Activated Charcoal is the hottest thing in skin care right now. And rightly so, it can absorb up to 2 times its weight in impurities, drawing them out of your skin for a cleaner, healthy glow. It’s no wonder Mary Kay has released its own Charcoal mask, and they’ve upped the game with some amazing ingredients like Navy Bean extract, Honeysuckle and peppermint! Read on for my Charcoal Mask review!
The first thing I noticed is the size of the bottle. It’s HUGE! At a whopping 114g for just $26 CAD, this is a great value. Comparatively, GlamGlow clocks in at $79/50g, Clinique is $33/100mL and Origins is $32/100mL. I also appreciate that it comes in a tube. I prefer skin care in tubes because it doesn’t get contaminated by your hands while using the product like jars do. This helps to increase the shelf life of the skin care you pay good money for.
The smell of this mask is divine! It smells of peppermint and rosemary extracts and is absolutely energizing! The peppermint extract also gives a cooling sensation while applying that is soothingly wonderful. As per some suggestions online, I applied with a Liquid Foundation brush for my charcoal mask review. This made a HUGE difference! I used less product, it dried faster and pulled SOOOOOO much ooky gunk out of my pores. Bonus points: applying with a brush meant I wasn’t digging bentonite clay out from under my fingernails 😉
It takes 10-20 minutes to dry fully and work depending on how thick you applied the mask. Thicker doesn’t draw any more dirt from your pores, it just makes the mask take longer to dry. As it dried, I started to see the little oil spots pop up on the mask, like grease stains on a pizza box. This is the impurities being drawn out of your pores and into the mask.
I didn’t experience any tingling or pain with Mary Kay’s Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask. Last year, I tried a popular charcoal mask I’d bought at Sephora and it burned so bad. It took about 4 days for the redness to subside, and 3 months before my face texture was back to normal. I was worried about having a similar experience here, but it didn’t happen! My guess is that the Navy Bean & honeysuckle extracts in there helped to soothe the drier skin on my face while the activated charcoal cleaned out the rest.
Clean up was pleasant. THIS IS NOT A SCARY PEEL OFF MASK. Those masks that hurt so bad you want to cry when you peel them off? They’re bad news. I talk about it here. Mary Kay’s Charcoal Mask wipes off with warm water. I found the easiest way to get it off was to hold my cloth against an area of my face until the mask softened a bit, then gently wipe away. It’s a mud mask with charcoal though, so don’t use your pretty white towels to wipe it off. You’ll be sad.
After I removed the mask for this Charcoal Mask review, I noticed an immediate difference. My nose had less clogged pores and my pores appeared smaller. My face was soft and smooth, and not red at all! The rest of my skin care went on like a dream afterward. This mask is safe to use up to 3 times a week, and will definitely be a part of my regular routine from now on. The tube gets about 30 uses out of it, so it’s totally affordable to add into my current system.
How did you like my charcoal mask review? If you have questions, or have tried it yourself, comment below and let me know! My Celebrity Beauty Club got a sneak peek of this amazing mask before anyone else because that’s how we roll behind the velvet rope.