Charcoal in a facial mask acts as a magnet, drawing out oil and impurities to prevent clogged pores. Those with acne-prone skin should reach for a charcoal mask twice a week, while normal to dry skin benefits from one weekly session to avoid drying the skin out. Make room for a charcoal mask on your skincare shelf for a deep cleanse with lasting results.
Tie up your hair up with an elastic and use a headband to pull any short hairs away from your face. Charcoal masks are typically sticky and can be difficult to remove from hair.
Wash your face with a cleanser formulated for your skin type and gently pat it dry. Removing impurities from the surface of your skin will allow the mask to penetrate more easily.
Pick up a quarter-sized amount of the charcoal mask with your fingertips. Gently smooth it over oily or imperfection-prone areas. Focus on the T-zone -- forehead, nose and chin -- which is more likely to overproduce oils than the rest of your face. If you have dry skin, avoid applying the mask to well-balanced areas, as this can dry them out.
Allow the mask to sink in to your skin for five minutes. Wait while the mask thickens as it dries and gives your skin a refreshed feeling.
Soak a clean face cloth in warm water and wring it out well. Massage the cloth over the mask in upward circular motions to remove the substance while allowing the charcoal to exfoliate your skin.
Pat a moisturizer formulated for your skin type into your skin after removing the mask and while your skin is still damp. Choose a moisturizer that will counteract the drying effects of charcoal.
Do not apply the mask to your eye area.
Rinse the mask off of your face immediately if you experience any irritation.