While we can’t get enough of bubble masks and sheet masks, the trendiest masks on Pinterest in 2017 will be charcoal DIY recipes, according to Pinterest’s predictions. . We’re not surprised. Concoctions with the popular ingredient have been popping up all over beauty aisles this year, fromtoothbrushes with activated-charcoal bristles to jet-black makeup wipes. It might sound strange, but there’s a theory behind the madness.

Activated charcoal acts as a vacuum for dirt and oils. That’s why you’ll find it in beauty products targeted to oily and acne-prone complexions. These skincare products contain small levels of activated charcoal. It’s so little that there isn’t any scientific proof on the claimed benefits. But the good news is that food-grade, activated charcoal powder is virtually harmless. And people who do use charcoal treatments feel tightening of the skin and see clearing of the pores.

There are several DIY charcoal masks floating around Pinterest. Usually when we think of homemade beauty products a lengthy list of items comes to mind, but most of these masks only require three ingredients or less. There’s one with activated charcoal, matcha green tea, and bentonite clay. And another that mixes charcoal with baking soda. Scroll down to see one of the trending pins.

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Source: self.com