“You should try using a face mask” said the spa therapist after I received a facial. I was recently at a local spa to pamper myself, as well as give my face to some much needed love. The therapist said to keep my skin in check, sans blemish and blackheads, a face mask with charcoal would definitely help to draw out dirt and keep pores clear. After my appointment I immediately did a Google search and Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask came up at the top of the results.
The charcoal mask is available for purchase in two sizes, 50 mL and 100 mL; I opted for the smaller bottle since I wouldn’t have to worry about committing to such a large bottle if I didn’t like the product. It contains activated charcoal that when used in skincare products helps remove and draw out bacteria and dirt from the skin – this isn’t your ordinary barbecue grade charcoal. The mask also contains White China Clay, which absorbs environmental toxins, and Lecithin which dissolves impurities.
The product has a medium-thick consistency when you squeeze it out of the tube and the directions require you to apply it to your face when your pores are already open; in other words after a long steamy shower. I applied a generous amount of the product evenly all over my face ensuring full coverage and then I waited. It took anywhere from seven to 10 minutes for the mask to fully dry; during that time your face is rendered temporarily immobile, nobody wants cracked a mask.
Once dried I used warm water, as directed, to wash the mask off and immediately felt a difference; my skin was extremely smooth and silky to the touch – wow! I’ve used the Origins’ charcoal mask for several months now and while the immediate tactile results are always there it’s difficult to tell if the product actually draws out impurities and dirt from my pores. I wouldn’t solely rely on this product alone to keep your skin clean and clear, but would recommend using it to help augment your skincare regime.