Some people put Elmer’s Glue on their face, because they say it can get rid of blackheads, whiteheads and dirt in their pores. I’m big on DIY beauty recipes, but even I can’t bring myself to put glue on my face. Especially, after I learned from the product’s website that,
Elmer’s Glues are chemical based. They are made or formulated from chemicals which are synthesized (created by Man). These chemicals were originally obtained or manufactured from petroleum, natural gas and other raw materials . . . .
No thank you! I’m not putting glue on my face. Rather, I want a more natural way to deep clean pores. Is there a way to make a glue free DIY charcoal mask that peels off gunk in the pores?
Yep, there is! All you need for this deep pore cleansing, glue-free, peel off DIY charcoal mask are a few natural ingredients: unflavored gelatin or agar powder (vegan jelly), and detox superstars activated charcoal and calcium bentonite clay.
This DIY charcoal mask is extremely effective in cleansing pores. How effective??! Scroll down and take a look at the blackheads and whiteheads that the mask pulled out on my dear husband’s nose. (He was such a good sport. Thank you, honey!) This peel off DIY charcoal mask is shockingly easy and cheap to make. And most of all it does an amazing job at cleansing pores on the face.
Using a few all natural ingredients, you can make 2 different versions of this DIY charcoal mask. You can make either a peel off DIY charcoal mask (what I used on my husband that produced the dramatic pictures below) or a non-peel off version. The non-peel off version is much gentler on your face. Instead of peeling off the DIY charcoal mask, you wash the mask off with warm water. While both versions of the face mask are effective, you shouldn’t use either face mask more than once a week. Also, it’s always a good idea to do a patch test, before using a new beauty product, including this DIY charcoal mask.
Peel Off DIY Charcoal Mask Made without Glue
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 1 use for your entire face
Ingredients for Peel Off DIY Charcoal Mask, No Glue
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- Calcium Bentonite Clay – 1/2 teaspoon. I use Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. DON’T let your calcium bentonite clay touch any metal items, like utensils or containers. Metal interacts with the clay, making it less effective.
- Activated Charcoal – 1 teaspoon. I use Zen Activated Charcoal.
- Unflavored Gelatin (for a peel off DIY charcoal mask, and the best pore cleansing results) – 1 tablespoon. I use Knox Unflavored Gelatin. 1 small 0.25 oz packet of Knox unflavored gelatin is about 1 tablespoon. You can usually find unflavored gelatin in the jello or baking section of a supermarket.
- OR Agar Powder (for a gentler, non-peel off face mask) – 1/2 tablespoon. You can try Now Foods Agar Powder. Agar powder is a good vegan option.
- Distilled Water – 2 tablespoons. Get it at your local supermarket.
How to Make Peel Off DIY Charcoal Mask without Glue
(1) Add calcium bentonite clay, activated charcoal, and gelatin (or agar powder) to a non-metal container. I like to use a shot glass.
(2) Then add hot, freshly boiled distilled water.
(3) Mix all the ingredients well. It’s important that everything is mixed well, because you don’t want any clumps. I use a long bamboo skewer to stir the mixture pretty vigorously for a few minutes.
(4) Finally, when the DIY charcoal mask mixture becomes a paste, then it’s ready to be applied on the face. Be sure to check the temperature of the mask, because you don’t want to burn your face with a hot face mask.
Here’s a short YouTube video I posted on how to make and use this peel off DIY charcoal mask, made without glue.
How to Use Glue-Free, Peel Off DIY Charcoal Mask
(1) First, you should open up your pores. Wash your face with warm water, and then pat dry your face with a soft towel. If you are a guy, make sure you are fresh-shaven. Another great way to open up your pores is by taking a warm shower or bath, then apply the DIY charcoal mask right after.
(2) Use a makeup brush to apply the DIY charcoal mask on your face. This can get messy. So it’s a good idea to apply it over a sink. You want to apply a few layers of the mask on your face. You should have a thick layer on your face.
(3) DON’T put the peel off DIY charcoal mask (made with gelatin) on or near any hair, including eyebrows, because it will pull out blackheads and whiteheads, as well as hair.
Also, for the first few times you try the peel off mask, consider using it only on your nose or chin, rather than on your whole face. It can be uncomfortable (painful!) when peeling the mask off the entire face. Please remember that this DIY charcoal mask is fully water-soluble. So you can always wash it off, if peeling it off becomes too uncomfortable.
In the picture below, I’m using the non-peel off version of the face mask (made with agar powder). That’s why I put the DIY charcoal mask on my eyebrows too.
(4) Let the DIY charcoal mask dry completely on your face. It took me about 45 minutes. As the mask dries, you will feel it tightening on your face. When the DIY charcoal mask is completely dry, it feels very hard to the touch.
If you are using the peel off version of the DIY charcoal mask, then you have to wait until the face mask is COMPLETELY DRY on your face. Otherwise the mask won’t pull the gunk out of your pores. If the mask feels either rubbery or cold to the touch, then it’s not yet completely dry. When it’s very hard, and no longer cold to the touch, then it’s ready to be peeled.
(5) If you use unflavored gelatin to make the peel off DIY charcoal face mask, move your facial muscles to loosen the mask from your face. Then gently pull the mask off your face. Take your time, it can be uncomfortable and painful to some people. If it becomes too unbearable when you’re peeling the mask off, you can wash it off with water, because this face mask is fully water-soluble.
- If you use agar powder, then you don’t peel the face mask off. Instead, gently wash the DIY charcoal mask off your face with warm water. I massage my face while washing it, to allow the activated charcoal and calcium bentonite clay to gently exfoliate my face.
(6) After the DIY charcoal mask is completely off your face, gently wipe your face with a cold wet towel. A cold towel should calm the redness you might see on your face.
(7) Finally, I usually put rosehip oil on my face to further calm the redness and to add moisture.
Ok, as promised, here are some dramatic pictures showing how effective this DIY charcoal mask made without glue can be. The peel off face mask (made with gelatin) pulled out a ton of stuff on and around my husband’s nose.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Don’t you agree? You can see how much gunk, blackheads and whiteheads that the glue-free, peel off DIY charcoal mask pulled out of my dear husband’s face, especially around his nose area. I’m truly impressed with this DIY charcoal mask. It’s easy and costs very little to make. But it can do the job of many pricey store-bought pore strips. I’m talking about you, Biore Pore Strips.
So, will you be giving this DIY charcoal mask recipe a try? I’d love to know how it goes. If you are an adventurous type and want to try the Elmer’s Glue face mask, I’d love to know how that goes too. So, reach out! As always, please share and pin this recipe if you like it!