Most of the time when you think about charcoal, you’re not thinking about charcoal face wash. Instead, you’re most likely thinking about grilling outside and cooking up some cheeseburgers. Perhaps you’re thinking about having a cookout during the hot summer nights. Before I go any further, don’t start to fire up the grill just yet.
Charcoal is starting to become more easily associated with skin care treatment versus cooking on the grill. I’m going to share some information with you on charcoal and why it’s fantastic for your skin. Okay, maybe not fantastic for your skin specifically, because I have no idea what your skin is like. What I do know is that it’s a very popular ingredient and you need to know everything there is to know about this before you even think about using a product that contains charcoal.
Charcoal Face Wash And Why It’s Good For Your Skin
For those of you that didn’t realize it, charcoal is a very special skin care ingredient. It’s not something that’s been used for long either (in skin care). It is great for your skin because it possesses a natural detoxification property. It can do a lot of things for your body aside from making your skin look younger. It’s great for teeth whitening, detoxifying your liver, and just cleansing your body overall. It’s an ingredient that you should think about incorporating into your daily skin care routine if you haven’t already. I’ve personally tried and it definitely made a difference.
What Does Charcoal Do For Your Skin
If your the type of person that gets extremely clogged pores, then you know what it’s like to battle clogging and blackhead presence on a daily or weekly basis. It can be a battle that can lead to serious infection. If you’re one of those people dealing with this type of skin condition then you’ll be happy to learn that charcoal helps extract dirt and grime from your clogged pores.
In fact, there are charcoal face wash scrubs that exist which are said to do just that and they do it very well. Some of the face washes available are said to literally suck the dirt out of your pores. The best part is that they do so all without being too abrasive or harmful. Something that is rather difficult to accomplish given that some of the best skin products that exist are very harsh but effective.
If you didn’t know by now, charcoal is great for acne. I mean it might be the best ingredient for you to use. Why? Simple, because it’s a powerful ingredient that has been used to help cleanse and heal for many centuries. This ingredient literally draws out toxins and impurities from your skin and body.
The non-prescribed ingredient comes in either powder or capsule form. It’s so easy to get it’s incredible. Not to mention that the price is pretty affordable too. You can pick up an ounce of powdered charcoal for roughly $3.00. That’s one of the lowest priced skin care ingredients that I’ve ever come across. It can be bought at Walmart, Amazon, local pharmacy and maybe even the local grocery or health food store.
Activated Charcoal vs Regular Charcoal
Activated charcoal and regular charcoal are almost exactly the same. The only difference between charcoal and activated charcoal is that activated charcoal has been heated with the use of oxygen. This process makes the charcoal expand. As a result, the charcoal as physically changed form and created a rigid surface. The newly formed surface better absorbs toxins. Harmful substances easily bind to the charcoal.
There are many benefits to using a charcoal face wash. For starters, this natural ingredient is incredible for treating oily skin that is prone to acne development. It’s no secret that charcoal is often used in acne products due to its antibacterial properties and its ability to absorb oil along with other impurities.
Charcoal also has great anti aging properties as well. This ingredient can make the skin smoother and can even tighten the pores. It’s also said that using charcoal face wash can help limit inflammation. Excessive inflammation can make one age prematurely or at least appear to do so.
Charcoal can also act as a decongestant for your skin. A charcoal face mask will help relieve your skin of any irritation and uneven tone that might exist.
It’s important that I make it clear that no scientific evidence supports that benefits of incorporating activated charcoal or using a charcoal face wash on your skin. Many people rave about the results that they get using these products.
If you want to try and make your own charcoal face mask, you can easily put together a homemade zit-mask. You will need to pick up some charcoal powder, a little bit of rosewater, aloe vera gel, and some tea tree oil. I must warn you that you only want to use one or two drops of tea tree oil.
Mix everything together and carefully apply the mixture to your face. I suggest using a Q-tip or wearing gloves to apply the mask. Let it dry and then rinse the mask off with warm water. If you splash when rinsing, it’s important that you rinse everything right away.
Get An Opinion
If you want to begin incorporating this ingredient into your daily skin regimen, then you should really speak with a dermatologist or doctor before doing so. If you’re unfamiliar with the effects that this type of ingredient can have upon consuming it then you’re in trouble. It’s dangerous to try and use any new ingredient without getting a professional opinion.
DIY Charcoal Face Mask
Buying a charcoal mask at the store can come at a retail cost of around $30. It’s really great for individuals that wish to remove any excess dirt and oil that resides on the surface of your skin. The good news is that you can learn just about anything on YouTube, even how to make your own homemade charcoal face mask. This DIY mask can save you some money, to the tune of over $60 each week. A homemade DIY mask can cost almost nothing.
The next question that you probably have is what exactly do you need?
Well, the only things you need are PVA glue, a spoon, a paper bowl, and a few charcoal tablets.
Here’s a rundown of the steps that you need to take should you wish to create your very own charcoal tablet peel off face mask. I’ll keep this short and sweet. Special thanks to Emma Matthews for the images!
Step 1: Dispense PVA Glue Into Paper Bowl
You’ll want to start by squeezing the PVA Adhesive Glue into the paper bowl. Be sure that the glue you’re using is 100% non-toxic. Read the product label in order to confirm this. If the product is non-toxic, it shouldn’t hurt your skin at all. You’ll be using the same type of glue that you previously used during your days in grade school.
Step 2: Break Apart Charcoal Tablets/Capsules
The next step you’ll want to take will be to break apart the charcoal capsules or tablets and dump the powder into the glue. If you’re using tablets, simply crush the tablets up into a powder by using a fork.
Step 3: Add More Charcoal
The next step is to add more charcoal to the mixture. Soon enough, it should start looking like a black liquid paste. I’d recommend adding roughly 3 to 5 pills to create your mixture.
Step 4: Applying The Mask
Once you think that the mask color is dark enough, you can begin to apply it to your face. Most people prefer to apply the charcoal face mask peel directly with their fingers. Let it sit on your skin for roughly 25 minutes until it dries completely.
Step 5: Wait Even Longer And Remove
Once the mask has dried, you can then begin peeling it off. Warning, it’s going to hurt a little bit if you have facial hair. You’ll want to try and pull as much of the mask off as possible. In doing so, you’ll be removing lots of the dirt and oils that tend to clog your pores. If you have any problematic areas with regards to peeling the charcoal face mask off, then you can use warm water and a washcloth to remove whatever mask is remaining.
If you haven’t tried this DIY solution, then I encourage you to do so today. You’ve got nothing to lose in trying this!
Here’s the Youtube video that I found on the subject. Check it out and let me know what you think about it!