Best Charcoal Mud Masks: What are they?
Charcoal mud masks are made from natural ingredients like ash, wood chips, leaves or even animal fat. They have been used for centuries to treat various skin problems such as pimples, blackheads and white heads. The main ingredient is usually ground up tree bark (charcoal). There are many different types of charcoal mud masks available online but the most popular ones include those with rosemary oil and lavender essential oils. These are known as “herbal” charcoal masks because they contain no synthetic chemicals.
The idea behind using a charcoal mask is to absorb the toxins and impurities that build up on your skin due to over exposure to the sun, pollution, etc. The charcoal helps cleanse your pores of dirt and dead cells while at the same time helping reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne breakouts. When applied properly it can even prevent new pimples from forming!
How do I use one?
There are several ways to apply a charcoal mask. You can just put it on your face, or you can massage it into your hairline and scalp. Some people prefer to leave them on all day so that they don’t need to wash their faces after. If you choose the latter option, then you will want to make sure that there aren’t any clumps of product left on your head. This is probably the messiest way to use a product like this so if you have long hair you will probably need to wrap it up first.
First, let’s talk about how these different types of masks work. The simplest one that you can buy OTC is just a black liquid that you apply all over your face and wash off after 10-15 minutes.
Pretty simple right?
You can use this one 1-2 times per week depending on your skin type.
The next type is a peel-off mask.
Sounds yikes right?
Well it’s actually not that bad. You apply it like any other mask and leave it on for about 15 minutes as well. After this time you will start to feel a tingling and maybe even a burning sensation. This is completely normal so don’t worry. The sensation will not last long however you will start to notice that your face is turning red. At this point you can remove the mask (remember to do this slowly so that you don’t pull off your own skin!) and rinse your face with warm water.
Peel-off masks are fun to use but you probably won’t want to use them more than once a month. Your skin will be red for a few hours afterwards as well. If you have sensitive skin you may want to avoid using this type of mask completely.
The third type is a rinse-off mask. This one is applied the same way but instead of washing it off after 15 minutes you let it dry until it sets into a hard shell. After this happens you will then remove it by rinsing your face with warm water.
These types of masks are great for removing dead skin and opening up your pores. After you use one you will notice that your skin looks smoother and feels softer. You can use a rinse-off mask 1-2 times per week.
Now that you know what types of masks are out there, let’s talk about how to choose the right one for you!
How do I choose the right one for my skin type?
Simply look at the ingredients. This is really important because you want to avoid using a mask that will clog your pores or cause any other type of allergic reaction. As long as you stick with ingredient that are found in all three types of masks listed above, you should be fine.
Some ingredients to look out for include:
Glycerin – This ingredient helps moisturize your skin.
Green Tea Extract – This is an antioxidant that helps soothe the skin and reduce redness.
Aloe Vera Extract – This ingredient helps to moisturize your skin and reduce inflammation caused by acne.
All three types of masks that we talked about include one or more of the ingredients listed above. The only ingredients that you want to avoid are the following:
Butylene Glycol – This ingredient can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Carbomer – This ingredient can cause breathing issues in some people.
Benzyl Salicylate – This ingredient can cause allergic reactions in some people.
These three ingredients only show up in the peel-off mask so if you are using that type of mask make sure that you avoid them!
Once you have chosen the mask that works best for your skin, all you need to do is apply it and have fun! Just make sure to follow the directions on the package and you will be fine.
Now go have fun and show off your beautiful, glowing skin!
You are beautiful no matter what anyone ever says! But your skin can look even better with the help of skin care products. Check out some of our articles for information on those as well as beauty tips and more!
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