Recently one of my sisters snapped me a picture of herself in this black face mask & asked me if I'd ever tried it! I automatically assumed it was something she found at the store, so I asked her what brand it was, etc. She told me she made it herself & it consisted of charcoal and glue! Who doesn't love a good face mask? This method seemed to be cheap & effective so I was all the way in! You can find Activated Charcoal where vitamins & supplements are found in stores (although they're always sold out in my area) in the form of a capsule. I haven't found the powder form in stores yet, but of course everything is available online! For the same jar I used, containing 1.2 ounce, it can be purchased on Amazon for less than $10.
WHAT IT DOES
Activated Charcoal can be used for a number of things in your beauty routine, as well as a household item, such as teeth whitening, facial masks, gas issues, or to deter small insects & spiders, etc. It's relatively affordable & a little goes a LONG way...
The reason behind using Activated Charcoal for face masks is because it unclogs pores, helping rid them of dirt, oil & other impurities. This is a great mask to minimize pores or to combat acne. You only use a small amount of powder each time, but it adsorbs (you read that right) a thousand times it's own mass getting rid of all the bad stuff...
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
WHAT TO DO
When you make your mixture, you'll notice yours doesn't look like as much as mine, that's because I was making the mask for multiple people at the same time. From personal experience, I'd recommend only doubling the recipe once, due to the fact that it's glue & it'll start drying and becoming tacky.
Once you get it all mixed up, using the face brush or your fingers, apply it. You can do just your nose, t-zone or apply it to your entire face, but make sure you don't get it on your hair, eyebrows or if you're applying it to your guy, avoid his mustache, beard, etc. If you have a hairy face or a lot of peach fuzz, it might pull and not feel so pleasant, similar to waxing.
At first, the mask will appear very glossy and may be runny depending on how much glue you used. It takes about 15-25 minutes to dry. The wait time is dependant on the areas you applied it to & how thick it's on. Mine took a good 20 minutes. When it's dry, it'll feel tight and may start cracking if you move your mouth a lot. When it's time to remove it, be patient. You don't want to rip it off too quickly. Start from the bottom & pull up to get the best results. If there are any spots that are too hard to remove or didn't completely dry, you can remove those with your wash cloth & warm water. It'll reactivate the glue allowing you to wash it away.
Your face may be red immediately after the removal, but it'll feel great & seeing everything removed is quite satisfying! My face felt so smooth & fresh after the fact, and my pores looked almost non-existent for a couple days...
I didn't normally do masks an awful lot, but you can do this method 1-2 times a week. I usually wait until my skin is dying for some kind of mask or treatment to do one, but I've started using this mask 1x a week and I love the results I've been getting. It's simple, fast & effective.. oh & cheap!
Anyone can try this mask, regardless of skin type, but it may be a good idea to do a small patch test first.
Will you be trying this face mask? If you do, please share your results!
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