Charcoal Masks: Just a Trend?

Charcoal Masks: Just a Trend?

Trends come and go, whether it's a clothing style, internet fad, television show, or beauty product. But, some trends stick around due to their popularity and proven success. Across the beauty and skin care community, charcoal masks have been the popular topic, as just about everyone with an interest in skin care has tried some form of charcoal mask over the past few months to a year. More importantly, peel-off charcoal masks have been the hottest topic, with many internet beauty gurus sharing videos of the masks with their followers. Some have expressed how much they love the way the mask worked on their skin, while others are still skeptical about the mask's effects.

Because of how popular they've been lately, many are wondering if charcoal masks are just a passing trend that will fade away within the year when something new takes the beauty and skin care community by storm. Or, have charcoal masks stepped into the spotlight because they have been shown to be effective treatments for a variety of skin conditions and concerns? We'll take a look at how charcoal can help your skin, the two main types of charcoal masks on the market, and how Calysta Labs is jumping in on the action.

Why Charcoal?

When charcoal comes to mind, you may not immediately think of applying it all over your face to help your skin, but charcoal is beneficial for quite a few reasons. First, it works well for sensitive skin because it does not contain added chemicals that might irritate it. It has been shown to clear acne, especially blackheads, by getting down into pores and drawing out any dirt and toxins. It gently exfoliates, leaving your skin smooth and feeling refreshed. Charcoal has also been shown to ward off signs of aging like wrinkles. Not to mention, it looks and feels pretty interesting on the skin!

Peel-Off Charcoal Masks

The real reason for the charcoal mask boom over the past few months may be the drama associated with the peel-off version. These masks are applied to the face, dry and form a hard film on the skin, then are slowly peeled off. The idea is that users can physically pull out any dirt or impurities from their pores. But these peel-off masks pose some problems. While you may be pulling out any dirt or bacteria from your pores, you are also disrupting the top layer of your skin and may be damaging the hair follicles of your face. Removing the mask this way can leave your skin feeling baby smooth to the touch, but your skin may also be left inflamed, dehydrated, and unusually red. This layer of your skin is needed to protect yourself from environmental factors, most importantly, the sun's powerful and harmful UV rays.

Beauty gurus all over YouTube and other parts of the internet have been trying these charcoal masks to see how they work and if they're as painful as everyone suggests. Because people are watching these video stars, they're curious and buy their own peel-off masks to try for themselves, thus encouraging the peel-off charcoal mask trend.

Wash-Off Charcoal Masks

Does the idea of peeling a charcoal mask off your skin scare you? Don't worry. Peel-off masks aren't the only products on the market. Wash-off charcoal masks are a safer, and more effective alternative to the painful peel-off masks that have been shared over the internet. Wash-off masks deliver the same beneficial effects as the peel-off varieties without the downside. Wash-off charcoal masks are equally able to sink into pores to draw out impurities, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging, gently exfoliate your skin, and leave the skin feeling smooth after it is washed off. Once the mask sits for 10-20 minutes, it hardens, then is ready to be gently washed away.

Calysta Labs Clarifying Charcoal Mask

While the peel-off mask craze has been a trend, we hope more people will catch on to the fact that these masks can be damaging. Charcoal is a great skin care ingredient, and when used properly, it can work wonders, so we're hoping it's here to stay. If you're looking for a charcoal mask that will draw out impurities, moisturize, and leave your skin feeling softer, firmer, and more radiant, look no further. Filled with natural ingredients that can benefit your skin, the Calysta Labs Clarifying Charcoal Mask can reduce the effects of aging, sun damage, acne, and more. Best of all, this one is a wash-off mask, so your skin won't be left with any damage or pain from peeling your skin along with the mask! Try it out for yourself here and let us know what you think!