Peel-off Mask with Activated Charcoal
Charcoal, as often comes to your mind, is the stuff that you need in your barbecue party. But very few know that it is a highly effective detoxifying substance.
Some people like to take it orally for detox; many use it in their water system to filter out wastes and chemicals from water; and amazingly, it can do magic to your face.
Infusing activated charcoal with other products to make face masks is a thing nowadays, and for good reason. After all, activated charcoal has been proven to do wonders for the body.
Activated charcoal powder is available in capsule form, which you may already be familiar with or as an active ingredient in many skincare products.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated Charcoal or activated carbon is produced by heating pulverized carbonaceous substances like sawdust, peat or coconut shells to very high temperatures (600-900 °C) and then activated by steam or hot air to increase its adsorptive capacity for medicinal purposes or as a natural treatment. So it is important to note that activated charcoal is NOT the usual charcoal you used in your barbecue grill.
Activated charcoal is used to trap toxins, chemicals, and ‘poisons’ in the body. It cleans the body by flushing unwanted substances that could harm the body. Because of this, it is only natural to think that this must also be good for your skin if applied topically. And indeed, it is.
Activated charcoal is available in the market in form of soaps, scrubs, foaming cleansers and facial masks as an active ingredient. However it should be understood that some of the products may contain chemicals that you may not like.
Activated charcoal is mainly harmless. But keep in mind, there are some people that react differently to particular substances. So if application causes irritation, redness, or swelling, immediately stop exposing yourself to the substance.
More often than not, it is better to make a DIY product so you would know how they work and what they’re made of. You would also be able to control proportions.
So here are two ways on how to make an Activated Charcoal Face Mask…