So recently i've been watching and reading up on DIY everything. Except house decor, I'm just not that talented in that area, and it doesn't intrigue me. I'm more into things that are fun almost like a science experiment, pretty to make, or cool to eat. Anyway, I ran across an awesome Youtuber Nicole Skyes who does a lot of DIY videos, and tests out a lot of beauty hacks. I'll leave a link to her channel here.
So I ran across her video about a DIY Charcoal mask/pore strip with just 2 ingredients which was activated charcoal and Elmer's glue (liquid). I thought I'd try it. I'm not particularly sensitive to much. Plus I really like my black charcoal mask from Boscia that's also a peel off. I done some research though because I don't want to tell you to go putting glue on your face especially if you're sensitive because it's not intended for the face obviously. So it could cause an allergic reaction possibly if you have very sensitive skin or it may not be super healthy for your skin and damage it buy pulling off the glue. So take that into account. However, how many of you grew up putting glue on and then peeling it off or knows someone who did. I have a friend that does it all the time.
Charcoal has a great detoxing effect. It's many uses include poison control, detoxes the body if ingested in water, purifies the skin, it's basically a major vacuum for pores by deep cleansing them. Pretty cool. You can buy activated charcoal in capsule form in the vitamins section or you can buy loose powder in jars which was what I chose. I ordered mine online though cause no where around me is gonna carry loose activated powdered charcoal.
So here's how I done it. I have a lot of clear plastic cups with lids at my house that way I could save it. Basically I just eye balled it. I would use more glue than charcoal so that you get the consistency that's easy to spread but is thick enough to go on opaque like a peel off mask would be and I like to mix it until it's shiny. I just applied it on my nose to really see how easy it was to peel off. I let it set till the shine had turned matte black and didn't transfer when touched. It didn't take much. It worked really well, I'll leave a link to a short video of how I done it here, from my Instragram. I will say, only make enough for the one mask or strip, it won't stay good like a store bought one.
If you want a real brand name charcoal mask then go for the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, it's the best in my opinion. It offers pore strips as well but I believe B'iore at the drug store sells them as well. In my opinion though I think adding Charcoal to other things to make a mask would probably be a cool project like many other DIY masks that use food, or oils, or even making a scrub out of it with sea salt, coffee grains, or sugar might be a neat thing to try. I've not put any of those thoughts to a test though so I can't really recommend trying it, it's just a thought.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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