While there are a zillion face masks out there for various skin-related issues, you’ll be surprised to know that there is one ingredient that can help treat a number of skin woes. We are talking about charcoal! What if we tell you that charcoal has more benefits than just help you prep for a barbecue? From removing blackheads to treating acne and acne scars, activated charcoal is the hero ingredient you never knew your skin needed. You can easily use charcoal in the form of charcoal peel off mask and reap its many benefits.

Though putting charcoal on your face might sound icky and not-so-glamorous, it can prove to be a big boon in your life! There are many benefits of using charcoal on your face. It not only helps detoxify your skin but also gives it a brighter and smoother appearance. So pamper your skin with a charcoal peel off mask as this will rejuvenate your skin leaving you with a radiant glow.


What is activated charcoal?

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is charcoal that is produced using small particles of carbonaceous substances such as coal, sawdust and coconut shells. It is heated to very high temperatures so that it develops small spaces in it to trap chemicals. Activated charcoal draws grime, bacteria, oil and other impurities from the skin, which makes it an amazing ingredient to treat all your skin woes. It’s even better when you use an activated charcoal peel off mask as it exfoliates your skin and sloughs away dead skin cells.


Benefits of charcoal masks for your face

Benefits of charcoal masks for your face

Adding a charcoal mask to your daily skin care routine can prove to be extremely beneficial for the health of your skin. From deep cleansing your skin to working as an excellent exfoliator, charcoal masks are pure gold! With the variety of skin care benefits that charcoal offers, it’s only ideal to make charcoal peel off masks your best friend for life. Here’s a low-down on the benefits of using charcoal on your face.

1. Keeps acne at bay

Keeps acne at bay

Treating acne is no easy feat! We suggest you put all your other remedies aside and get your hands on a charcoal mask. The absorbent property of the activated charcoal works like magic in fighting off acne-causing germs and dirt, oil and other harmful pollutants.

2. Detoxifies skin

Detoxifies skin

Clogged pores and breakouts are your skin’s worst enemy! It is, therefore, ideal to detoxify your skin on a day-to-day basis. And there’s no better way of detoxifying than pampering your skin with a soothing charcoal mask that’ll help you get rid of all the impurities and treat many of your skin concerns, all packaged in one single mask! You can totally rely on a charcoal peel off mask to detoxify your skin at the end of a hectic day out in the sun.

3. Helps you get rid of acne scars

Helps you get rid of acne scars

At times, acne leaves behind scars that are even more difficult to treat. But this hero ingredient will do the trick for you. Treating acne scars and blemishes just got easier, ladies! All you need to do is use activated charcoal on your facial skin to get rid of the scars. Thanks to its slightly abrasive texture, charcoal helps slough away the dead skin on top of the acne scars, thereby revealing new skin beneath.

4. Helps remove impurities

Helps remove impurities

Your facial skin is regularly exposed to the sun, pollution, oil, grime and is in constant contact with makeup products. This debris on your skin does not leave room for your skin to breathe. It is therefore important to pamper your skin on a daily basis. Apart from the usual CTM procedure, you need charcoal peel-off masks in your routine. Did you know? Activated charcoal has the power to trap carbon-based impurities. The dirt and other environmental pollutants that have accumulated on the surface of your skin will be sucked out with the help of a charcoal mask leaving your skin looking clean and clear.

5. Excellent exfoliator

Excellent exfoliator

While facial cleansing is a part of your daily skin care regimen, we often give exfoliating a miss. Remember that your skin will never forgive you for committing this crime! Exfoliating promotes skin cell renewal, thereby revealing a healthier and glowing complexion. To avoid the hassle of exfoliating, simply pick a charcoal peel off mask that’ll not just help exfoliate your skin but also moisturise and brighten its appearance.

6. Oily skin woes no more

Oily skin woes no more

Oily skin can seriously bring your beauty game down. What’s even worse is when the oil gets mixed with your makeup leading to a much-dreaded makeup meltdown. To keep oily skin at bay, charcoal can be your best bet. Activated charcoal sucks out excess oils and stale sebum that is stuck within your pores. In such cases, it’s a great idea to get your hands on the charcoal to balance oily skin. Make it a regular habit and you’ll see a huge difference in the texture of your skin over a period of time.

7. Bye bye, blackheads

Bye bye, blackheads

Well, who doesn’t find blackheads annoying?! They are not just stubborn but also extremely painful to pluck out. Here’s a solution! You’ll be surprised to know that you can use charcoal for blackhead removal from your skin. All you need to do is treat your skin to a charcoal mask and you’ll see how magically the blackheads peel off from your skin. (We are sure you have seen those countless videos that show just how satisfying peeling off a charcoal mask can be!)

8. Deep cleanse your skin

Deep cleanse your skin

The key to glowing skin is hydration. It’s important for your skin to be hydrated enough for it to look flawless. How do you manage that? Deep cleansing is the answer! And no, you don’t need to follow lengthy skin care routines to deep cleanse your skin. All you need is a peel-off mask infused with activated charcoal to keep your skincare game top-notch!

9. Brightens the appearance of your skin

Brightens the appearance of your skin

Environmental factors such as pollution, UV rays and oil can damage your skin, making it look extremely dull and dehydrated. The charcoal mask is a saviour when it comes to keeping dull complexion at bay. The charcoal will help reduce the appearance of dull skin and increase luminosity.


DIY charcoal face mask

DIY charcoal face mask

To prepare this charcoal peel off mask at home: 

  • You will need 1/3rd teaspoon activated charcoal, 1/4th teaspoon multani mitti (Fuller’s earth), 1 teaspoon non-flavoured gelatin, 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil and 2 teaspoons boiling hot water.
  • Start by cleaning your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and apply the mask on your face with the help of a face brush.
  • Ensure you cover all the areas evenly barring the brows and the area around the eyes.
  • It’s essential to apply the mask quickly before it thickens.
  • In case it does, then add some more boiling water to the mixture to make it liquid-y again.
  • Once you have a thick layer of the mask on your skin, let it sit for about 20-30 minutes and allow it to dry completely.
  • Slowly and carefully peel off the mask by starting at an edge (forehead or chin).
  • You can also use a warm washcloth to remove any remaining mask sitting on your face.

Lastly, apply the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All over Toner and follow it up with the Lakmé Peach Milk Soft Creme Moisturizer to keep your skin nourished and glowing.