcoal off of your skin. Using a washcloth helps too, but it may permanently stain, so use an old one. A washcloth also scrubs the charcoal across the skin, which may be too irritating for some skin types.
– This charcoal face mask may be too drying for some skin types, especially after using soap to remove it. If you find your skin needs it, then apply a thin layer of oil, like sweet almond or pumpkin seed oil, or your favorite natural face lotion afterward.
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