DIY Peel-Off Charcoal Face Mask

Good morning, loves!

I’ve seen a huge trend with peel-off masks lately, but I haven’t quite hopped on board. I’ve definitely tried them, but I just haven’t committed to buying my own. I always end up buying an entire bottle of a face mask, just to use it a few times and buy another kind. So I prefer to make my own, as it’s typically less expensive, and I make just what I need so I can avoid wasting my money, the face masks, and counter top space.

Standard peel-off masks remove dead skin and gunk by clinging to it, so you remove it from your face when you peel the mask off. I added some activated charcoal to the mask to enhance the removal of dirt and toxins, since activated charcoal is a toxin-fighting powerhouse!


  • 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 tsp. activated charcoal powder
  • 2 tbsp. water

In a small, microwave safe bowl, mix together the gelatin and activated charcoal powders, until the two are evenly combined. Add the water and stir together. It may get very clumpy and that’s perfectly fine.

Microwave the charcoal-gelatin mixture in 10 second increments until it’s a smooth, black liquid. Allow to cool for a minute or two before applying to the skin.

Apply to areas with black heads, build up or a lot of dead skin. Be careful though – this mask will also cling to the little hairs on your face and will rip them out. I typically only apply it to the center of my forehead (making sure to avoid my eyebrows), my nose, and my chin. Allow the mask to cool and “harden” for 10-15 minutes. Once the mask is no longer sticky, slowly peel off, beginning at the edges.

After this mask, I like to follow up with a sheet mask, serums and a heavy-duty moisturizer.

Note: This recipe will make more than you need for one application. You can allow it to solidify in the bowl and then store it in a container or baggie. You can remove a portion for later use. Just microwave in 10 second increments until it’s liquid.

There ya have it – a DIY peel-off mask! I hope you enjoy it!

What other masks would you like to see a recipe for?



PS – Sorry for the yucky gunk picture! This stuff actually works ; )

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