“You’re not selling me very well on this,” my husband said when I tried to explain this mask to get him to do it with me. He’s right, I wasn’t. He did it though, he’s so supportive.

But for real, I’m seriously obsessed with this peel-off mask! There’s something so satisfying about putting something on your face and then peeling it off and seeing all the gunk you pulled out. It’s like that feeling when the dishes are finally done or when you put fresh sheets on the bed or finally get around to vacuuming the carpet. Not to mention that your face also feels spectacular afterwards! It’s so smooth and fresh and happy feeling. It might be weird, but I love seeing how much stuff comes out of my pores. It feels like such an accomplishment. Like I’m getting things done. I know that all the other skincare I use is also great for my skin, but this has that instant gratification. And sometimes we just need to see those results right away.

Our faces take a real beating between all the makeup, sun exposure, and environmental nastiness. Peel-off masks are easy to make and leave your skin feeling super refreshed. This is like those pore strips you can get at the store, but so much better for your skin. This mask also uses completely natural ingredients. I’ve seen a few other DIY peel-off masks that call for Elmer’s glue. Gross! Please don’t put glue on your face. It’s full of all sorts of chemicals. Natural ingredients all the way. Even better, this mask has only three simple ingredients. How amazing is that? So let’s take a look at what we’re putting in it.

Aloe is incredibly nourishing for dry skin and is excellent when dealing with eczema. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals that help to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.

Gelatin is usually added to food and is great for your health. But it’s also great to use on your skin and hair and can help to strengthen and replenish them. It’s made from collagen, which is the protein in your skin, hair, bones, etc that holds them all together. Using gelatin on your face helps to tighten your skin and reduce pore size.

Charcoal is wonderful for removing toxins and other impurities in the skin. It binds to them, helping to pull them out and remove them. Charcoal also helps to absorb excess oil along with all the gunk that’s built up so it really helps to refresh your skin.

Now, the part that my husband was complaining I was doing a bad job at selling was the removing part. Yes, this mask can hurt coming off. It latches on to everything on your skin, even hair. So be careful not to put it on any hair that you’d like to keep in place, i.e. keep it away from your eyebrows and hairline. Guys, if you’re trying this, avoid the beard area. After doing this mask a few times I’ve decided to only put it on my chin, nose and forehead. I didn’t think I had a lot of peach fuzz on my cheeks, but apparently I’ve got enough (although maybe I don’t anymore?). It wasn’t easy getting it off my cheeks. I didn’t have a problem peeling it off my chin, nose and forehead area, which is where most of the blackheads are anyhow. If it’s too painful or you get it in your hair, you can easily wash it off with a warm wet washcloth. Did I do a bad job at explaining it again? I don’t want to scare you off, this mask is absolutely amazing and so satisfying!

Check out the results!

Peel-Off Charcoal Face Mask

  1. Wash your face with warm water to get rid of any oil or gunk that’s built up during the day and gently pat dry. The warm water also helps to open your pores up, making the mask more effective. Doing this right after a shower or bath is also a great option.
  2. I recommend using a small glass bowl since that will make clean-up easier. The mixture solidifies quickly, but I find that it’s easy to peel out of a glass bowl once it’s completely dried. It’s also water soluble so any remainder will easily clean up in the dishwasher or a short soak.
  3. Mix the gelatin and charcoal together. (If you’re using a capsule, carefully twist and pull to open it.)
  4. Add the aloe and stir well to combine and get rid of any lumps. It will be really thick.
  5. Microwave for about 10 seconds to dissolve the gelatin.
  6. Apply it as soon as it’s comfortable to touch since it will start to solidify quickly.
  7. Make sure that you don’t apply it anywhere that you aren’t ok parting with the hair that it touches. So don’t get too close to your eyebrows or hairline.
  8. Allow to dry – about 20-30 minutes. You’ll know when it’s dry because you won’t be able to move your face anymore. It dries pretty rock hard.
  9. Carefully peel off your face. It does hurt a bit coming off. If it hurts too much, you can always wash it off with warm water.
  10. Follow up with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
  11. Use this once a week to help combat those blackheads and keep your face nice and clean. (I don’t suggest using this more than once a week though.)


Hope Reynolds

I’m a tea obsessor, book addict, Sci-Fi junky, archer, traveler and wife to William, a guy who is incomprehensibly loving and patient. We live in our favorite city, San Francisco, where we want to stay forever. And, as you’ve already gathered, I’m also super into experimenting with healthy food and natural skincare.

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