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Ever heard the phrase “Youtube made me buy it”? Well in this case it really is true. Youtube made me try it.
Activated charcoal is becoming pretty popular in the beauty community. There are face washes, masks, and even Biore strips with charcoal as one of the main ingredients. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s actually a supplement used to aid in digestion. So why in the world use it on your face right? Well according to the Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal label it has “small chambers and cavities that bind up unwanted material or gas”. When you hear of someone getting their stomachs pumped, typically charcoal is used to bring the unwanted toxin out of the body. It’s been used in beauty recently because it’s thought to have the same binding action on your pores, cleaning them out.
I use charcoal for many different DIY masks but I left mine in Maui and had to buy a new bottle. It costs about $8 or $9 from my local health food store. I bought the glue for $1 from Target. The Elmer’s brand non-toxic glue is what my students used to love getting on their hands at Christmas time during out crafts and activities. You remember the stuff from being a kid, some genius classmate put it on his hands and let it dry and then started peeling it like skin. Well the mixture of the charcoal and glue kind of create the same consistency, a peel.
I am always looking for new ways to keep my face clear and extract all of the stuff that comes along with having oily skin and especially oily t-zone. I’ve tried all kinds of masks, peels and scrubs to keep my skin looking youthful. So while watching YouTube the other day, all of these DIY masks started popping up and the thumbnail pictures had me intrigued. I wanted to get that stuff out of my pores too! So I decided to give it a go.
Now I watched several different YouTube videos on how to do this mask. After watching Sylvia Gani’s video, I felt like I had a grasp of what to do.
How to Make it:
1.I opened 3 capsules (or a teaspoon) of my activated charcoal and poured them into my plastic bowl. They can be messy so be careful opening them.
2.I then began pouring in small amounts of the Elmer’s non-toxic school glue and stirred it until all was incorporated. Easy right?
3.Well then I put it on my face in sweeping motions using my ELF foundation brush. I covered all the areas of my face, being sure to avoid any hair…eyebrows,lashes, and hairline (I think I would cry if I accidentally ripped some out) and made sure that I didn’t see any of my skin through the mask. No bubbles or thin spots.
4.Now we wait…and wait….and wait. It took a good thirty minutes for it to dry. In the YouTube video she used her blowdryer so that’s an option too, but I had nothing better to do. I made the mistake of layering it on too thick in some places, so when I went to peel it off, I realized it wasn’t quite dry enough. So avoid my mistake and let it dry alllll the way.
5. Begin at the bottom of your face and start rolling/peeling the mask away. I couldn’t get mine in all one piece.
Use at your own risk. If you have sensitive skin or a low pain threshold, this mask may not be for you. It hurts! I have a pretty high pain thresh hold. Brazilian waxing, having long course hair, and a need to pop painful zits has built up my tolerance. It still hurt…bad. My little peach fuzz mustache was history! So avoid your hair! It’s glue so when it dries, it will pull those beautiful eyebrows you’ve worked so hard to get, out.
Now the good news. It cleared out quite a bit of gunk in the places I hadn’t used my comedone extractor. I tend to use my comedone extractor everyday after I shower. This is not a mask I would use often, because it hurts. Like I said in the disclaimer, if you have sensitive skin, it may not be for you.
Let me know in the comments how it went. Loose an eyebrow? Or did it give you that satisfying Biore strip result?