The hype about activated carbon masks. Black peel-off masks can currently be seen everywhere. But what is the hype about the Black Masks?
Do the face masks really work as deeply as pores against impurities, as the manufacturers promise? In the following article, you will learn which ingredients are contained in the masks, how you can easily make the black mask yourself and which alternatives are available.
What ingredients does the Black Mask contain?
The black coloring of the masks comes from the activated carbon it contains. You will often see English labels such as “activated charcoal” or “charcoal powder” on the packaging. “Stiftung Warentest” advises checking the ingredients carefully because some products contain synthetic soot and no activated carbon. This only colors the mask black. These substances are also used, among other things, for the production of mascara. Depending on the manufacturer, other substances such as clay, salicylic acid, vitamins or alcohol are included. Marigold extract, oatmeal extract, and glycerin can also be found on some packaging information. Plant extracts such as marigold extract have an anti-inflammatory effect and soothe the skin. The activated carbon masks smell good with the addition of perfume or oils.
Simply remove sebum and dirt with the mask
The activated carbon masks are intended to refine the complexion, clean the pores and remove dead skin cells. After application, the pollutants are simply removed with the mask. Activated carbon has binding properties and a special surface structure. So dirt particles and sebum are attracted by the activated carbon in the mask because the carbon acts like a sponge. Pimples and blackheads should be removed effectively in this way. The fat content of the skin is reduced and the complexion becomes clearer and finer. According to the manufacturer, regular use ensures that the complexion is refined.
Product testers are critical of black masks
Because of the hype, the experts from the magazine “Ökotest” took a closer look at the Black Masks. Accordingly, there is no evidence of the adsorbing effect of activated carbon on the skin. In addition, according to testers, some products contain carcinogenic substances. In various of the activated carbon products tested, the experts detected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are considered to be potentially carcinogenic. According to the EU Cosmetics Regulation, these substances are even prohibited.
On the other hand, there are numerous positive reports from users who are very satisfied with the effect of the Black Mask. Many report smooth and soft skin after application and confirm that the complexion has been refined. If you want to know exactly, you should try the application yourself – but it is best to study the list of ingredients beforehand.
How to make your own activated carbon mask
To be on the safe side, the Black Mask can be made without any problems. This way you avoid harmful ingredients and know exactly which substances your skin comes into contact with. Some recipes recommend using a non-toxic glue in the manufacture. The thought of putting glue on your face doesn’t sound very tempting. There are also recipes that work without glue.
Make your own activated carbon mask
- 4 coal tablets
- 125 ml water
- 20 g wheat flour
First, crush the coal tablets into small pieces with a mortar. Now boil the water and mix it with the flour. A mushy mass forms, into which you now put the grated coal tablets. Mix everything well.
After cooling, spread the mass on the well-cleaned face with a brush. Avoid the area around the eyes and eyebrows. Let it dry for about 20 minutes and remove everything from your skin.
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The hype about activated carbon masks
Presumably, the self-made activated carbon mask cannot be removed as perfectly as the masks bought in stores. But you don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients. With lukewarm water and a washcloth, removal is easy.
If you choose a variant with glue, be sure to choose a product with natural ingredients. Adhesives that are intended for children are well suited.
Regardless of whether you use a mask from the trade or the DIY variant, you should not use the black mask too often. Most manufacturers advise using the masks up to three times a week. If you use extra strong masks, one application per week is sufficient. If you have very dry and sensitive skin, it is best not to use the beauty masks in order not to stain the skin.
Alternatives to activated carbon masks
An alternative to activated carbon masks are masks made from healing earth. Even in ancient times, people knew how to use the positive properties of healing earth. A soothing healing earth mask is particularly recommended for oily and blemished skin that tends to become inflamed. The earth, like the activated carbon, removes excess sebum and pollutants – the healing earth mask is just not as easy to remove as the black mask.
How to touch a healing earth mask
Mix healing earth and water in a ratio of 7: 3. The mixture is ideally so firm that it can be comfortably applied to the skin. Add a few drops of jojoba oil to prevent the skin from drying out. If you do not add oil, it is best to pamper your skin with a rich moisturizer after applying the mask. Leave the mask on for about half an hour after application and rinse everything off with lukewarm water.
Healing earth or activated carbon?
Whether you use healing earth or activated carbon depends on your personal preferences. Both ingredients ensure deep cleansing of the skin and refine the complexion with regular use. The positive effects of healing earth have long been known, while the hype about activated carbon in cosmetic products has only started in recent years.
The hype about activated carbon masks