How Does it Work
If you’ve got acne prone skin/blackheads, you should own a jar of activated charcoal capsules. This ingredient is AWESOME for acne. It literally sucks out stale oils, dead cells, impurities and acne-causing bacteria from within the skin pores.
DIY : Making the Charcoal face mask
A - What You Need
- 1 activated charcoal capsule.
- 1-2 tsp of aloe vera gel
- 1 drop of tea tree oil
- Small bowl & spoon for mixing
- Face mask applicator brush
B - Directions
- Into a small bowl, empty the contents of one activated charcoal capsule..
- Now add 1-2 tea spoon of aloe vera gel. Don’t add a lot but just enough to create a spreadable paste.
- Stir in a drop of tea tree essential oil. One drop is actually enough (tea tree oil can give burning sensations) but you can add up to 2 drops if your skin isn’t that sensitive
- Mix everything up with clean fingers or the face mask applicator brush.
- Apply gently all over your face, avoiding the areas around your eyes and mouth.
- Let it sit on your face for about 5 minutes or until it dries up.
- Rinse off with warm water until the entire mask is off then splash your face with cold water to seal pores.
- Pat dry then tone and moisturize.
The best moisturizer you can use for acne prone skin is Shea butter. Just get a little less than a pea-sized amount and apply all over your face.
5 Skincare Benefits of Activated Charcoal
- Deep Cleaning
Because activated charcoal has no chemicals added to it, it can often be used on the most sensitive of skin. The charcoal gives your skin a boost by attracting dirt and other substances to the skin’s surface and sweeping them away.
Note: For those with dry skin, activated charcoal may be a bit too drying. If you have combination skin, or an oily “T-zone,” use the charcoal powder/cleanser mix only on those areas. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, and follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
- Stimulates vital collagen and elastin production.
Collagen helps plump the skin, while elastin firms the skin.
- Purified Complexion
Activated charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. Make it into a mask to help to flush out all the impurities.
Note: You can add 1 to 1 ½ tsp of bentonite clay to the mask mixture for extra absorption. If you have sensitive skin, however, the basic mask recipe should suffice.
- Blackhead Fighting
If you struggle with seemingly impossible-to-remove blackheads, activated charcoal may be exactly what’s needed. In this case, activated charcoal powder can be used as an effective spot treatment on the most stubborn areas. Note: Some people may notice the charcoal lingers in the pores as black dots – this can easily be removed by gently rubbing the area with a warm wash cloth.
- Balances Oily Skin
When the carbon in activated charcoal comes into contact with impurities, it soaks up the sheen on your face. If you struggle with oily skin, activated charcoal may help to balance things out.
Don’t overdo it, though: once or twice a week is plenty, to avoid drying out the skin too much.
Note: Always perform a patch test before using a new product to test for sensitivities.
- Gently Exfoliates
Use activated charcoal to make your skin glow via exfoliation. Its texture makes for a gentle, natural exfoliator. It helps to remove bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells from the face, while its antimicrobial properties may help to prevent skin infections
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