- 1 What Is Activated Charcoal?
- 2 Where Can You Use Activated Charcoal?
- 3 Benefits of Activated Charcoal Mask
- 4 Things to Consider When Preparing and Applying Activated charcoal Mask?
- 5 How to Prepare Activated Charcoal Mask?
Homemade masks are super easy and super fun to prepare. This time, we have decided to give you different homemade charcoal mask recipes. Each recipe has different benefits to your skin.
So, all you need to do is to decide which one you want to try. If you want, you can try all of them and choose our favourite.
What Is Activated Charcoal?
When we say activated charcoal, things can get a bit messy. Generally, people think about the charcoal we use in heating. Well, actually this misconception is correct. People sometime call these carbon masks charcoal masks. But activated charcoal is different from regular carbon.
Actually, activated charcoalis a medical ingredient. So, it not harmful to apply this ingredient on your face. Activated charcoal can be obtained from bones, coconut shell, rice shell or from walnut shell. These shells are specially processed under heat. And after this controlled thermal process, activated charcoal is obtained.
Where Can You Use Activated Charcoal?
Well, you can use activated charcoal in skin care. Most of the commercial products use this ingredient. But if you don’t want to use these commercial products, you can always use activated charcoal in your DIY masks. This amazing ingredient has different benefits. When you combine activated charcoal with other ingredients, you can increase the benefits as well.
Actually, activated charcoal is used in other medical application. So, it is not just a beauty product. This ingredient can be used against poisoning. Also, it can help reducing negative effects of high alcohol consumption.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal Mask
Activated charcoal mask will help you to achieve the skin you have always wanted. By combining this amazing ingredient with other natural ingredients, you can use it in every skin care routine. One of the greatest benefits of this mask is that it will help you to have smoother skin.
Also, activated charcoal will help reducing excess oil on your skin. When you apply charcoal mask, activated carbon content inside the mask will absorb the excess oil on your skin. This will also help reducing acne and blackheads.
Generally, acne and blackheads are caused by excessive oil on skin. When this oil is combined with pollution and other external contaminants, your skin will create acne or blackheads. But if you clean your face with activated charcoal mask, you skill will be lees oily.
Additionally, this mask will help you to have younger face. Since it has amazing smoothing properties, your skin will look even. On the other hand, whitening power of this mask will reduce skin spots and acne scars. activated charcoal mask is especially beneficial against acne scar.
Things to Consider When Preparing and Applying Activated charcoal Mask?
There are few things you need to be careful about activated charcoal . Most importantly, try to prepare your masks while wearing your old cloths. Activated charcoal might stain your cloths. And it is really hard to clean these spots.
Also, if you are using bentonite clay in your recipes, avoid metal tools. This clay will interact with metal and all benefits of your mask will be gone.
Other than these two things, you can easily prepare and use you homemade activated charcoal mask. Once you start making you own DIY masks, you will want to try different recipes. So, we have provided two different activated charcoal mask recipes.
Both recipes has super easy to find ingredients. You can buy these ingredients from your local stores or from online stores. Also, you can use remaining ingredients for you other DIY project. There is never an excess material or ingredient when it comes to DIY. You can always improvise and create your unique mask recipes.
How to Prepare Activated Charcoal Mask?
Here, we provided two amazing recipes. You can easily prepare both masks under 5 minutes. And ingredients are easy to find.
Activated Charcoal Mask -1
We have decided to increase benefits of activated charcoal with bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is the best ingredient to prepare the mask. Since this clay has thick structure, masks tend to have ideal consistency. It is easier to apply thicker masks than liquid masks.
- 2 activated charcoal capsule (or you can measure these capsules with table spoon.)
- ½ tea spoon of bentonite clay
All you need to do is mix 2 activated charcoal capsules with bentonite clay. If this mixture is too thick, you can add water to make it more paste like. It is easier to apply this mask when you have less thick consistency.
However, since we are using bentonite clay for this mask, we need to be careful about one thing. Bentonite clay can interact with metal utensils. What does this mean? Well, if bentonite clay is mixed in a metal cup or a metal spoon is used for mixture, this clay will lose all the beneficial properties. What can you do to prevent it? Don’t worry the answer is simple. All you need to do is use plastic or wooden utensil for the mixing.
After preparing your DIY charcoal mask, evenly apply a thin layer on your face. You need to keep bentonite clay and activated charcoal mask for about 15 minutes. Bentonite clay should be completely dry. After that, clean your face with warm water. Always apply a moisturiser.
Activated Charcoal Mask – 2
For this recipe, we wanted to benefit from soothing power of Aloe Vera. This amazing plant will make your skin smoother and you will feel fresher. Also, you can grow an Aloe Vera plant at home and use this amazing plant in different recipes. We also added tea tree essential oil for fresher feeling. But please be careful when you are using essential oil. If you are allergic, you can skip this ingredient.
- 6 or 8 activated charcoal capsule
- 1 table spoon of Aloe Vera gel (you can buy this product. Or if you have Aloe Vera plant at home, you can use the gel of that plant as well)
- ½ table spoon of water
- 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil*
All you need to do is mix activated charcoal , Aloe Vere gel, water and tea tree essential oil. Apply this mask with a brush. Wait for 1-15 minutes. When activated charcoal mask dries, wash you face with warm water.