I have been seeing a lot of DIY charcoal masks all over social media recently, and of course I wanted to find out for myself how well they work. While at my local pharmacy, I learned that getting charcoal capsules were more expensive than just buying the Life brand charcoal mask. Guess, which one my cheap a** opted for. Before continuing I must say that if you don’t like looking at the inside of a peeled face mask, then I advise to possibly look at another post.
Upon inspecting the packaging, I saw that there was 150mL of mask in the tube. I also saw that if I did not like it, I could return it to my local pharmacy and get reimbursed, which is an added bonus.
This product claims to lessen the presence of pores. As someone with large potholes in my face (I may be exaggerating but the brain sees what it sees), I figured I could definitely benefit from this mask, especially after having seen many youtubers use it and show the gross (yet oddly satisfying) remnants of their masks. It is also paraben-free, so whoopee.
It says that using it once or twice a week is best and that a thick and even layer should be applied. Of course the eye area, lips, eyebrows and hairline should be avoided. After leaving it on for 30 minutes or until dry, it is supposed to be peeled off.
I went forth and applied a thick layer of the stuff as instructed by the bottle and I must say that this was extremely annoying. It was difficult to try and get an even layer and I feel like I used a good portion of the tube just to do so. Somehow I managed to get it all over my hands too since I’m a genius. Nonetheless, this was the end result:
Feeling like my skin was suffocating, I waited until it was dry. I excitedly ran to my bathroom to watch myself turn into a reptile shedding its skin.The peeling process stung just a tad, but it was nothing unmanageable. Thus, my second face was born.
You can clearly see where the mask sank into my pores (by the way I did steam my face before doing this and dried it off). Now would I say this works miracles? Not necessarily. I was able to see some bits of my face on the inside of that mask. In that sense I guess I could say it works, however I wish there was a lot more that would have come off. The mask did come off in one piece as shown, but of course there was little remnants around my face that needed to be rubbed off with warm water. The struggle is real by the way, do NOT let your hair get in it.
Overall my feelings about this are pretty average. Not bad, but not amazing either. This product costs $6.99, which does beat paying $12 for a bottle of charcoal capsules plus the money to mix it with the Elmer’s glue. I think I will keep it and just maybe my pores appearance will be reduced eventually. I like to think of this as beauty on a budget.
Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?