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The charcoal face mask is making its rounds through social media. It is growing in popularity as the new, go-to solution for all your skin woes. This mask is applied by our medical esthetician to your face carefully then peeled off for 100% smoother, more radiant skin. Here is some more information…start with us and we will guide you on how to continue the benefits at home!
5 SKINCARE BENEFITS OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
(reprinted from a publication from May 10, 2017)
Everyone wants a fresh, glowing complexion. Who wouldn’t? Impurities, dirt, and air pollution can all take a toll on skin daily, making it appear dull and irritated. That’s where activated charcoal comes in. This all natural wonder, which is free of any chemicals, can help draw out impurities in your skin, creating beautiful results, including a fresher, healthier appearance and a radiant glow. The great news is, there are lots of easy DIY ways to incorporate activated charcoal into your skincare regimen. Activated charcoal is sold as a powder, often in capsule form. You can find it in many health food stores, some drug stores, and online. Porous and highly absorbent. this pitch-black powder has been used for many years by those hoping to reap its benefits. (And let’s be clear: This is absolutely not the same charcoal product you use for outdoor grilling!) Here are the FIVE beauty benefits of activated charcoal for your skin:
1. Deep Cleaning
Because activated charcoal has no chemicals added to it, it can often be used on the most sensitive of skin. Consider incorporating the fine charcoal powder with your favorite gentle cleanser a couple of times each week – the charcoal gives your cleanser a “boost” by attracting dirt and other substances to the skin’s surface and sweeping them away. Note: For those with dry skin, activated charcoal may be a bit too drying. If you have combination skin, or an oily “T-zone,” use the charcoal powder/cleanser mix only on those areas. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, and follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
2. Purified Complexion
Activated charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. (ref #1) Make it into a mask to help to flush out all the impurities. Here is a DIY mask idea that you can try at home. Carefully empty two capsules of activated charcoal (approximately ¼ tsp) into a small bowl. Add 1 tsp of rose water, and 2 tsp of water and mix to form a paste. Add more water if necessary. Apply the paste to your face, making sure to coat any problem areas completely. Avoid the eye and lip areas. Leave the mask on for approximately 15 minutes, or until completely dry. Rinse the mask off thoroughly, following with a cool rinse to “close” pores. This mask can help draw out all types of toxins and dirt, leaving behind smooth, glowing skin that feels extra clean. Note: You can add 1 to 1 ½ tsp of bentonite clay to the mask mixture for extra absorption. If you have sensitive skin, however, the basic mask recipe should suffice.
3. Blackhead Fighting Charcoal Mask Recipe
If you struggle with seemingly impossible-to-remove blackheads, activated charcoal may be exactly what’s needed. In this case, activated charcoal powder can be used as an effective spot treatment on the most stubborn areas. Try this recipe to banish blackheads: Mix a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder with water to form a paste, and add a small squeeze of honey. Leave on trouble areas for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry. Afterwards, your skin should feel smooth and your pores should be visibly refined. Note: Some people may notice the charcoal lingers in the pores as black dots – this can easily be removed by gently rubbing the area with a warm wash cloth.
4. Balances Oily Skin
When the carbon in activated charcoal comes into contact with impurities, it soaks up the sheen on your face. If you struggle with oily skin, activated charcoal may help to balance things out. Try using a facial mask or wash with charcoal to draw out toxins and eliminate excess sebum from your complexion. Don’t overdo it, though: once or twice a week is plenty, to avoid drying out the skin too much. Here is an easy DIY face mask recipe specifically designed for oily skin (ref #2):
Mix together 2 capsules of activated charcoal, ½ teaspoon bentonite clay, ¼ teaspoon coconut oil, ¼ teaspoon avocado oil, and a teaspoon of water.
A.Mix together all ingredients with a wooden or plastic spoon.
B.Use a cosmetic or other brush to apply the mixture to your face. Be careful to avoid your eyes and mouth.
C.Let the mask sit on your face until it dries, then remove it with a warm washcloth, rinse your face with cool water, and pat dry. Note: Always perform a patch test before using a new product to test for sensitivities.
5. Gently Exfoliates
Use activated charcoal to make your skin glow via exfoliation. Its texture makes for a gentle, natural exfoliator. It helps to remove bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells from the face, while its antimicrobial properties may help to prevent skin infections. Make your own all-natural exfoliator by combining one capsule of activated charcoal with 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of olive oil. Carefully stir the mixture and apply to the face. The activated charcoal is a very gentle exfoliator, but still, go slowly, making circular motions with your fingers. Avoid getting the mixture in your eyes. Exfoliate for approximately one to two minutes, then rinse, pat dry and follow up with your favorite light moisturizer (the olive oil in the scrub will provide some natural moisturizing properties).
Feel the Glow
If you’re eager to give activated charcoal a try in your own personal skin care regimen, you can do so easily by making your own deep cleaning wash, and creating masks to draw out and whisk away impurities. If you have blackheads, you know they’re stubborn – but activated charcoal is a powerful blackhead-fighting ingredient. For extra glow, try a DIY exfoliator every so often. Since it is completely natural, you will find it works well on even the most sensitive skin.
