Charcoal Masks


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!


(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”. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 May 2017.

2. “Activated Charcoal Face Mask”. N.p., 2017. Web. 4 May 2017.

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.

Penetration of each chemical peel into the skin.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 949-660-9972 or to schedule a consultation.

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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Why You Will Love the Benefits of Facials

No matter your age or gender, your body’s largest organ is your skin. If you want your skin (especially on the face) to look its best and stay healthy, you need to take care of it. Healthy, good looking skin begins with skin care.

Facials are an essential ingredient of your overall skin care program and you will love the benefits of facials.

What is a facial?

A facial is a spa therapy and massage that leaves your skin cleaner, softer, younger, and truly transformed. Facials can help clear clogged pores, quench parched skin and remove dead cells. Facials involve some massage which aids in blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The facial massage also helps to relax facial muscles which can slow the onset of wrinkles on the face. Puffiness reduction, sagging in the face and skin cell renewal are additional benefits from these massage techniques.

What are some benefits of a facial?

Facials help reduce the impact of sun exposure, smoking and other environmental factors as well as incorrect product use. Women are more susceptible to aging due to stress. Facials help reduce stress. While stress is quickly rising to number in the premature aging process, it can also act as a rosacea trigger, shorten the life span of your skin cells, aggravate acne and other skin inflammations. During your facial, your licensed aesthestician will recommend appropriate skin care for home use to help you continue the benefits of our facial and correct ongoing skin care issues. A transforming experience, getting a facial is an absolutely enjoyable skin treatment. You will feel relaxed, pampered and your skin will feel simply amazing after your facial. You will certainly reap the benefits of a facial during the change of seasons. At a minimum, you should receive a facial treatment four times per year, as the seasons change. Regular facials are the key to clear, smooth and radiant skin throughout the year.

Should I consider a chemical peel? Clients interested in a safe and effective method of revitalizing skin and improving acne, rosacea, photoaging, and/or melasma (or other dyspigmentation) may benefit from a series of facial peels. It must be emphasized that superficial peels most often improve but do not “cure” the above problems. Results are variable from patient to patient, but some benefits you may observe are: Healthier and more youthful appearing skin (enhanced natural glow) More even skin tone (lessening of hyperpigmentation) Improvement of oily or acne-prone skin (reduced appearance of blemishes A chemical peel for acne scars can result in a smoother appearance with less hyperpigmentation Potentially subtle improvement in fine lines and superficial scars Enlarged pores may appear smaller. I have acne, should I consider a chemical peel? A chemical peel for acne scars will be most effective in improving the color (lessening hyperpigmentation) of your skin rather than correcting the textural abnormalities, which may be only subtly improve. Do not expect a chemical peel for acne scars to result in removal of pockmarks (pitted scars). To maximize results for patients with both pockmarks (pitted scars) and acne hyper pigmentation, we suggest combining chemical peels with laser treatment non-ablative laser treatments. Many clients alternate sessions between laser treatments and chemical peels for acne scars. I just got a tan two weeks ago. Can I get a chemical peel today? You should not. Unprotected sun exposure in the 4 weeks preceding peels significantly increases the risk of pigmentary side effects (formation of light or dark spots). Likewise, unprotected sun exposure during the month after a peel can have the same consequences as well as reversing the beneficial effects of the peel. I am still scared, does it hurt? First, your face will be washed and degreased. Next, the peel solution is applied to your skin. In about one minute, you will experience a stinging sensation. Depending on your response and discomfort level, another peel layer may be applied. After a few minutes, depending on the type of superficial peel, it will either self- neutralize (salicylic acid or Vitalize) or your doctor will neutralize the peel with a spray (glycolic). The Vitalize peel has an additional step where retinoic acid is applied. After neutralization, sunscreen will be applied to protect your skin. What will my skin look and feel like after the peel? Sometimes there is mild exfoliation (light scaling of outermost layer of skin) one to three days after a peel. Even if this does not occur, the peel is still working as intended to renew and revitalize the skin. Your face may temporarily appear a bit rosy, and this will normalize over the next seven days. You may experience slight stinging, burning, tightness, and/or itching. Frequent moisturization will help to speed up healing process.

