Clay vs Charcoal Mask
What’s the difference… IS there a difference?
Although they mean seem very similar in consistency, texture and color.. They actually vary in a lot of different ways.
Let’s start with clay masks!
Clay facial masks have been on the market historically a lot longer than charcoal masks. Bentonite clay’s ultimate purpose is to remove toxins and excess oil on the skin!
There are 3 commonly found ingredients found in most charcoal masks.
- Retinol used to get rid of dead skin cells and dirt clogging pores
- Salicylic acid is actively used to deep clean pores and remove excess dirt
- Hyaluronic acid helps moisturizers the skin post mask removal to prevent dryness of the skin
All 3 of these active ingredients work in cohesion together with the clay to detoxify skin and smooth the overall complexion of the skin.
Charcoal masks are similar but work on the skin in different ways.
There are many types of charcoal masks — wash off, peel off (removers), and gel masks. The scientific basis for the use of charcoal as a detoxifier is that activated charcoal works to bind with and remove things from your skin.
Charcoal masks are best for treating target areas and getting rid of blackheads on the nose and chin!
The takeaway: Depending on what your goals are and skin type- choose which mask meets your goals. If you are looking for an overall oil remove and a brighter complexion, clay is the way to go. If you are seeking to get rid of stubborn blackheads, invest in a good active charcoal ingredient!