1.“Treatment Of Oil–Water Emulsions By Adsorption Onto Activated Carbon, Bentonite And Deposited Carbon”. Sciencedirect.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 May 2017.
2. “Activated Charcoal Face Mask”. Culturesforhealth.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 May 2017.
Cleanse Pores, Absorb Oil, Exfoliate, Remove Blackheads & Dirt, Leave your skin cleaner, healthier and smoother
WE HAVE OTHER FACIALS AND PEELS AT NEWPORT AESTHETICS TOO!
Around here, summer comes and goes – we often get bursts of Santa Ana winds during the fall and winter months that simulate summer – and unexpected trips to the beach! All benefits of living in Southern California, but the sun does damage…
After harsh sun exposure, a FACIAL or CHEMICAL peel is ideal to erase those signs of summer sun damage. A CHARCOAL MASK if a type of FACIAL!
Chemical peeling involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove its outer layers. How much skin they remove and how deep they penetrate will depend on the type of peel used, its strength and how long it is left on.
There are three types of peels: superficial, medium and deep.
WHY ARE FACIALS IMPORTANT?
You exercise often, you eat right and you get frequent haircuts, so why wouldn’t you get a facial? As with most other beauty and health matters, facials help prevent and treat common problems. Facials are important because they keep on top of things that happen seasonally. Take the fall season, for example. When you turn the heat on for the first time in October, you might notice a change in your skin. Inside heat can dehydrate skin and facials can drastically correct a lack of moisture. And every April when the weather warms up a bit, skin can get oilier and create breakouts. Facials can help with these and many other skin ailments.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
So what can you expect from facials? Our licensed esthetician credits facials with smoother texture, proper hydration, a glowing complexion, fewer breakouts and firmer skin. Regular facials do work. The proof? We have mother daughters and sisters as simultaneous clients. One came for facials regularly, the other only occasionally. When the less vigilant one noticed that the other had started to look younger, she quickly changed her tune.
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL AND WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
Chemical peels eliminate the dead outer layer of cells from the skin surface. The stimulate the production of new, more vibrant skin.
During the procedure there will be a burning/stinging sensation. For one to three days after the peel some patients experience redness, itching, tightness, and minor swelling, and many patients report that the outer layer of skin may exhibit peeling. Rarely, especially when patients have unprotected sun exposure in the 4 weeks preceding or following a peel, the skin may darken or lighten after treatment. Scarring, allergic reactions, worsening of acne, or infection after superficial peels are also rare complications.
HOW A PUMPKIN PEEL HELPS CLEAR UP ACNE
If you have acne, a pumpkin peel is a great way to stimulate circulation and promote healing without the use of chemicals, which can irritate sensitive skin. The key ingredients in a pumpkin peel are formulated to penetrate deep into your pores to remove debris and dissolve dead skin cells, all while strengthening collagen beneath the skin’s surface and calming any existing flare-ups.
FIGHT THE SIGNS OF AGING WITH A PUMPKIN PEEL
Ever wish you could turn back time to reveal a smoother, more youthful complexion? A pumpkin peel can help you do just that. When applied to the skin, the alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids immediately get to work exfoliating dead cells and promoting the cell renewal process, which helps younger cells come to the surface. The result is a smoother, more taut complexion that shaves years off your appearance.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A PUMPKIN PEEL TREATMENT?
When you arrive at Newport Aesthetics, our professional staff will first take the time to make sure you are comfortable and that all of your questions have been answered. Prior to treatment, we will clean your skin to remove any oil, makeup or dirt. Next, we will prime your skin with an acidic base to aid in exfoliation. Then, the pumpkin peel will be applied to your face.
The pumpkin peel will feel warm for a few minutes, and then change to a pleasant, tightening feeling. Because a pumpkin peel IS NOT as intense as many other peels, there is no downtime following treatment, and you will see immediate results. Be sure to moisturize following a pumpkin peel to nourish the new layer of skin that has come to the surface.
Radiant skin begins at Newport Aesthetics.
You already eat (and drink) pumpkin for its numerous health benefits. Why not incorporate it into your skincare regimen, too? At Newport Aesthetics, our pumpkin peel treatment uses natural enzymes to exfoliate and infuse your complexion with vitamins and nutrients. In just one treatment, you will see just how effective pumpkin is at resurfacing the skin to fight the signs of acne and aging.
Are you ready to harness the healing powers of pumpkin to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion? Contact us today at
How many treatments will I need?
Most often a series of 3-5 peels (spaced 4 weeks apart) will lead to significant improvement.
The beneficial effects of peels can be maintained with:
- Consistent sun protection
- Appropriate use of topical products that may be recommended by your doctor
- Periodic maintenance peels to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy
As an alternative to chemical peels, we offer the HydraFacial MD treatment. This celebrity favorite is an amazing multi-step treatment to get your skin reset and headed for clearer, tighter and brighter days.
It is best to schedule a consultation at Newport Aesthetics to best tailor a regimen to address your specific issues.
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