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DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask Without Glue!

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask uses natural ingredients to gently detoxify skin, remove blackheads, shrink pores and leave behind radiant, glowing skin.


Remove pesky blackheads with this peel-off charcoal mask made with natural ingredients. | We Three Shanes

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask Without Glue

Has anyone noticed how big charcoal spa things are right now? Charcoal everything has been popping up in stores like crazy. I prefer to make my own beauty products at home so I’ve got a great DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask for you to try. 
This homemade mask uses non-toxic, easy to find ingredients. You won’t find Elmer’s glue in this recipe. Can you believe people put that on their face?
Using this mask will pull out all the gross junk clogging your pores and if you don’t do a bit of prep work (more on that in a bit) you’ll give yourself a wax as well. You’ll be left with soft, radiant skin.
But first, what’s with all the charcoal and why should we use it in this mask?

What are the Beauty Benefits of Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a natural ingredient that has many benefits. Charcoal is put through a a high heat steam process that gets rid of unstable compounds. This turns the charcoal into a super fine powder that is great at drawing out toxins and chemicals.
This ability to trap nasty crap is why activated charcoal has become such a huge deal in the beauty industry. Who doesn’t want to rid their bodies of impurities while enjoying a little me time?
Want more reasons to include activated charcoal in your beauty routine:
  • Not only does activated charcoal attract toxins it also attaches to dirt and oils. The impurities stick to the charcoal and get washed away when rinsed off.

  • Since blocked pores make them appear larger, using charcoal to clean them out will make pores look smaller.

  • Charcoal won’t absorb into skin so it won’t cause any added clogs.
  • Clearer pores will help prevent acne.

The one down side to using activated charcoal in beauty products is that it can be a bit messy. That’s another reason to try this DIY charcoal face mask. It doesn’t make a huge mess. You simply peel it off and throw it in the trash. Easy-peasy!

Glue-Free Peel-Off Charcoal Mask

Like I said before, this mask is super easy to make and only has a few ingredients.  What could be better?  Oh yeah, it took off tons of my facial hair as well and let’s be real, we could all use that.

If you don’t want to deal with all those fuzzies getting ripped out then use a Tinkle Eyebrow Shaper to get all the peach fuzz off your face before using the peel-off mask. 

This mask will remove lots of blackheads as well so be prepared to be a bit grossed out. You’ll need a good chunk of time to waste while waiting for this mask to dry before you can peel it off so keep that in mind before starting.

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask uses natural ingredients to gently detoxify skin, remove blackheads, shrink pores and leave behind radiant, glowing skin. | We Three Shanes

Ingredients Needed to Make DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

You might be able to find all ingredients at your local grocery store but I can’t guarantee it. I can find everything at our H-E-B here in Texas. Check the vitamin/medicine section and the beauty section. The activated charcoal might be in capsule form so you’d have to open up each capsule to pour out the charcoal.

You can always click the ingredient below to buy from Amazon. Some non-essential products are being shipped at a slower pace right now because of the pandemic. I’ve found that beauty products are still being shipped in a pretty reasonable time frame.

If you’ve don’t have these products at home then this might seem like a lot of money to spend on a face mask. A store bought charcoal peel-off mask can cost between $10-$20. If you buy the ingredients to make your own, you’ll be spending about the same price as a more expensive tube but you’ll be able to make 2-3 times more masks.

Read through the whole set of instructions and tips before trying this DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask for the first time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

You’ll also need a non-metal bowl and non-metal spoon. When metal interacts with the clay it becomes less effective. 

1. First, you are going to combine the water and gelatin together in a small bowl. 
2. Next, mix in the bentonite clay and activated charcoal.  Mix thoroughly. 
3. Apply a thick layer of mask to a clean, dry face. You don’t need anything special to apply the gelatin mask. Just use your fingers to massage it on.
4. Let the charcoal mask dry completely before peeling it off. It will take between 30-60 minutes to dry depending on how thick you put it on so read a book or pop something on Netflix. Or you can put the mask on and get some cleaning done. It’s up to you how to use this time.
Just so you know, the mask will tighten up as it dries. My husband kept making fun of me because my face got super tight and I couldn’t smile or laugh.
5. Once the mask is completely dry, start at the edges of your forehead and roll/peel off the mask.  Remember, this will remove baby hair and blackheads.  You can see all of the baby hairs and blackheads in the pic below.  
6. Enjoy healthy glowing skin!
You can follow your charcoal mask up with our Lemon & Lavender Astringent recipe. It will sooth the skin and help shrink those pores even more. A picture speaks way louder than words can. Check out all that junk (and hair) the mask pulled out!

Use this DIY Peel-Off Charcoal Mask to get all the gunk out of your pores and leave behind smaller pores and softer, glowing skin. | We Three Shanes

Tips for DIY Peel-Off Charcoal Mask Success

There are definitely a couple of things you can do to make this DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask a huge success!

  • My mask was very thick.  If yours is too thick or clumpy, you can microwave the mixture for about 8 seconds.  If you do this, PLEASE do not put it straight on your face because it will be hot.

  • If it’s too runny then let it sit for a bit or pop it in the fridge for 30 seconds or so. As the gelatin cools, it thickens up.

  • Make sure your hair is pulled out of your face.  This mask is very sticky and will pull your hair out.  Notice in my picture I do not have it too close to my eye brows.  I didn’t want to rip out any of those.  I did enough of that when I was a teenager and need all the eyebrows I can still grow.

  • Open pores up to help the charcoal really work. A clean face is important to start with but you can also do a quick facial steam or take a hot shower to help open pores even more.

  • Let the mask completely dry before peeling off. I realize that 30-60 minutes is a long time to wait but if you don’t let the mask completely dry it won’t work as well.

  • Make sure to use enough mask to create a thick layer. I didn’t quite get my mask thick enough and so it was really hard to pull off.  Mine kept crumbling off in sections. 

  • You don’t have to do your whole face every time. If you are short on time or don’t want to to worry about facial hair then you can apply the charcoal mask to just your nose and chin.

  • If you try this mask out and decide it’s too painful to rip those tiny hairs away then you can simply wash off the mask. You won’t get the satisfaction of seeing all the removed blackheads but the charcoal will still clean dirt and oils from the surface of your face.  Next time try using a Tinkle razor to remove facial hair first and then try again.

  • Your face will be red after taking off the charcoal mask. I recommend trying it before bed. Definitely not right before you need to go somewhere.

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask uses natural ingredients to gently detoxify skin, remove blackheads, shrink pores and leave behind radiant, glowing skin. | We Three Shanes

My face felt amazingly smooth and soft afterwards.  I sent the sisters a picture of my before and after and Kristy said it looked like I had just ran a marathon.  HaHa!  I definitely had a red glow. 

I can’t wait for y’all to try this mask!  

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask uses natural ingredients to gently detoxify skin, remove blackheads, shrink pores and leave behind radiant, glowing skin. | We Three Shanes

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    1. I don’t have an answer for that. You’ll have to do some of your own trial and error. Vitamin E is a natural preservative that we add to some of our homemade products but we’ve never tried it in this mask before.

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