Introducing the DIY Charcoal Facial Mask! This mask is super easy and effective. After seeing so much of it on Pinterest and YouTube, I had to give it a try. Charcoal is very beneficial because it detoxifies the skin by drawing out toxins and minimizing pores. Charcoal also fights acne and gently exfoliates the skin.
You will need:
A small plastic container (Yes, I cut down a red Solo cup)
One plastic fork or spoon
White school glue (non-toxic)
Before you begin, be sure that your face is clean. I trust that you know better than to put a beauty mask on over cake face.
Firstly, I took the small plastic container and put about two tablespoons of school glue into it. I then opened six capsules of activated charcoal and emptied the charcoal into the container with the glue. The capsules are easy to open. Just press in the middle and twist. If this proves to be difficult, get some scissors and cut the tip of the capsule. The will easily release the charcoal but. Stir the charcoal and non-toxic glue together until they are well mixed. Add more glue or charcoal until you get the consistency desired. I mixed mine until it was the consistency of yogurt.
Apply to face with makeup brush. Avoid eyes and eyebrows unless you want the Mona Lisa look. You may apply it to your upper lip. Be sure that the layer of mixture that you add to your face is not too thick or too thin. If too thick, it will take forever to dry. If too thin, it may not have a great exfoliating effect.
After a brief walk through a bamboo forest, it was time to take off the mask. It took about 25 min to dry completely. Be sure to start taking the mask off under your chin and work your way up to the forehead. I will warn you that it might hurt a bit to take off. Take your time peeling it off. Once completed, I was surprised that my pores were not as clogged as I thought. I expected to see alien eggs, instead I got peach fuzz. I could see where it peeled away the clumps of dirt from clogged pores, but it was not as much as I thought it would be. My pores were definitely minimized and my skin felt smooth and soft.
I was pleased with the results and I would certainly do it again!