The beauty industry is dynamic. Every other day, there's a new trend doing rounds on social media, celebs are seen jumping on the bandwagon and soon enough, the trend breaks the internet. The charcoal face mask is a recent trend that is gaining a reputation as the beauty world's favourite go-to solution for all skin woes. Charcoal is a beauty ingredient that has found its way into numerous skincare products ranging from face scrubs to body washes due to its unbelievable cleaning properties. However, not every fact about the properties and benefits of using a charcoal face mask in your beauty regime is out in the open. So, we took it upon ourselves to bring you an informative guide about everything you will need to know about charcoal face masks. Let us dive right into it.

What is activated charcoal?

The charcoal we're talking about here is completely different from what goes into your cooking and barbecue. Activated charcoal is used in beauty products because it is heated or treated to enhance its absorption abilities.


How does a charcoal mask benefit your skin?

For decades, activated charcoal has been used to treat a variety of ills across the health and beauty industries, including in homes, hospitals, and salons. When used as a face mask, it delivers visible benefits, ensuring healthy, glowing skin. Although more research is needed, a charcoal mask is known to provide these benefits:


Eliminate impurities from the skin 

One of the most touted benefits of a charcoal face mask which makes it such a massive sensation is that it absorbs bacteria and toxins from the body. Our skin endures a lot throughout the day. Pollution, harmful sun rays and grime, all contribute to the build-up of toxins under the skin. After a while, merely cleansing, toning and moisturising seem to be of no help, and our skin needs something powerful to combat various skin-related issues. An activated charcoal face mask is an ideal solution to pull out toxins from under the skin.


Minimising the pores

Large, open pores are unanimously hated by everyone. The glaring huge pores look unseemly and make people self-conscious about their looks. But why do pores appear that way? The real culprit behind the appearance of large pores is the dirt and grime lodged within them. You get smaller pores when activated charcoal is applied to your face because it absorbs all the impurities inside them. Your skin will become smooth and even-toned as some pores close entirely over time.


Helps soothe breakouts

Dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria that get trapped inside your pores cause acne. Inflammatory lesions caused by acne-causing bacteria can cause irritation, redness, and swelling. Activated charcoal is a well-known antibacterial agent and helps eradicate bacteria from the pores. This property can significantly reduce acne and stun the growth of acne-causing agents. 


How often does your skin need a charcoal mask?

Charcoal masks are not much different from other masks, and as with other face masks, applying a charcoal mask once or twice every week should do it. Those with sensitive or extra dry skin are however advised not to apply a charcoal face mask very frequently. After applying, let the mask sit on your face for at least 15 minutes and if possible do it before your bedtime for better results. 


The Takeaway

The last couple of years have seen tremendous growth in the popularity of activated charcoal products. With continuous usage, an activated charcoal face mask is known to provide a clearer and healthier complexion. You just have to find the one best suited for your skin type, and you're good to go!