If you are someone who loves to try Instagram beauty trends, chances are you have exposed your skin to a charcoal peel-off mask. The trend took off with a handful of brave souls using the product in cringe-worthy and painful to watch videos. At one point, it was even a challenge, with a particular Korean brand being the most painful mask you'll ever come across. Yes, charcoal peel-off masks are popular and trendy, but are they effective and safe? We have some opinions!
- How do charcoal masks work?
- Are charcoal face masks worth all that pain?
- How can you incorporate charcoal in your routine instead?
How do charcoal masks work?
Charcoal or gel, all peel-off masks work in the same way. The liquid consistency is applied on target areas and peels off after it hardens into a stretchy, sheet-like material. They are usually packed with exfoliating agents and work to physically cleanse product build-up on the skin's surface. Yes, they literally bind with dead skin cells and peel them off.
Charcoal face masks first caught everyone's attention when every other feed on Instagram featured some beauty influencer reviewing it for the first time. These masks claimed to suck out impurities from your skin like no other. Containing activated charcoal as one of the vital ingredients, it gives you instant results. And their intense dark hue makes them aesthetically pleasing to watch on social media feeds.
Are charcoal face masks worth all that pain?
So we know that charcoal face masks are one of the toughest peel-off textures out there. They leave you in a painful and pulpy mess; all of which is good for a funny review video. But are they actually beneficial in the long run? The most straightforward answer would be: NO.
Charcoal masks contain a powerful adhesive that strips dead skin cells in a very aggressive manner. Since it is not controlled by AI, it can tear off healthy skin cells and strip natural oils as well. These masks can cause some real damage, especially if you have sensitive skin. Ever noticed facial hair on the peeled off mask? Yep, if something is strong enough to peel off baby hair, it will be anything but gentle on your skin!
How can you incorporate charcoal in your routine instead?
Let's cut to the chase and answer the most pressing question you have… are charcoal face masks really worth all the trouble? Absolutely not. The exfoliation goals you have with a peel of mask can be achieved by many other products AND keep your skin's barrier safe.
Having said that, charcoal is indeed a super ingredient for deep cleansing and pore-clearing needs. Need oil-free matte texture? Wash your face with the Ponds Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity with Activated Charcoal Face Wash. Or pick from any number fo charcoal-infused clay masks to incorporate the ingredient in your skincare routine. They work wonders for oily skin!