Clogged pores, acne, and uneven complexions — yeah, we’ve all been there. But, don’t worry, because products with activated charcoal might just be your new skin saviors. Yes, charcoal for your face sounds like it shouldn’t work, but, well, it does.
I won’t bore you with details, but in a nutshell, the ingredient draws out dirt, oil, and general grossness from pores, and refines skin for a “Yes, I drank eight cups of water and got nine hours of sleep” look — even when you really didn’t (because who actually does?). From a warming cleanser that detoxifies to a sponge that works wonders with just water, here is the beauty goodies that I’m dubbing as miracle workers.
- 1 or 2 tsp Activated Charcoal
- 1 tsp Rosewater (or distilled water)
- 1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel (or lemon juice if you don’t have aloe vera)
Just mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until you have one even color and consistency. Apply the mixture to your face in a thin, even coat. Allow the mask to dry and then wash off!
This mask is safe for most skin types, but you should first do a spot test to make sure this mask is right for you. Apply to a small patch of skin, let dry, wash off. Wait 24 hours to see how your skin reacts.
Do not exfoliate your face beforehand, however I recommend doing so afterward as it can leave some charcoal residue on your face–especially if you have fair skin.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal powder is basically carbon, the stuff pretty much any living thing is made of. The carbon is “activated” by heating it so it expands and becomes insanely porous, maxing out the surface area.
And guess what goes on in all those micro-pores: ADSORPTION. I know I probably sound like an over-eager child with a speech impediment but I did not misspeak. Adsorbtion, not absorption, works by electrical attraction, pulling molecules, atoms and ions towards its surface and sticking to it, not becoming one with it.
Toxins are attracted to activated charcoal and considering the porosity of the stuff, it can pick up a lot of riff-raff. That’s why you take capsules for an upset tummy. Medicinally, it’s used for removing any poisonous substances in your bod: alcohol (ahem), mercury and spider bites. It’s a natural and easily accessible antidote for the less tragically party.