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Ingredients unmasked: the skin-purifying benefits of activated charcoal face masks

12/02/2020 by Hannah

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Do you want to know more about the deep-cleansing benefits of using activated Charcoal face masks? Here we reveal what makes activated Charcoal skin care so detoxing and explain why we think activated Charcoal is the best ingredient for our Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask.

WHAT ARE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL FACE MASKS?

Face masks can brighten, tighten and purify the skin and the benefits that they deliver will be determined by their active ingredients. A face mask made with activated Charcoal is deep-cleansing and well tolerated by most skin types.

Activated Charcoal is used in face masks because it is an incredibly porous natural ingredient that is known to draw out impurities and balance the skin’s oil production.

Typically, an activated Charcoal mask will be a skin care product that is applied to the face and left on to deliver a detoxifying effect. An activated Charcoal face mask may feel slightly tight on the skin and, after 20 minutes of use, it should be removed with water.

3 SKIN BENEFITS OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL FACE MASKS

1: DEEP-CLEANSING

The easiest way to understand the benefits of using activated Charcoal skin care is to think of the ingredient as having magnet-like properties. Once applied to the skin, activated Charcoal attracts dirt and toxins and lures them away from the skin surface to deliver a deep-cleansing action.

2: PORE-PERFECTING

Damaged and enlarged pores can’t be shrunk but you can make them appear smaller! Activated Charcoal does this by drawing ingrained impurities out of the pores and onto the skin surface where they can be cleansed away.

3: SKIN-BALANCING

Activated Charcoal is the best ingredient for oily and spot-prone skin and helps to regulate the amount of bacteria-attracting sebum that the skin produces. By reducing excess sebum production and removing impurities, activated Charcoal helps to stop blocked pores - a common cause of spots.

IS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL SKIN CARE ECO-FRIENDLY?

The activated Charcoal used in Green People’s Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask is sustainably sourced and eco-friendly.

When sustainably-grown coconuts are used to make skin care and shampoos, Coconut husk is produced as a by-product but is not used. Rather than waste this valuable resource, these unused husks are transformed to create a purifying and eco-friendly form of activated Charcoal.

WHICH SKIN TYPES BENEFIT MOST FROM ACTIVATED CHARCOAL FACE MASKS?

The skin-balancing benefits of purifying activated Charcoal mean that the Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask is the perfect skin care product for those with oily skin or combination skin, as well as those affected by acne or large pores. However, those with dry skin can also benefit from using an activated Charcoal face mask.

WHY APPLY AN ACTIVATED FACE MASK TO COMBINATION SKIN?

Combination skin can be prone to an oily T-zone and applying a face mask to this area will help to balance the oil production in your skin so that the T-zone is less shiny and less prone to breakouts.

WHY APPLY AN ACTIVATED FACE MASK TO DRY SKIN?

Another skin type that can really benefit from applying our Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask is dry skin.

Dead, dull, flaky skin can sit on the skin surface and clog pores. In addition to regularly exfoliating the skin, applying a purifying face mask once a week can help dry skin to shed excess cells so that it feels softer and can better absorb hydrating skin care products.

HOW TO USE AN ACTIVATED CHARCOAL MASK

Drawing deep-engrained impurities from the skin isn’t instantaneous and for optimum results, we recommend leaving the Coconut Charcoal Purifying Face Mask on the skin for 15-20 minutes. This time period allows heat from the skin and the surrounding atmosphere to dry the mask. As it dries, it will pull the following impurities out of the pores and onto the skin surface:

  • Dead skin cells
  • Dirt
  • Toxins
  • Pollutants
  • Sebum
  • Sweat

After 20 minutes, the skin should be thoroughly cleansed to remove any excess mask product, and the impurities that the mask has drawn-out, from the skin.

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