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You may have come across a charcoal mask in the beauty aisle—and you’ve possibly even wondered what, if any, skin care benefits this type of face mask could have. Well, it turns out there are quite a few! If you’re curious about charcoal masks and what they can do for your skin, you’ve come to the right place. Here, learn about three reasons why you should use a charcoal mask, plus find out how to add one to your skin care routine
Charcoal masks have a variety of skin care benefits and are definitely worth adding to your skin care routine. Read below to learn about three charcoal mask skin care benefits.
Impurities like dirt, oil, and pollution can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking dull. A charcoal mask can help draw out this buildup for skin that looks clean and feels as though it can breathe better.
Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. Oftentimes, a facial cleanser isn’t enough to solve this problem. A charcoal mask can help reduce the appearance of dull skin and increase luminosity.
Last but not least, another skin care benefit of charcoal masks is that they can help promote the appearance of smoother skin. Ready to try a charcoal mask yourself? We’ve got one for you, coming right up.
Now that you know all about the skin care benefits of charcoal masks, it’s time to put one to good use! The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox and Brighten Face Mask is formulated with three types of clay and charcoal. Immediately after use, skin looks brighter with a glow, dirt, dust, and pollution are removed from skin, skin tone looks more even, and skin appears smoother. Use after use, skin is clean and skin feels as though it can breathe better.
Want to incorporate a charcoal mask into your daily skin care routine? Follow our step-by-step instructions, below, for using our charcoal mask. We promise it’s easy!
Before applying our charcoal mask, use a facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which is formulated to transform from a clay to a mousse consistency. Add water to turn the cleanser into a mousse, then gently massage it onto your skin before rinsing off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
After rinsing off your facial cleanser, apply an even layer of your charcoal mask to clean, dry skin. Make sure you avoid your eyes and mouth!
Leave the charcoal mask on for 10-15 minutes. You can use this time to sit back and relax!
Once 15 minutes has passed, rinse the charcoal mask off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Apply a lightweight facial moisturizer after removing your charcoal mask. For continuous hydration, try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin.
You can use our charcoal mask up to three times a week for best results. Your skin certainly deserves to be pampered that often, so be sure to keep up with regular masking!
As if you need more reason to add a charcoal mask to your routine, we’ve compiled a list of 15 times in your life when it’s most appropriate to indulge in using a charcoal mask.
Use a charcoal mask…when you’re breaking out. A charcoal mask will help absorb the excess oils and impurities from your skin, giving it the extra TLC required for combatting an unwanted breakout.
Use a charcoal mask…while you watch TV. Hello, multitasking! Whether you’re binge-watching your favorite show or watching something new, allow your face mask to do its job while you enjoy what’s on screen. Just make sure you set a timer so you can pause or use a commercial break to wash it off.
Use a charcoal mask…when the weather gets colder. As the seasons change, the temperature starts to cool down and the air gets drier. This can cause your skin to become dry and dull. Using a charcoal mask will help smooth and brighten your skin!
Use a charcoal mask…the night before a date. Of course, you’re going to want a clear, flawless complexion before a date with a special someone. Your skin will be as radiant as you after masking!
Use a charcoal mask…while doing laundry. Ok, so this isn’t quite as fun, but why not check something off your to-do list while pampering your skin? Your skin and your wardrobe will thank you.
Use a charcoal mask…when you want to take a skin care #selfie. While charcoal masks have plenty of skin care benefits, there’s no denying that they make for the perfect skin care selfie opportunity. We’ve all seen face mask selfies gracing our social media feeds, so why not join in on the fun? Go the extra mile and pop some cucumber slices on your eyes for the ultimate Instagram-worthy, skin-pampering photo-op.
Use a charcoal mask…when you’re sleep deprived. Pulled an all-nighter? Had a late night? Use a charcoal mask to brighten your skin and help fake a full night’s sleep.
Use a charcoal mask…during your next girls’ night in. Pampering yourself while hanging out with your crew? Sign us up! Head over to our article, 6 Beauty Tips for Your Next Girls' Night In, for more girls’ night in beauty ideas.
Use a charcoal mask…while you paint your toes. Overdue on a pedicure? Give your toes a fresh coat of nail polish.
Use a charcoal mask…while taking a bath. Throw in a bath bomb and light a scented candle and you’ll be showing yourself some serious self-love.
Use a charcoal mask…during your next self-care Sunday. Don’t forget to add a charcoal mask to your self-care routine in order to keep the Sunday scaries at bay.
Use a charcoal mask…after a long day. Whether you’ve been running around all day or had a killer commute after a tiring workday, take the extra time to relax and do something for yourself.
Use a charcoal mask…while baking cookies. Treat your skin and your taste buds! Picture this: the aroma of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies filling the house as your skin gets the TLC it needs. Honestly, what more could you want?
Use a charcoal mask…before you go to bed. There are few better feelings than hopping into bed with freshly cleansed skin after completing a perfectly executed nighttime skin care routine. Not only will you feel great going to bed, you’ll wake up with skin that feels great too!
Use a charcoal mask…while reading. Whether you’re engrossed in a novel, studying for class, or catching up on your favorite glossies, indulge your skin and mind at the same time.
Charcoal masks are only one type of face mask—there are plenty of others out there, too! In fact, you can even multi-mask—meaning you can apply different face masks to different areas of your face at the same time. Take multi-masking for a spin by using our charcoal mask with other clay masks that suit your skin’s individual needs. Pick two or three of the following face masks to use:
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask: This super-charged clay mask for clogged pores is formulated with eucalyptus to purify and mattify your skin in just 10 minutes. The mask addresses shiny, oily skin while providing a soothing and refreshing spa-like experience.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: This clay mask is enhanced with red algae extract to exfoliate and refine your skin in just 10 minutes. The unique formula provides a multi-sensorial, fragrant experience while potent pure clays and volcanic rock exfoliate dead skin and smooth surface imperfections. You’ll be left with a polished and smooth complexion with minimized pores.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: This clay mask is formulated with three pure clays: kaolin clay, montmorillonite clay, and Moroccan lava clay and enhanced with yuzu lemon extract to clarify and smooth skin. It addresses your skin concerns to leave you with smooth, even, and resurfaced skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask: This indulgent and transformative face mask clears and comforts skin in just 10 minutes. The powerful formula contains pure clays and seaweed to provide a luxurious experience while helping comfort stressed skin. The creamy mask gently yet effectively cleanses to leave skin clean, purified, and healthy-looking.
For more face mask fun, head on over to our article, 9 Face Mask Hacks That’ll Make Your Skin Care Routine More Fun.