Charcoal face mask: effect, the principle of action, recipe

One of the most widely used ingredients in Korean cosmetics is charcoal! This popular component has long been known for its cleansing properties, it has long been used for cleansing, weight loss, treatment. As part of face masks, it helps to cleanse the skin, get rid of blackheads and normalize the function of the sebaceous glands.

How a mask with charcoal works

Porous in its structure, it is saturated with many useful trace elements:

  • calcium;
  • potassium;
  • sodium;
  • magnesium;
  • iron.

That is why charcoal has a general healthy effect on the body:

  • cleans pores;
  • removes blackheads;
  • regulates sebum production;
  • dries inflammation;
  • prevents irritation;
  • disinfects acne and pimples;
  • has an anti-ageing effect;
  • accelerates the recovery process in skin cells.

Does activated charcoal have contraindications to use

The component rarely causes allergic reactions. To protect yourself in advance, apply a small amount on the inside of the wrist. If after 5-10 minutes redness, burning and rash do not appear, the product can be safely applied to the face.

Do not use a charcoal mask if there are stitches on the skin after recent operations, scratches, inflamed abscesses, open wounds and bleeding.

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How to prepare it at home

Before you start preparing the mask, you should clean your face in a certain way – steam with a herbal bath. This will help open the pores. Next, prepare the mask. Mix charcoal and clean water, mix thoroughly to form a cream. Apply the mask on the face with your fingers or a special brush.

The mask should be removed with warm water. To enhance its effectiveness, use one of the nourishing creams that best suits your face after the procedure. It is best to perform this medical and cosmetic procedure in the evening, before bedtime.

The procedure should not last more than ten minutes, as charcoal penetrates quickly into the pores, giving the skin an unpleasant earthy hue. The course includes six masks (one per week). Then you should take a break for one month, after which the procedure can be continued.

Do not abuse the use of black masks unnecessarily.

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