- Five charcoal masks worth trying to purify your pores
- Five Hydration Masks Perfect for Weekly Use
If you have been following this blog for a minute, you know how I’ve talked about double cleansing and its benefits. Missed my post on double cleansing or forgot what it is? You can view that post, here. The benefits of double cleansing includes cleansing the skin so that bacteria, dust, dirt and excess oil production are removed.
Thanks to the face products we use, from skin care to makeup, our pores are sure to be congested with oil, dirt, and debris. All of which can cause blackheads and whiteheads. Even with double cleansing, we will inevitably get clogged pores.
Undoubtedly, the best way to treat our pores is to get a professional facial where an extraction treatment is done. Since most people cannot get facials on a regular basis, the next best thing is to use a charcoal mask. Activated Charcoal is a great ingredient that will draw out impurities and clear your pores.
In addition to removing impurities, charcoal masks also remove excess oil and sebum. All of you oily skin peeps will love these types of masks because it will help to control your oiliness when used regularly. If your skin leans more towards dry, like myself, I would only recommend using a charcoal mask once per week or very sporadically – as these types of mask will really dry your skin out. Drier skin types should not fret, though. After using this type of mask, I hydrate my skin very well – I’m talking the heaviest cream and face oil I own.
One thing to note, since charcoal masks are detoxifying, you may notice a few breakouts a few days after use. This is nothing to freak out over as these are *good* break outs since the mask has removed the gunk from your pores. It can be normal to notice a few pimples that clear up in a couple of days.
That being said, breaking out all over, extreme redness or irritation (you know what your skin looks like when it has had a reaction to something) is not normal, and if this occurs you should discontinue use immediately. Last thing, you should not use a detoxifying mask on broken skin.
Listed below are five masks I think are worth trying to purify your pores. The charcoal masks I use in my current rotation are the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask and the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment.
1. Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($6.99) This one minute mask is formulated with natural charcoal and will purify your pores in just one minute. Use on clean, damp skin. Once the product comes in contact with water (on your face), it heats up as you massage it on. Leave on for one minute and then rinse.
The Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask is safe to use two to three times weekly. Each box comes with four individually wrapped masks for one use each. You can purchase at your local drug store, e.g. CVS, Target, etc.
2. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask ($34) Formulated with vitamin C and Montmorillonite Clay, not only will this mask detoxify and purify your pores, but it will also brighten your skin’s complexion. On clean skin, apply a thick layer of the mask careful to avoid your eye brows, hairline, and lips. Leave on for 30 minutes. Gently peel the mask off. You can rinse off any remaining residue. As you peel it off, you can see dead skin and other impurities – white heads/black heads that are removed with it.
You can find the Boscia Luminzing Black Mask at Sephora and the Boscia website.
3. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($25) This mask absorbs oil, impurities, and pollutants to detoxify skin. Charcoal powder and mineral clays will purify your pores while soaking up any excess oil. On clean skin, apply a thin layer. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse well.
The Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask can be used two to three times weekly, or as needed. You can find this mask at your local Clinique makeup counter at your local retailer.
4. Glamglow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment ($69) Formulated with Acnecidic-6 4.4% (a blend of AHA and BHA acids), Activated-X Charcoal, K-17 Clay, and Teaoxi – this mask treats problematic skin, including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps and in-grown hairs. This mask works like a magnet to draw out dirt and congestion in the pores. As you apply this mask and it begins to *work*, it changes color to a light gray. You will also notice little dots every where that you have pores. You can actually see it working! To use, apply a clean layer to clean skin. Leave on for 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes, however long you think you need to. Rinse with water to remove this mask.
You can use the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment as a full mask or spot treatment. It is available to purchase at Sephora.
5. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores ($26) Activated charcoal, Lecithin, and White China clay work to clear your pores, absorb environmental toxins and dissolve impurities within your skin. On clean skin, begin by using a warm, damp towel and leave on skin for a few minutes to open up your pores. Allow the mask to dry completely, about 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well. You can use this mask once per week or as needed.
The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores can be found at your local Origins retail store, Origins counter in a department store, or Sephora.
Have you ever used a charcoal mask before? Are you using one now that you love? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.