How Charcoal Peel-Off Masks Are Damaging Your Skin

Charcoal Peel Off Masks

We totally get it: there is something inexplicably satisfying about watching people apply and remove a peel-off mask in a matter of minutes. 

But, is it really that simple? Is there really a life hack that will magically give you clear, glowing skin in a short amount of time?

Unfortunately, like almost everything else in life, it’s just not that simple. There simply are no shortcuts for anything worthwhile in this life, and that includes beautiful skin. 

While it may seem amazing to be able to peel something off your face and actually see the dirt you’ve removed in the process, peel-off masks have the potential to damage your skin. Along with the dirt and gunk that they remove, these masks also strip away a layer of skin, vellus hair, and sebaceous filaments (AKA naturally occurring formations that channel the flow of oil through your pores). 

Even though they might look like blackheads, sebaceous filaments actually keep our skin in balance and should not be removed. When the sebaceous filaments are removed are sebum levels become unbalanced. As a result, skin will overproduce oil to compensate for the loss. The end result is oily, irritated skin. 

Additionally, these oils provide a chemical barrier that protects the skin from harmful micro-organisms. By removing them, you are leaving your skin exposed to even more bacteria. 

Finally, and most frighteningly, many DIY bloggers who use these peel-off masks add glue to the formula to mimic the peel-off effect. We hope it goes without saying that you should never put glue on your face… like, ever! Not even for hundreds of Instagram likes. It’s just not worth it. 

So, what’s the takeaway from all of this? Is there a better and safer solution to drawing out the impurities from the skin and achieving a glowing complexion without the harmful effects of ripping off your skin?

You bet there is!

Introducing the new Charcoal Mud Mask by Brooklyn Botany. This nourishing mask has many of the same beauty-boosting benefits of a charcoal peel-off mask without the damaging, skin-destroying effect. Our Brooklyn Botany Mud Mask draws out toxins and impurities from the skin without clogging your pores or causing irritation.

Charcoal is loved by the skin for a reason. It works by a process called adsorption (similar to absorption but just the opposite), which is the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface. While it may not get rid of all of your acne scars and blackheads in one use, we promise you that after a few uses, you will see the results – guaranteed!


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As succulents are known for their ability to store water in their thick and fleshy stems they are the perfect plant for the few of us who have not been gifted with a green thumb. These low maintenance plants are able to survive for several weeks without water. However, if you want your succulent to flourish and fear waking up one day and finding a shriveled succulent in your midst, we’ve got just the care instructions for you

The 411 on Vitamin E



Many of our products contain Vitamin E as it a vital nutrient for skin health. Though Vitamin E can be forgotten when newer, more exotic ingredients are introduced into the market we thought we’d take a moment to pay homage to this longtime skin staple.

At its core, Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps cells fight free radicals. When Vitamin E is introduced to the body it acts as an anti-aging super star that strengthens capillary walls and improves both moisture and elasticity. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin fight harmful toxins while also healing the skin. Vitamin E is also easily absorbed into the epidermis layer of the skin, i.e. the outermost layer of the skin, and as such, can offer instant hydration.

Vitamin E not only keeps cells young but also helps speed up the cell regeneration process. As such, the potent vitamin can heal sunburns and scars. When Vitamin E is mixed with Vitamin C a powerful duo is created as both works to fight inflammation and improve skin quality.




Brooklyn Botany is more than a skincare brand. It is a philosophy where healthy living and the desire for a green lifestyle intersect. As such, we want to make sure all areas of your life, not just your skincare, are covered.

Our homes are our personal sanctuaries. Everyday we return to our humble abodes to rest up and recharge before we go out to face the world again. But, have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air in your house? Indoor air pollutants are a growing problem. It’s tough to decipher whether or not the air quality of your home is up to par because air pollutants are usually, tough to see. Yet, poor air quality can result in a whole host of health conditions such as headaches and nausea as well as eye, ear, and nose irritation.

Indoor air pollutants are a result of both man-made and natural occurrences. Toxic compounds can be released into the air through cleaning products as well as furniture and synthetic materials. The natural air pollutants can range from springtime pollen to more hazardous mold and bacteria. Poor ventilation only exacerbates these problems. The easiest fix to this problem is actually very simple: house plants! Indoor house act as air filters. Plants pull the toxins out of the air and release oxygen into the air through photosynthesis resulting in improved air quality.

Looking to spruce up your air quality? Give the below plants a whirl: aloe vera, spider plant, snake plant, and peace lily.


How to Use Our Camellia Wonder Oil


The secret behind the Japanese’s beautiful skin? Camellia Oil. In fact, in Asia, the beautiful flower is a symbol of femininity and grace. And, when the flower is distilled into its oil form, it becomes a multi-purpose oil with incredible healing and nourishing properties. Here are some of our favorite ways to use the oil.

1. Moisturizer: the high oleic acid content, otherwise known as Omega-9, makes the oil an easy absorption moisturizer for skin. We’re talking hydrated, plump skin without an oily residue as the oil absorbs into the skin as easily as water.

2. Make-Up Remover / Facial Cleanser: one of the best ways to cleanse the skin is with oil. After all, like removes like. Oil cleansing scrubs away at dirt and grime without stripping the skin of valuable moisture. Likewise, Camellia Oil can break down make-up without the rubbing and pull required from a synthetic makeup remover.

3. Hair Oil: warm the oil and massage it into the scalp. Leave the oil in for 30 minutes or overnight for a longer treatment. Wash the oil out with shampoo for softer, more lustrous locks. 

4. Nails: Massage the oil into cuticle for stronger nails.

5. Wounds/Scar Treatment: massage the oil into the skin to gently fade scars anddiscoloration.