Your charcoal mask did what?!

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Let’s talk about Charcoal Peel-Off Mask kits. Most people have seen those popular black face masks that are all over Facebook and Instagram by now. I’ve even seen some of you using them! If you’re not familiar, here’s a ridiculous video of a woman putting herself through agony ripping one off to get you acquainted. Don’t blame me if you go down the rabbit hole and watch ten of these videos, they are hilarious!

Now that we’ve all had a good laugh, it’s time for some real talk.

Beauty is pain, right? Nonsense!

Taking care of your skin shouldn’t make you cry. Those facial masks are basically a Biore strip for your entire face. And some are even formulated with glue. GLUE! While yes, they do pull some debris out of your pores; the majority of what they are removing from your skin is natural sebaceous filaments, which don’t do any harm and are replaced in 30 days.

Of course your skin feels baby soft after you use one of these masks. You’ve just ripped off the top layer of your skin along with all of your vellus hair! In other words, you’ve just removed your skin’s natural defense system and have left exposed it to the elements. Your skin’s barrier is essential, and these masks completely strip your skin.

I understand the satisfaction of seeing all the gunk you can remove from your pores. That’s part of why I love being an esthetician! With that being said, I am a licensed esthetician, and I’ve been trained to remove all of that gunk properly.

But don’t fret, glowing skin junkies! There is a better option for your skin.

See a licensed esthetician regularly for facials. During a facial your skin will be cleansed, exfoliated, cleansed of all debris, and hydrated to reveal healthy, glowing skin. If you can’t afford to get a professional treatment at least get yourself a professional mask. I suggest PCA Skin’s Purifying Mask. It’s an at-home, clay-based treatment mask that exfoliates, detoxifies, and removes impurities, leaving skin smooth, clear, and bright. It is gentle on the skin, and you remove it with a cloth to avoid causing any damage to the skin.

These masks are ultimately doing more harm than good to your skin and just aren’t worth it. Trust the experts, beautiful people!

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