I know I’m so “2000 & late” to the game of facemasks, but with the resurgence of activated charcoal, peel off masks, and charcoal in general, I wanted to see what the hype was all about. And of course, if it was worth the spend $$$.
Skincare as a knowledge topic is very much new to me – in certain ways. I’m a novice when it comes to creams, serums and general skincare products made in a factory. I know some are expensive, (like twice the cost of my monthly mortgage payment), and I know some are marketed to the masses.
H O W E V E R !
I also know, that both costs; low and high, are not the only thing to look for. As more often than not, they likely contain some form of paraben, petroleum, or other toxin or chemical which, if used long term, can actually cause damage to the skin as opposed to caring for it.
Therefore, cost alone, should not be the determining factor as to whether or not you should buy that cream that they’ve paid millions of dollars to that actor to endorse.
So maybe I’m not such a skincare novice, huh?!
And if you ask me my honest belief, I truly believe that good skin is a product of genetics, the foods (and drink) you put into your body, low levels of stress, and healthy environmental factors (exposure to sun, pollution, nature etc.).
When it comes to buying products though, Ingredients, health benefits, and whether or not it’s the right product for YOUR specific need, should be your three primary considerations.
So while I’m a novice to the game of mass produced, factory-made, chemical-lined products (mostly because I don’t care to keep up with them) the #begoodtoyourbody clean beauty is my playing field.
Truly clean beauty and 100% organic skincare is hard to come by (be wary of labels that are simply marked “organic”), but they do exist. And if you’re having serious trouble finding a legitimately clean skincare line, there are always natural sources that come from the earth. Coconut oil, brown sugar, avocado, pomegranate juice, cucumber wedges… all natural gifts from the earth.
As a general rule of thumb: whatever you put INTO your body, you should be able to put ONTO your body.
Charcoal is a natural substance, and definitely a gift from the earth.
Pure, unadulterated charcoal contains no toxins or chemicals. It CAN be ingested, and some recommend taking it to prevent bloating, gas, and as a remedy for candida – yeast in the digestive tract. I personally have not eaten charcoal before, but I have used it to brush my teeth, and as a face mask!
Worth noting, I realized the full list of ingredients of the “Dark Angels” Charcoal Mask by Lush Cosmetics after making this video and beginning to write this blog post. It contains three “safe synthetics” in the ingredients I originally believed were all natural. Synthetics bolded in the Ingredients below:
- Rhassoul Mud (Moroccan Lava Clay), Cold Pressed Organic Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal (Charcoal Powder), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sugar (Sucrose), Fragrance, *Linalool Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Rosewood oil (Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil), Iron Oxides. *Occurs naturally in essential oils.
Photo source: Lush Cosmetics
Some of the benefits of using activated charcoal in face mask form include:
- Purifying skin & complexion
- Cleaning deep within pores
- Helps balance oily skin
- Exfoliates the skin naturally
- Helps fight blackheads
This was my first time using charcoal as a face mask, and I have to say it DID help with all of the above. I’m someone who’s skin typically gets a little oily around the middle of the day or early afternoon. This charcoal mask definitely helped with that. It cleaned pretty deeply within my pores, and acted as a scrub to gently exfoliate.
The results of the mask get two thumbs up from me! The ingredients, however, will need a touch more research.
A skincare brand I’ve been using that I quite like is Goop, by Juice Beauty – full review for you here. And while I was shopping at Nordstrom recently, I was introduced to Tata Harper, an all natural skincare line free from chemicals, toxins, and GMOs. I’ve yet to try the samples I received, but..
Do any of you have a skincare line you swear by? Or are you all about the at home DIY masks?
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