Before We Go On
Charcoal masks have taken the spotlight on social media becoming one of the trendiest skincare products. It’s known for its ability to purify and tighten pores, resulting in clear and radiant skin. It’s a remarkable natural ingredient that is bound to impress most skin care junkies. You can find charcoal masks in tubs and even in sheet masks for an easier application. However, some people might experience side-effects from charcoal masks. Before we go on, let's talk about the pros and cons of a charcoal mask.
Activated Charcoal vs. Charcoal
It’s not often indicated but there is a difference between the two. Both are derived from carbon but the use for the two differ. Activated charcoal is much more porous, the larger surface is able to filter out more as it allows more to be stuck to the surface. Charcoal, on the other hand, is mostly found at home or at your favorite Korean BBQ restaurant. It’s commonly used in water systems, vacuums, and BBQ.
Benefits of Charcoal Mask
Most skincare products use activated charcoal as toxins stick to it better. It’s an all natural ingredient that won’t add new chemicals to the skin. Charcoal masks help with shrinking pores, balancing sebum levels, treating acne, cleansing, soothing, and healing.
When Not to Use a Charcoal Mask
Although charcoal is an amazing ingredient, daily use can result in loss of natural nutrients and oils. It's best to use a charcoal mask in rotation with another mask. If you're using a charcoal paste, it can be messy and even dye your skin.
Charcoal Sheet Masks
Charcoal is definitely an eye-catching ingredient with too good to be true benefits. Try a charcoal sheet mask for easier use and see if this amazing ingredient works for your skin type. Good luck!
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