Dr Yannis Alexandrides explains in this article that this is no doubt why your face feels instantly smooth, but with the mask goes many of your essential oils and protective cells, which keep the skin healthy and help guard against bacteria. In the long run you are leaving your skin more open to harmful pollutants and the end result is damaged, dry skin.
In an article published by Seventeen Magazine, California-based dermatologist Christine Choi Kim recently explained how using the peel-off charcoal mask could be doing the opposite of what you want it to. She explains, "This charcoal and glue mixture could actually clog pores, leading to blemishes. Sensitive skin types may react to the stripping action of peeling off dried glue which removes the top protective layers of the epidermis and could lead to rashes
About the IngredientsActivated Charcoal is a form of charcoal (usually derived from wood, peat or coconut shells) that has been heated in order to increase its ability to absorb substances. In fact, it is so effective at binding to things such as alcohol, drugs and poisons, that it has been used in the medical industry for many years as an alternative to stomach pumping. Activated charcoal has more recently been gaining popularity in the skin care industry because of the incredible detoxifying effect that it has on your skin due to its ability to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. Activated charcoal also minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance, helps balance oily skin, eliminates black heads, and gently exfoliates. Matcha is used for its powerful anti-oxidant properties and contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E, helping to reduce wrinkling, leathering and premature skin aging. Bentonite Clay is a naturally occurring clay from volcanic ash sediments with over 70 trace minerals. It is a highly absorbent cosmetic clay that draws oils and impurities from the skin. Vegetable Gylcerine restores elasticity to aging and damaged skin. It is also non-irritating, soothing, and very moisturizing for dry and cracked skin. Vegetable Glycerin is noncomedogenic (meaning it does not clog pores) and is an ideal choice for inclusion in formulations intended for oily and acne-prone skin. Note: opt for palm-free, organic vegetable glycerine like this! Witch Hazel has wonderful astringent properties due to the high levels of natural tannins found within it. These natural astringent properties help to tone the skin, removing excess dirt and oil and tightening the pores. Witch hazel also contains procyanadins, resin, and flavonoids, all of which add to its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Castile Soap is a very gentle, low sudsing and 100% natural liquid soap made from saponified olive oil. Castile soap's addition to the mask allows for gentle and easy removal once it's dried.
How to Make an Activated Charcoal Mask with Matcha and ClayThis is a wonderfully simple DIY that requires no heat, oils or melting. A kitchen scale is always helpful when making your own skin care products, as weighing the ingredients is much more precise and gives more consistent results, especially when it comes to measuring powdery substances and solid oils and butters. Ingredients
- 30 g Activated Charcoal (approx. 2 tbsp)
- 30 g Bentonite Clay (approx. 2 tbsp)
- 5 g Matcha (about 1 tsp)
- 30 g Witch Hazel Hydrosol (approx. 2 tbsp)
- 30 g Vegetable Glycerin, palm-free & organic (approx. 2 tbsp)
- 2.5 g tsp Castile Soap (approx. 1/2 tsp)
- 4 drops each Peppermint Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 2.5 g Leucidal Liquid (optional), a natural preservative derived from fermented radishes (approx. 1/2 tsp)
I would love to be able to offer this Activated Charcoal Mask for you in the Modern Hippie Shop, and trust me, I've tried - again and again and again. But quite simply, activated charcoal is a pain in the ass to produce and package in large quantities. Instead, I've created an incredible NEW Mask made with Canadian Glacial Clay and Jojoba beads which provide gentle exfoliation! Check it out HERE!