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I’m a wife and momma on the daily and bouquets of flowers from Trader Joes are my love language. I'm a wanna be cooking show host. You can probably find me watching Bravo TV with an iced coffee in hand. I'm a big fan of brunch with the girls and ice cream dates with my guys. I love encouraging others with words and have a heart for serving.
January 14, 2020
If you haven’t tried a charcoal mask you, what are you waiting for?! I feel like this is THE mask to get you into masking on a weekly basis. Charcoal face masks are great because they well help clear up your skin! I’ve tried several and wanted to share my reviews on some of my favorites.
If you have DRY skin, I honestly wouldn’t recommend a charcoal mask. I would instead, recommend a restorative mask that helps in hydration. This is a great one from Origins and maybe adding in one of these hydrating oils. The only time I’d recommend this if you have dry skin is to help remove dead skin since it’s exfoliating and then follow up with a SUPER intense hydrating moisturizer and oil.
Charcoal masks are more ideal for those of you with oily and congested skin. That is me, to a T. As in, my T zone is a BOLD T of oil. You feel me? Even if you’re super oily, I wouldn’t mask more than once a week. It can throw the balance of your natural oils off and cause more problems than excess oil. Do a weekly mask, with one mask only, and call it a day (or night). Okay, let’s get started.
I think first and foremost we should chat about charcoal itself. It’s definitely a popular ingredient that we’re seeing more and more. And no, this isn’t the charcoal you use to cook with! It’s activated charcoal, like the kind that you may drink in a charcoal lemonade, or an activated charcoal pill .Here’s why it’s so popular.
Activated charcoal attracts to dirt and oils and toxins. Therefore making it an ideal ingredient in skin care to help remove all of that gunk from your skin and help to unclog pores. Also great to pull out toxins from your body after a night of drinking in pill form, but maybe that’s for another post.
TIP: To make it easier for your masks to pull out dirt and blackheads, you want to always cleanse your face before a mask. If you put a mask on skin that hasn’t been cleaned and pores haven’t been warmed up, ain’t nothing gonna come out! Do a 2 minute cleanse to get things moving, dry your face, then put on a mask. You’ll see MUCH better results this way.
I love this mask because when you do it and it starts to dry, you see the oil pull out of your pores. I love a good visual, you feel me? Like those Biore pore strips? Man I wish I had more blackheads when I do them. This mask helps to draw out oil from your pores that you can SEE and it’s GROSS. The salicylic acid in the mask also helps to exfoliate which is ideal for oily and congested skin. (Insert raising hand emoji!)
My Take // I personally love this mask the best out of the ones in today’s post. I found it TRULY pulled out my blackheads the most.
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