A couple of months ago I was hunting for an effective cleansing mask for my skin. Of course there are many others to choose from depending on the ingredients you are looking for, price points and your skin type. Since I’ve heard about great things with charcoal masks, I wanted to give at least one a try. Using all natural (or as all natural as possible) ingredients was also important for me. So, I quickly went around Sephora, LUSH and the Face Shop to see what I can find. For this post, I am reviewing:
- Origins Charcoal Mask
- The Face Shop Volcanic Lava Pore Mud Pack
- The Face Shop Real Clay Pack
- LUSH Mask of Magnaminty
I tried using the Origins Charcoal Mask while Mr. Ko and I had our mini spa day at home as well as a few weeks after. The mask went on relatively easily, although, I’m not sure what it is about putting masks on that is so difficult to apply them evenly? If you guys and gals discovered an awesome way to put masks on feel free to leave a comment down below! 🙂 (I tend to use my fingers since I didn’t like using a brush) Anyway, I initially liked the Origins masks because it left my skin feeling fresh and clean. Though, I do have to say that it’s not consistent and I didn’t see a huge improvement even after the second time I put the mask on. Had I continued to use it for a month or so, I might get better results.
Then I tried using the Face Shop’s Volcanic Lava Pore Mud Pack next. Unfortunately, I don’t think this product was a good fit with my skin. It just dried out my skin and it wasn’t all that effective. Though if you have oily skin it might be a good product to try out. That being said, I refrained from using the other Face Shop clay mask since I had a good hunch that clay masks are just not a good fit for my skin type.
Lastly, I tried the Mask of Magnaminty from LUSH twice, two weeks apart. This was also the same mask I used on Mr. Ko’s face haha. Now even though this product has China clay (Kaolin) it didn’t dry out my skin because of the other ingredients that were in the mask. And of course, you could already guess from the mask’s name that there is peppermint oil in it. At first the mask “tingles” or burns if you have fairly sensitive skin, predominantly because of the peppermint oil in the mask. Again, this was hard to apply evenly on my face especially with the fragments of aduki beans in the mask. The good side for having those beans is that it does help with exfoliating your face once you gradually remove the mask with some water.
Out of the 4 masks, I would probably go with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty. It was a consistent product and I did find that it the mask was able to make improvements with my skin even with just using it twice.
Stay tuned for my next posts! I try to post fitness & nutrition posts on Wednesdays, Beauty posts on Thursdays and Style posts on Fridays! Feel free to leave me a comment below if there are any products or topics you’d like for me to talk about 🙂 I’m always open for suggestions!