You’ve probably seen them before… those videos of women on social media using a black mask on their skin and peeling it off. It’s like those Biore pore strips where you can see the blackheads literally getting removed when you peel it off. So I did some research and found out that the main ingredient in those masks is activated charcoal (one of my favorite natural remedies for digestion and whitening teeth). Yep, those ladies are using charcoal peel-off masks.
But the problem was that most of the charcoal masks in stores have a ton of chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Even the DIY charcoal masks are usually made with (wait for it)… glue. You know the glue that your kids use for art projects. Yeah, people put that on their face. No thanks.
I couldn’t figure out how to make my own charcoal peel-off mask until one day I was making these homemade gummies for my kids. I used gelatin to thicken up the gummies and then I thought… what if I used gelatin to make this mask. After several attempts, I finally got it right and now I want to share it with you.
DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask
About the Ingredients
- Activated charcoal absorbs toxins and build-up on the skin and helps to naturally detoxify.
- Bentonite clay tightens and tones the skin and draws out impurities deep within the skin. Check out more uses for bentonite clay.
- Gelatin helps to nourish the skin and helps acts as a binder in this recipe to draw out impurities. It’s the key ingredient that makes this mask peel off.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil (where to buy) clarifies the skin and keeps it clear and smooth.
About the Mask
This mask works incredibly well, but I want you to know about a few things before you get started:
- When you apply the mask to your face, make sure you don’t apply to the eye brows. The mask is strong and will pull on the eyebrow hairs. Now if you do happen to get on the eyebrows by accident, don’t worry. Wipe it off as soon as possible. If it dries and you notice it’s in your eyebrows DO NOT PEEL it off. Use a warm washcloth to gently remove the mask.
- Be sure you also do NOT apply near the eyes. Stay about 2 inches away from the eyes and just above the eyebrow.
- If at any time when you’re peeling the mask off, it hurts or it’s just too sensitive to peel, then stop. Use a warm washcloth to gently remove the mask or soak the skin in warm water in the shower and then use a washcloth to remove gently.
- Peel the mask slowly to draw out the impurities. You’ll actually see them on the dried mask areas you peel off.
- The mask will pull facial hairs too (added bonus) and the skin will be slightly pink, which is normal with peel-off masks. You might remember this if you’ve ever used those Biore pore strips.
- Your skin will be as soft and smooth as a baby’s butt. Seriously!
- Discard the dried mask bits in the trash. It won’t go down the drain in the sink.
- You could just use it on the nose, chin or T-zone if other areas of your face are sensitive.
- 1 capsule activated charcoal (about 1/4 to 1/3 tsp)
- 1/4 tsp bentonite clay
- 1 tsp non-flavored gelatin
- 1-2 drops tea tree essential oil (where to buy)
- 2 tsp boiling hot water
- Remove make up and use a gentle cleanser to clean the face. Pat dry.
- Open the activated charcoal capsule and add the contents to a small glass or ceramic bowl. Discard the empty capsule.
- Add bentonite clay and gelatin.
- Add boiling water and mix well with a mini silicone spatula (avoid metal spoons as the metal may weaken the health properties of the bentonite clay). The gelatin will thicken up the mask.
- Add 1 drop tea tree oil and mix again.
- Use a mask brush to apply a layer of the mask to the skin, avoiding eye brows and be careful not to get too close the eyes.
- Apply mask rather quickly as the mask will continue to thicken up. If the mask in the bowl dries up sooner than you get to apply the mask, add a 1/2 to 1 tsp of boiling hot water again to make the mask liquid again to apply.
- Once you have a thick layer of the mask on the skin, allow to dry about 20-30 minutes. You may need to wait longer depending on the thickness of the mask. You will feel a slight tingling sensation from the bentonite clay and tea tree oil, both help to remove impurities from the skin.
- Once the mask is dry, start on an edge (chin or forehead) and slowly peel off the mask until it’s completely gone. You can use a warm washcloth to remove any remaining mask on the face.
- Apply a toner and then follow with a moisturizer to keep the skin nourished.
Photo credit: Bigstockphotos.com / mne_len
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