The Truth About Charcoal Face Masks
Face masks don’t serve the sole purpose of helping you to relax. While we can’t deny they’re the perfect way to unwind at the end of a tough day, they can also come with serious skin benefits. That is, if you pick ones infused with the right ingredients, like charcoal. Charcoal masks have made quite the name for themselves in the world of beauty trends—evidenced by every social media influencer sharing snapshots where they’re coated in one—and it’s with good reason. Masks formulated with charcoal have quickly risen in popularity due to their powerful potency and impressive effects. Ahead, we’re sharing three charcoal face masks that you should try now.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask
Clay is right up there with charcoal among the trendiest ingredients being formulated into face masks—and thankfully, there’s no reason both can’t be combined into one all-star formula. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, which is formulated with not only charcoal but kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava clays as well, does just that. Over time, chances are environmental factors, such as pollution and debris, will have taken their toll on your skin, leaving it looking dull and tired. Combat that with this mask, which helps to draw out a build-up of impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce dull skin tone, and increase luminosity. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. After waiting, you’re ready to remove with water. Repeat three times a week for best results.
Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask
We love multi-tasking products that allow us to cut down on just how many items we need to use every day and charcoal masks are no exception. One way to minimize the number of products in your regimen, without giving up your beloved face mask, is to pick a charcoal mask that works double-duty—as a cleanser and a mask. Instead of washing your face with a cleanser and then following with a separate face mask, you can wash your face with the same formula as your face mask. Not only will you have a more streamlined skin care routine, but you won’t have to worry about finding formulas that pair well together.
Meant for oily skin, the Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser Mask is infused with charcoal and can help draw out impurities, acting like a magnet for purified pores. The masking and cleansing combo works as a daily cleanser for skin that feels fresher and is clean, and as a detox mask for skin that’s deeply cleansed, with impurities removed and a lasting glowing appearance. To use your new favorite multi-tasker as a mask, start by wetting your hands and face. Spread a thin layer of product onto skin, then allow it to dry for five minutes before washing your face. Repeat up to two times a week for best results.
Garnier SkinActive Super Purifying Charcoal Face Mask
Face masks may be an essential for DIY-ing your own spa day, but we’ll admit, when there’s a lot of clean-up, masking can feel anything but spa-like. When the mood to use a face mask strikes you, but you aren’t up for handling any of the messy aftermath, it’s still possible to indulge in a masking session, so long as you have a sheet mask on hand. Place one on your face while you kick up your feet and relax, and when time is up, there’s no need to rinse. It’s really that easy.
The Garnier SkinActive Super Purifying Charcoal Face Mask is a non-greasy sheet mask formulated with charcoal and algae extracts, and it can help draw out pore clogging impurities and give skin a deeply cleansed feel. After just one use, skin can breathe easier and appears more even, and with continued use pores can even look less visible. When you’re ready for a spa-inspired experience that’s stress (and mess) free, smooth the sheet mask onto cleansed skin, fitting it to the contours of your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, remove, and massage the remaining product into your skin. That’s it, you’re free to move onto the next step in your skin care routine.
Once you’ve mastered using a charcoal face mask, you can start to consider taking the next step and diving into multi-masking. To get all the answers on why multi-masking is a must—and how to do it—head on over to our article on why multi-masking should be part of your skin care routine.
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