I’ve finally taken pics of my beauty room and makeup storage which I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow. Today I’m sharing a strange mask that you’ve already probably heard of or seen before. Now the ones on social media are both DIY and actual products you can purchase from various companies. The most well known being the Pilaten, Boscia and Leonie peel mask. Since we have limited access to those brands, I didn’t want to order from eBay at the risk of getting products that might contain unsavoury ingredients. I saw people whose skin had allergic reactions to a peel mask and I got scared.
I didn’t think I had a blackhead problem until last week. I went for skin consult at a salon and she told me I had blackheads and congestion around the perimeter of my face especially close to my sideburns. Now I can’t really see it myself so I searched watched a few Youtube videos with people that attempted to DIY the blackhead peel mask. I decided to give it a try since I had both ingredients on hand with me. It’s pretty simple so let me show you.
A small bowl
Activated Charcoal (powder or capsules)
I bought the activated charcoal from Dischem for around R20 for 100g tub. I bought it for another mask which I’ll chat more about later. The project glue (R40) was my son’s and since I saw it was non-toxic, I figured it would work. They mention Elmer’s craft glue in the videos which I assume is the same thing.
So I placed one heaped teaspoon of activated charcoal in the bowl.
Added 2 teaspoons of project glue.
Mixed it all up to form a paste.
I applied the peel mask to my face with a brush since I didn’t want my hands to get dirty. You can use a flat foundation brush if you’d like to do the same. It works for any masks.
I left it to dry for around 30 mins and then you peel it off.
OMFG! That was one of the most painful experiences ever. Sure I’ve endured period pains and childbirth but the brain doesn’t remember the intensity of the pain, just the experience. As I was peeling the mask off it felt like my skin was going to rip off with it. I laughed so hard at all those videos of the girls screaming when they pulled the mask off. Let me tell you, it’s no laughing matter when you’re pulling it off your own face. It was excruciating to say the least but I had to take it off. I tried washing it off with a sponge and it still tugged like crazy.
You know how in those videos you see the blackheads and gunk being pulled out from the people’s skin. It looks like worms and white flakes. Well I didn’t have any of that on my mask except for a few, ahem, a lot of hairs. I tried taking pics but it was just too tiny to see. Eventually I got all of it off and I noticed the pores on my nose did look much cleaner. Overall my entire face looked cleaner and much more red.
I think this mask might work for some people but for me it just did not. Forget about the fact that it’s painful, it’s not even good to be pulling your skin like that. All I imagine from continued use of such strong peeling masks is sagging skin and wrinkles. I have tried so many peel masks from brands such as Freeman and Clicks and it has never been painful. It’s not something I would try again and not something I would suggest.
If you want to deep clean your pores, rather try this DIY mask. Take one teaspoon of activated charcoal and one teaspoon of Bentonite clay (also available at Dischem for R36) and mix it with some water to form a paste. Leave it on for 20 minutes or until it is dry and wash off with warm water. I did this one as well and got the same results of the peel mask minus the pain and redness. Both the charcoal and bentonite absorb toxins and clear up clogged pores and it’s really affordable too.
This DIY mask thing is growing on me and as I’m writing this post I have another one on right now. It’s got some gram flour and tumeric along with some other ingredients but I’ll share that with you once I know how my skin fares over the next couple of days.
Do you DIY your own masks? Would you attempt the peel mask?
Thanks for reading!