‹ Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask ›12.4.13
What they say: When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, skin looks cloudy. Nature's complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief." Best for all skin types.
What I expected: I hear bloggers and YouTubers raving about this mask like it does wonders for oily and spotty skin so when this was available for 100 points at Sephora, I redeemed my points for it since I do have acne prone, combination-oily skin. I was hoping that this would mainly help to get rid of spots and clogged pores.
What I say: I thought I would like it more than I do but overall, I'm still happy with what this does for my skin.
To get the full effects from this mask, I would definitely recommend steaming the face to open up pores first before you apply this mask. I usually soak a face cloth in hot water first then apply it to the face. Then, using about a nickel-sized amount, I apply it evenly all over my forehead, nose, upper lip, and chin. Origins says that this mask is good for all skin types but I would have to disagree. I find it irritating on my cheeks which tend to be more dry and sensitive than the rest of my face. On the rest of my face which tends to be oilier, however, I do find that this does help to get rid of excess oil and draw out impurities without stripping the skin of all its natural oils. The blackheads around my nose seem to lessen and any blemishes also decrease in size.
The instructs say to leave the mask on until it dries and I find that it takes between 5-10 minutes, depending on how thick I've layered it on. Afterwards, I usually hop in the shower and rinse it off while I'm showering with warm water and I find that the mask comes off easily.
Some people don't like the smell of this mask but I don't mind it at all. I always dislike products that are heavily scented and to me, this just smells of natural ingredients so it's not particularly pleasant but it's not unbearable. I don't find it to smell strongly of anything, to be honest.
Overall, I do like this mask but I don't think it's the perfect detox mask yet. After I use up this mini, I don't think I'll rush out to buy the full-size version right away because I'd like to try out more detox masks first.
What is your favourite detox mask?
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Water\aqua\eau; myrtus communis (myrtle) leaf water, kaolin, bentonite, butylene glycol, montmorillonite, polysorbate 20, PEG-100 stearate, charcoal powder, xanthan gum, lecithin, PEG-150, distearate, propylene glycol stearate, sorbitan laurate, glycerin, propylene glycol laurate, dimethicone, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexlyglycerin, hexylene glycol, tri-sodium EDTA, dehydroacetic acid, phenoxyethanol