Charcoal masks have become increasingly popular due to their ability to help remove stubborn blackheads and clear blocked pores, leaving the skin feeling purified and energised. Charcoal is present as an ingredient in two of our Que Bella products, a mud mask and a peel off mask. Below we detail the differences, along with how each benefit the skin.
Que Bella Charcoal Mud Mask
The key ingredients in this mask are Kaolin, Bentonite, Calloidal Oat Flour, Dead Sea Mud Powder, Peppermint Oil and Menthol Crystals, with the charcoal present being in the form of Binchotan White Charcoal Powder. Sourced from Japanese Ubame Oak, it has balancing, purifying, absorbent and mineralising properties. With numerous small pores – the charcoal powder can adsorb chemical substances such as impurities and oil on the skin and hair. It is known to capture moisture and an elicit a sense of wellbeing. This mask is better suited to oily skin due to the majority of the ingredients helping to remove oiliness and reduce shine, though the Calloidal Oat Flour does work as an excellent emollient to counter this. It is applied by spreading on the face, avoiding the eye area leaving on for 15 minutes and rinsing off.
The predominant material used in this mask is Ubame Oak (Quercus Phillyraeoides), a tree that possesses great strength and hardness. The wood is heated to above 1000 °C, and is then covered with a damp mixture of earth, sand and ash to cool it. The rapid rise in temperature, followed by a rapid cooling, incinerates the bark and leaves a smooth, hard surface. The surface of the resulting charcoal has a slight white hue, but the charcoal is otherwise black in colour. The mask is best for those with oily skin that is not sensitive, as it is applied by spreading on the face, leaving to set before carefully peeling off. The charcoal helps to deeply cleanse and detoxify whilst the peel off action allows you to see the impurities removed from your skin.
In answer to the above question, and considering the above mentioned points regarding our face masks available, we would advise that charcoal is an effective ingredient in clearing the skin, though it is best used on those with an oily complexion, as it may be drying or irritating to those with less-hydrated skin.