I have received a press sample of products from Dermalogica and the product I was most eager to test directly is their face mask Charcoal Rescue Masque (adlink) with activated carbon!
Activated carbon removes impurities, old skin cells and sebum from the skin and the face mask is exfoliating and deep cleansing. Just what my skin needs :)
What is Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque?
The face mask not only contains activated carbon but is clay-based and contains a lot of caring ingredients:
- Volcanic ash, Marine clay and Bamboo that removes old skin cells, which gives the skin more radiance
- Vitamin B3 which soothes the skin and makes it less red
- Sulfur that has an exfoliating effect
- AHA acid that increases cell renewal and exfoliates
- Chilean wild mint that refines the pores and skin structure
A real detox cure simply!
It should suit most skin types and is not just for oily skin, which I think is good as I have oily and impure skin but at the same time sensitive.
The texture is quite similar to regular clay masks, creamy and just over!
How is the mask used?
Start by cleansing the skin. I apply the mask all over my face, but if you have minor problem areas, you can just put it there as well. When you have deep cleansing face masks, I always wash the skin a little extra long with warm water before so that the skin is warm and soft when the mask is applied.
Then the face mask should work for 7-10 minutes. I do not take time but rinse it off as soon as it dries.
How often should you use the mask?
If necessary / max 4 times a week.
Immediately when you put the mask on the skin, you feel that it is quite active, it kind of irritates a little and you feel that the skin works. The first time I thought it felt more than now when I have used it a few times.
The mask starts to dry quite quickly. There are dry clay masks and then there are toorrrrrra clay masks and this is the latter haha. The skin gets so tight! Really no mask I put go and walk around and clean the house in but this one I wash off as soon as I can only when it has dried.
Type all clay masks feel dry and itchy on the skin when they have dried, but this one is out of the ordinary. It almost feels like it has decreased in size and makes the whole skin tighten like a porcelain doll.
I have also tried adding serum or a thin oil before just because I hate when the skin feels tight, but I felt no difference. But it should not be on the skin for that long either, so it is not the case that you suffer immediately :)
The skin looks and feels much cleaner immediately!
Afterwards I feel that I have to apply a really oily face mask just because the skin feels a little stiff. But after a moisturizing face mask afterwards and then serum, oil and moisturizer, the skin is so clean and so smooth and soft :)
Summary - The mask keeps its promise, the skin becomes clean and exfoliated! I use it 1-2 times a week. It feels active and becomes tight on the skin as soon as it dries (about 5-10 min) so it is not a mask you snuggle around for a long time just because it is wonderful. There is nothing to complain about, highly recommended!
It costs SEK 499 and is available at, among other places here (adlink) on Skincity.se.
Any of you who have tested this and what do you think? :)