If you've got stubborn, congested skin or a breakout developing, I developed the Bethany Charcoal Mask to knock it out quickly and effectively by drawing out impurities from your skin, deeply exfoliating it and yet nourishing it at the same time.
Ingredient Deep Dive:
🧪Made with a base of Aloe Vera to soothe and hydrate your skin, given the potent ingredients in it
🧪Kaolin Clay & Activated Charcoal: dries out excess oil, reaches deep into your pores to clear impurities
🧪5-Fruit Acid Exfoliation Complex with Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon acids to provide chemical exfoliation along with physical exfoliation from clay and charcoal
🧪Ginseng: Potent anti-aging skincare ingredient in Asia, also has anti-inflammatory effects
🧪Bamboo: Soothing, hydrating and gentle exfoliant
The Bethany Charcoal Mask is named after community member Bethany Johansen, who won a Sabbatical Beauty Bespoke Product competition in Spring 2016.
The Bethany Mask was also mentioned in this Allure article as part of our Got Grits? routine to unclog your pores without painful extractions.
Dries out acne and developing spots
Reduces skin congestion
Instructions:Apply after cleansing. Leave on for 20-30 mins and then rinse off. Follow with serums and moisturizers.
Can be used as an overnight spot treatment on acne.
NB: The fruit acid complex may make your skin more photosensitive, so please use sunscreen if using this product.
**Please note--while we LOVE your mask selfies, posting one while wearing this mask may not be ideal given the problematic history of minstrelsy and blackfacing in the Americas :/ Please be mindful! Find out more about this history here.
Bethany Charcoal Mask Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Coco Betaine, Kaolin Clay, Activated Charcoal, Ginseng Powder, Bamboo Powder, (Water (and) Bilberry Extract (and) Sugar Cane Extract (and) Sugar Maple Extract (and) Orange Extract (and) Lemon Extract), (Lactobacillus & Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, (Sodium acrylate / sodium Acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer & isohexadecane & polysorbate 80) (PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate (and) PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides (and) Aqua), (Water, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Wasabia Japonica (Wasabi) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract), (Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol), Citric Acid.
I've had clogged pores all my life. "Good" skin day would be one where there are no zits and a somewhat smooth skin if you don't look too closely. However it is packed full of gunk especially between my lower zip/chin, on and around the nose. I had basically given up on those areas especially below my lower lip. Finally caved in and tried this together with the vacuum oil (and other items), and I'm amazed. For some reason, gunk that I've never seen before began appearing all around my face, even areas that I thought was OK. While it didn't and I don't expect it to "fall out on its own", they were brought to the surface that I could just easily extract it out with minimal pressure. Most of them were so deeply seeded inside. I don't usually extract but for this reason, I had to. It was so satisfying to see everything out. Can't wait to see what will happen if I were to go a few more rounds.
I got the Got Grits set and let me tell ya, I didn't realize it would work so well on me! Wild to just wash all that out of my pores! I am a bit picky with charcoal masks and can sometimes feel they're too harsh for me but I truly love the Bethany Mask and you will too :)
I tried the travel size Got Grits set and fell in love with both products but ran out of the mask first. At first my skin reacted with bumps and I thought it was too harsh but I have it another go after a week or so, and oh my word my face is so soft and smooth after every application! The exfoliation is very gentle even though I can feel the fine grains as I wash the mask off. Super easy to apply and washes clean (recommend to was off in the shower for the least mess).
Bethany's Charcoal Mask (captioned on the left side of the pic) coaxes the gunk out of my pores and leaves. My face feels smooth and... detoxed (?) after a thorough rinse. I also appreciate how this mask smells just like its active ingredient; it stands on its own and has no need to masquerade as something it isn't.
Two tips: (1) Before masking with BCM, pop on a dark top, protective gear, or something you don't mind staining; (2) Designate a BCM wipe-down cloth.
This mask is amazing! It visibly clears out my pores and leaves my face smooth and hydrated. I love it so much that I recently purchased a few travel sizes to give as gifts, both recipients are also amazed at how well this mask works.