If you’re on Instagram, you might have seen those oddly satisfying peeling videos.
It’s disgusting, but peeling black masks off their skin and the grime being lifted with it just makes it look so satisfying. Have you ever wondered if these masks are as effective as they seem? We think so. It is a game changer for oily and acne prone skin. I did some digging and now I present you the benefits of activated charcoal and some face mask options so you can try for yourself.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated to increase its absorptive capacity. The charcoal attracts dirt, oil and other impurities. If it’s food grade charcoal powder, it can be ingested. But know that this charcoal is very different than the charcoal you normally get and grill with, because this type is only available in pharmacies and on some online portals.
What are the benefits of activated charcoal powder?
• Activated charcoal makes pores look smaller. If used as a face mask ingredient, the charcoal helps bind the oil and dirt in your pores and pulls them out. This clears your pores and makes them look smaller.
• Activated charcoal also absorbs excess oil from your skin, leaving it clean and smooth. Make sure you do this not more than once or twice in a week, as you may over-dry your skin.
• Because of its slightly gritty texture, provides the gentle exfoliation that the skin needs.
How do I use activated charcoal?
• Cleansing facial scrub with charcoal and sea salt
½ tbsp. activated charcoal powder
½ tbsp. fine grain sea salt
½ tbsp. rose water
Mix the above ingredients until you create a smooth paste. The salt will help fight bacteria and acne, the charcoal will help remove impurities, and the rose water will provide hydration and soothe inflammation. Gently massage your face with the scrub and rinse with warm water.
• Mattifying mask with charcoal and clay
½ tbsp. activated charcoal
½ tbsp. multani mitti or Bentonite Clay
Rose water as required
Mix the above ingredients until you create a smooth paste. The clay should help get rid of excess oils and the charcoal will pull impurities out form your pores. Apply it on your face evenly and let it stay until it is almost dry. Do not let it dry completely as it may then be difficult to wash off.
Have you used activated charcoal on your skin? Tell us about your experience below!
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