What is Black Mask how to use it and how to choose it
The latest trend to fight blackheads comes directly from the Korean skincare , and in a short time has become a real craze for beauty additected. The black mask or black mask promises to purify the skin in depth and eliminate blackheads. It is in fact specific for those with impure and mixed skin .
What is black mask?
The black mask , as the name suggests, is a black mask composed mainly of charcoal with great antibacterial and antifungal properties. It therefore helps to purify the skin in depth without excessively attacking it.
Unlike the clay mask, which has the same astringent and purifying properties, the black mask gently purifies . After removing it, in fact, the feeling will be that of clean and soft skin.
How does the black mask work?
Does the black mask really work or is it just a gimmick to make the influencer selfie on Instagram more fun?
Although further scientific research is needed to demonstrate how active charcoal benefits the skin, it is proven that the use of the black mask, applied consistently, eliminates blackheads . Therefore, the black mask works, but as long as the entire skincare is modulated according to your skin needs. Above all, it is important that the right steps are followed before applying it.
How to apply the black mask pell off:
tie your hair and use a headband . It may seem obvious, but if some hair adheres to the mask, removing it may be very annoying.
Clean and exfoliate the skin before applying the mask : use a mild detergent to wash the face. Apply an exfoliant and rinse it: this step is essential to open the pores and prepare them for the application of the mask against blackheads.
Apply the mask: use a brush and distribute the black mask over the entire face or if you prefer only over the T area ,
depending on your needs. Don’t skimp, but apply it in generous quantities: it will be easier to remove. Always remember not to apply the mask in delicate areas of the face, such as around the eyes and lips.
Rinse and moisturize the skin: once the laying time is over, the mask will solidify and be easy to remove from the skin. Gently remove the carbon mask starting from the lower part of the face: if you have followed all the steps it will come off easily. Now rinse your face, remove the last remaining pieces of mask and moisturize the skin.
How to do the black mask at home
If you want to try your hand at a homemade version as for the recipes in the kitchen, to be sure of its success it is important to experiment. Surely, the basic ingredients you will need are:
vegetable milk and a gelling agent which can be gelatin, isinglass or the most natural agar agar.
Here is the recipe for homemade black mask
25 g of milk (about 3 tablespoons) (you can choose vegetable or cow)
loose charcoal powder (if the loose coal powder is not available, 4 charcoal tablets that are in herbal medicine will be fine and will be crushed and reduced to powder.)
3 sheets of gelatin for cakes (or 3 tablespoons of agar agar)
Soften the gelatine in water, then add it to the boiling milk and the charcoal powder.
Mix everything and wait for it to cool: it must be warm. If you choose to use agar agar, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients and create a smooth batter to apply to your face. We strongly advise you not to add glue to the mask, as some online recipes indicate. You would unnecessarily stress your skin, creating more problems than benefits.
How to choose the black mask
On the market you can find many variations of the black mask : peel off, in fabric or cream. The choice depends on various factors: the black mask, in fact, although delicate, could be aggressive for very delicate and reactive skin.
The peel off version is the most famous and fun to make: when you remove it, in fact, you will be able to see with your own eyes all the black points that have been eliminated and remained attached to the mask. The masks in fabric based on charcoal, on the other hand, have a reduced effectiveness , do not materially remove the blackheads, but the serum they contain acts purifying the skin and making it opaque: it could be the right option if you do not have many impurities.
If, on the other hand, you want a less strong version, we advise you to follow these steps when choosing:
look for carbon masks that contain, in addition to activated carbon, also soothing agents (such as aloe vera or honey) and essential oils that can calm the skin.
Prefer a certified biological black mask. You will have the assurance that the ingredients used are of quality and that above all the glue is not present inside them, used in low quality masks to simulate the peel off effect.