Post-Facial Care: How to Get the Most from Your Facial

Facials are an amazing way to help promote skin’s cell turnover and give yourself a refreshed, rejuvenated look. By using cleansers, steam treatments and appropriate medical grade skin care products, your face can look as good as it feels. What most patients do not realize however is what steps to take after a facial to maximize the benefits.

Most of what is recommended post-facial deals with avoiding routines. Washing your face, and using makeup are fine when it is a regular day, but after a facial – keep it simple! The first 24-48 hours post-facial are the most essential to guaranteeing your skin has time to completely refresh itself and to breath.

Follow these tips to get the most of your facial:

Avoid Applying Heavy Makeup

Avoid applying makeup right after-and up to 4 hours -after your facial. Pores are open, and applying makeup can clog them which might lead to further breakouts. Skipping or using minimal application post-facial will further enhance your glow!

Avoid Over Cleansing and Exfoliants

After your facial your skin is clean, refreshed, and radiant. You can make it last longer post treatment by avoiding over cleansing, using harsh toners, or heavy creams. Instead, use a soap free cleanser, and a light to mid weight moisturizer. There are certain ingredients in products that should be avoided for at least 24 hours such as BHA/AHA, or Retin-A. These ingredients may cause irritation and redness.

Avoid UV Exposure

Most facials include an exfoliant or light peel to activate new skin cells which aids the treatment in giving you a fresh look. For this reason, it is very important to protect your face, and other areas by avoiding or limiting sun exposure and selecting the right sunscreen. Titanium oxide and zinc oxide are ideal ingredients in products for your skin. They work by physically blocking the UV light from being absorbed into your epidermis. Choose a minimum of SPF 30, and reapply every 80 minutes if you are outdoors.

Avoid Steam, Sauna, or Gym

During your facial steam, exfoliants, and medical grade skin care products are used. Exposing your freshly treating skin to excessive heat in a shower/sauna or working up a sweat can cause irritation, redness and breakouts. Make your pretty glow last- enjoy a cup of green tea instead!

Avoid Picking

Sometimes breakouts can appear right after your treatment. While a facial can rid your skin of congestion, often times dirt and oil are too deep under the skin to extract. When this happens, do not give into the temptation to pick, or squeeze them yourself. Picking can cause more breakouts and lead to scarring. Wait until the congestion rises to the surface and treat by visiting your medical aesthetician for extractions or products. Following these tips will help you enhance the results you received from your facial. Remember – healthy skin is beautiful skin, and beautiful skin starts here!

Post Chemical Peel Care:

Treatment: AM: Gently cleanse your face with hydrating face wash (e.g. Jan Marini Bioglycolic Cleanser) and then apply a moisturizing sunscreen (e.g. Jan Marini Marini Physical SPF 45). Do not scrub or use a washcloth if skin is peeling. Avoid direct sunlight for at least one week. Reapply sunscreen in the middle of the day. PM: Gently cleanse your face with hydrating face wash and then apply a moisturizing lotion. Do not scrub or use a washcloth if skin is peeling. A non-comedogenic moisturizer (e.g. Jan Marini Face Transformation Cream / PCA Skin Rebalance) may be used as often as needed to relieve any dryness and control peeling. If you are being prescribed a topical retinoid (retinol, tretinoin, Renova, Differin) cream, you may start or restart this medication 4-5 days after the peel (start every other day and increase to daily as tolerated) DO NOT PICK, PEEL, SCRAPE, OR SCRATCH FLAKY SKIN. THIS CAN LEAD TO DARK OR LIGHT SPOTS! Wait at least one week after treatment to have any facial treatments.

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