Today the latest craze for a type of skin clarifying product is charcoal masking. Yes, that’s me in the photo trying a charcoal mask. Ha! It was fun, and I enjoyed learning all about it.
There are plenty of videos showing the different types that are available, use, results, etc., including likes and dislikes. Let’s explore the ingredients to help you make an informed decision on what is best for your skin type and whether or not using a charcoal mask is beneficial for you.
A good quality charcoal mask will have multiple tasks, including deep cleaning, reducing shine and it will contain clean botanical extracts.
The SCIENCE behind the products in today’s top quality charcoal masks
Activated Charcoal: When charcoal goes through a special heating process, it becomes activated, making it more porous. Activated charcoal is known to absorb up to double its weight in impurities. The power of activated charcoal helps unclog pores, taking skin beyond everyday clean. As a result, your complexion looks clearer and healthier, and pores appear minimized.
Kaolin and Bentonite Clays: Studies show that people with problem skin produce more oil than people in a control group do. (A control group is defined as people in an experiment or study that do not receive treatment by researchers and are used as a benchmark to measure how the other tested subjects did.)
Skin also can become oilier with seasonal changes or other factors, making excess oil a common concern. Adding the absorbent power of kaolin and bentonite clays, a charcoal mask instantly absorbs excess oil and reduces shine.
Honeysuckle and Navy Bean Extracts: These extracts are shown to target the appearance of skin discoloration. Together, they’re a powerful ingredient combination designed to help you leave a troubled past behind and create a clearer-looking future. Additionally, a research study showed that each of these botanical extracts may help soothe skin.
YOU’LL WANT TO TRY A CHARCOAL MASK IF:
You are looking for an effective yet gentle product to unclog your pores, absorb excess oil and reduce shine.
You have a teenager with problem skin.
You use a good skin care regimen and after hearing so much about it, you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of activated charcoal.
Before buying a Charcoal Mask, you’ll want to look for these things:
It should be suitable for all skin tones and types, particularly those with oily skin. It definitely needs to be clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy; dermatologist-tested; suitable for blemish-prone and sensitive skin; non-comedogenic; and should easily rinse off. (One important point: I personally have not heard good things about those peel off masks, so proceed with caution if you are considering buying one.)
Arming yourself with the facts will most likely reap great rewards for you, and you’ll be very pleased with your purchase!
Want to try the charcoal mask I like best? Message me and I’ll tell you all about it!
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