DIY Charcoal Peel
Most days I look in the mirror and am rather unhappy with what I see. Dark skin around my eyes, bags that are unbelievable, the occasional pimple, and blackheads. Lots of blackheads. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to criticizing my skin, I always have been. But I’ve my skin is...complicated... lots of acne and big pores, it’s been a sensitive subject to me for as long as I can remember. I am probably the only one who notices, but still. Since I’ve started DIYing my own skin care products I’ve noticed a vast improvement, I rarely break out anymore (unless it’s that time of the month,) and my skin tone seems more even (still working on the dark circles.) But one thing I’m still working on is the blackheads, they are hard to get rid of! I started using the Charcoal Cleansing Bar from Beauty Counter and that helped quite a bit but after examining my skin recently I decided I needed to try and give it a little umph, something to really kick it in the butt. Which is why, on Sunday, you saw a lovely photo of me with a super attractive black charcoal peel all over my face on Instagram. A lot of you asked what I was using or asked me to share my thoughts on the peel with you, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
What is the peel? It’s designed to pull all the gunk out of your pores, better than a regular wash would. It’s super easy, like two ingredients easy. I used three activated charcoal pills, and some elmer's glue.
You’ll open the pills (carefully) and put the powder in a small bowl, then you’ll add the glue. I used about 2-3 tablespoons. You want to add enough to make a paste.
Once you’ve got that all mixed you’ll add an even layer to your skin.
WARNING - Make extra sure to keep this away from eyebrows, hairline, and where your eyelashes might hit. Not kidding it will rip your hair out.
Let dry for 15-30 minutes (depending on how thick you add it). You’ll start to feel your skin tighten and the mask will become a more opaque color instead of shiny.
Once it has thoroughly dried you’ll begin to peel it off gently. Start from your chin and work your way up. I moved slowly and made sure to keep my skin tight by holding it down with the other hand.
Once the peel is off I washed my face to get any remaining bits off, and I put moisturizer on. My skin looked brand new and felt a little raw but I think it got quite a few of the blackheads out, and I could see residue on the mask as I pulled it off!
Honest thoughts on this:
This worked really well on areas like my nose, upper lip, t-zone, and chin. Granted these are the places where I have the worst blackheads. But there wasn’t much result on my cheeks.
It hurts like hell. I don’t know what I was expecting but it shocked me. I honestly will probably never put it on my cheeks again because that is where it hurt the worst, and in retrospect I put it way too close to my under eyes. Maybe I have really hairy cheeks or something, but yeah… never on my cheeks again!
It definitely worked, but it is harsh on the skin. It takes off all the dead skin and removes black heads, but because it is harsh I would only do this once a month!
So overall I liked it, and I would recommend it, but keep my advice in mind. You know I do my best to be honest with you and I mean it when I give you tips like I did above! If you decide to make it I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings on it! So come back and let me know how it went for you