Activated charcoal is like common charcoal, but is made specifically for medicinal use and to be very porous. These pores allow activated charcoal to trap impurities. But activated charcoal also works wonders for the skin when applied topically: it keeps skin clear by acting as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores.
From teeth whitening to adding volume to hair, it’s no secret that charcoal is packed with beauty benefits. It is great for those of us with oily or acne-prone skin. The ingredient helps draw out dirt and excess oils on the surface of the skin, making your pores feel cleaner and look smaller. But it doesn’t come cheap. So whether you’re looking to get rid of summer acne or achieve smaller-looking pores, here’s how you can make an easy charcoal face mask at home that will help your visage.
- Charcoal Tablets
- Fevicol/PVA glue
- Mixing bowl
- Start by squeezing PVA glue/Fevicol into a bowl. Use a a non-toxic brand (read the label to make sure) to be completely safe and not damage your skin.
- Break open the charcoal capsules an pour it into the bowl.
- Mix the glue and the powder together to make a thick black paste.
- Use your fingers or any make up brush to apply a thick layer of the mask on your face.
- Keep the mask on for atleast 20 minutes. You can increase or decrease the time based on how thick a layer you have applied in the previous step.
- When it’s bone-dry, you can slowly begin to peel it off. This might hurt slightly if you have any facial hair. But try to pull off as much as you can, as that’s what’s getting rid of all the dirt and grime that are hidden in your pores.
- If you have any discomfort, or you find that sections of your mask have cracked or crumbled, simply use a warm wash cloth in a circular motion to rinse it off.
- Equally, if you don’t fancy applying the mask to the whole of your face, you can also use it on a specific area like your nose, as it doubles up as a blackhead strip there.
And there you have it. Once it’s all removed, you’ll be left with clean, fresh-looking pores that are not only smaller but look incredible.
Watch the video below for detailed visual guide on how to make this mask at home.