Charcoal face masks have been around for years. As a child, I remember seeing those advertisements on television that dramatically made the woman look younger and her skin glows heavenly after removing the mask.
Hellooooo, my beautiful readers. I hope November is treating you well. Or, rather I should say you are treating yourself well 😉
I truly wish, may these last two months of 2020 bring the utmost positivity and happiness. May the festive season bring you all the love, warmth, and light.
Now, back to the work. So, were talking about charcoal face masks.
Well, I actually happened to use the charcoal face mask in the past week. And, I thought why not share a review/experience blog with you all.
Hearing about charcoal, the very first that comes into our mind is something like this – a black face mask evenly applied on the skin and left to dry, once it’s hard you just have to peel it (ouch!) off and it’s done.
But, before diving into all of it, let’s quickly go through some background and benefits of Charcoal face masks in relation to skincare.
Background and history of charcoal face mask
The earliest use of charcoal is recorded in 400 B.C. It was used to treat medical situations like vertigo, epilepsy, and anemia. Besides, it was used for the treatment of wounds, burns, and other surgical procedures to prevent the action of bad bacteria or toxins in the body. It was acknowledged that charcoal would filter all the unwanted impurities from the body leaving it clean inside.
The use of charcoal in skincare, to my surprise, goes back to 1500 BC. The Egyptians used it to preserve the bodies of the dead.
What we are using today for our faces, is not purely charcoal but the “activated charcoal”. Activated charcoal is the charcoal that has been treated to increase its capacity to absorb dirt, impurities, and oil from our skin.
However, the development of activated charcoal took place between 1870 and 1920. Later, catering to its establishment, its use became widespread. Hospitals and clinics around the world began using it for various purposes. And, not to mention, the use has continued to the present times as well.
Later, over the years, the skincare and beauty industry discovered the magnetic properties and their effects on the skin without being absorbed into it. Hence, it became a part of the skincare products around the world.
The most effective charcoal ever used is what is called Bamboo Charcoal. Its use is dated back to the reign of the Ming Dynasty in China. It was discovered to be the most absorptive wood charcoal, almost two to three times better owing to its unique microstructure.
Benefits of Charcoal
Charcoal is produced by the process of incomplete combustion (reminds me of the redox reaction chemistry classes in school) of plants and animals. The activated charcoal, as mentioned above, is used widely in the skin and beauty industry due to its remarkable absorbing properties.
Activated charcoal is the key ingredient in many skin care products today. Therefore, this makes it necessary to understand the reasons behind the popularity and use of it. The benefits of the charcoal face mask on human skin are as follows:
- It absorbs toxins from the skin – Charcoal face masks are the most touted detoxifying agent for skin. Its extra absorptive powers allow the mask to absorb all the toxins that lie under the epidermis and cause serious skin infections.
- It helps in reducing, closing, and cleaning the open pores – Open pores on the skin are a serious cause of blackheads. Hence, the use of charcoal helps in removing all the grime, dirt, and impurities from your skin and keeps it clean and smooth.
- It exfoliates your skin – Owing to the coarse texture of charcoal, it acts as a great source of exfoliation in skincare. It eliminates dead skin cells. Thus, leaving the skin looking brighter and clearer.
- It treats oily skin effectively – If you have oily skin, you should give charcoal masks a try. Charcoal reduces the extra oil that is produced by the pores. It controls the secretion of oil on your skin.
- It promotes even skin tone and makes it smooth – The credit goes to the cleansing properties of charcoal. The mask even out the skin tone by cleaning it from not outside but inside too. Also, the face mask hydrates your skin in the process of application and gives you fresh and smooth skin.
My experience with a charcoal face mask
You know that I choose to depend on home remedies when it comes to my skin and hair. My previous blogs are total proof of that. But, some things are better when not done yourself.
For example, making a charcoal face mask.
I was thinking of trying a charcoal face mask for a long, long time. The past month I finally happened to do it. And, while its process is familiar to all of you, I won’t embarrass myself revealing the mess I created during the process (or maybe I just did?)
Never mind!!! Yes, I am clumsy when it comes to all this. But hey, I am learning.
The application of the mask isn’t a problem. The problem begins when it’s dry and gets hard on your skin. And, the “description to use” on the product asks you to make weird faces to loosen it (I do that usually without a mask too). Hehehe!!!
Yes, removing the mask is the real task. It does take out everything that shouldn’t stay with your skin – the oil, the blackheads, the whiteheads, the dirt, impurities. Literally, all of it. My skin felt fresh and clean.
While my DIY face mask helps me in the quick run, the charcoal mask has been doing the same in the long run. Therefore, I’ll be using it more often now. Because anyway, 2020 isn’t allowing any of us to step outside without a reason.
And, as of now, I do not have a reason. =D
So, girls and boys go ahead. Invest in a good charcoal face mask. Treat your skin well, it needs love too.
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