You have probably noticed that charcoal masks are all the rage right now. Videos of girls peeling off their charcoal masks have gone viral on YouTube because what seemed like a beauty treat actually turned into a painful, never go there again experience for them. The black charcoal peel off pore masks are applied, you wait for them to set and then you literally peel it off, whilst it hangs on to those pesky blackheads and rips them out your skin too, leaving you with a silky smooth skin.
We have all gotten used to the idea that “beauty is pain” and therefore have no concerns with this simple beauty treatment. Yes it hurts, like hell, but so what, we wax and thread our hair off in super sensitive areas, our cuticles sometimes look worse for wear after manicure and our scalps have been stung during hair colour transformations. Even hair extensions can cause discomfort and then let’s not forget about when we have inject ourselves with botox and dermal fillers, so what’s a little more pain in the name of beauty?
Unfortunately I’ve discovered a lot of the charcoal masks on the market have glue inside them. You only have to watch the videos and you’ll notice how they do actually look like glue. They stick like glue too, so removing them is a slow and painful process because let’s face it, when you glue something together, you generally not intending to pull it apart again.
I have been researching this further and various aestheticians have expressed their concern for these masks, as they literally rip of the surface layer of the skin and quite likely the vellus hair too, so it’s obviously going to feel smooth afterwards. And so much for the blackheads it pulls out, the majority of the oils it removes are not even blackheads, they are sebaceaous fillaments which are actually needed by the skin and entirely different to blocked pores and blackheads.
But of course, I haven’t just written this to warn you about the painful peel masks, I’m here to help you with an alternative solution. Think bamboo, not glue.
Bamboo is one of the most amazing natural ingredients that has been used for centuries in hunting, building, reading and writing. In modern times it’s used in so much more. About 10 years ago I visited a company that was making active wear bamboo clothing because it is a soft, organic and breathable material with anti-bacterial and moisture absorbing properties. It’s eco-friendly too as bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and so much more sustainable and guilt-free to use. Nowadays it’s been added into our beauty regime too, more specifically in a charcoal mask!
So how do you put a tree into a mask and how does that even make it better than a peel off charcoal mask?
In a nutshell, the bamboo is harvested after 5 years and burnt in high temperature ovens and bamboo charcoal powder is produced. This bamboo charcoal powder, of course has excellent absorption properties (hence why it’s popular for active wear too), so it’s no surprise then that it helps to absorb minerals, toxins, and impurities from your skin too.
I was never inclined to try out the peel off charcoal mask, but this I could do. So I tested the Younique Royalty Detoxifying Mask and instantly fell in love with it. Instead of ‘setting’ on my skin, it instantly started to foam on my face. The mask reacts with the skins moisture (so it’s important you start with damp skin) and starts to bubble away on your skin, with nothing more than a fizzing, tingling sensation, but this sensation is actually oxygenating your skin. This means it is actually providing oxygen to your skin and helping it maintain a high level of oxygen even after it is rinsed off. Yes you read that right, you simply rinse it off with water after 5 minutes. Your skin is left feeling incredibly soft, thanks to the natural exfoliating properties in the mask and you can rest assured you have not damaged any layers of skin or pulled out natural oils that your skin needs. A stable derivative of vitamin A provides the benefits of retinol without the irritation so it leaves your skin looking pure and radiant.
Using a charcoal peel mask once is enough to cure you of this craze, but with the Royalty Detoxifying Mask you can actually use it 2-3 times a week. And it doesn’t stop there, I have even seen women applying this to the underarms – yes it’s a thing! Your deo’s and roll-ons contain loads of unnatural stuff, chemicals and additives that stop you from sweating, which could be disrupting your hormones and immune system. May as well use the Royalty Detoxifying Mask to draw out any toxins and impurities here too whilst you at it. Could even work for stinky feet.
So next time you want to indulge in a beauty treat, do just that. Don’t opt for the painful option, choose the bamboo charcoal mask that will instead nurture, protect and restore your skin.
You can shop directly here for the Royalty Detoxifying Mask to unmask the life and beauty of your skin.