Charcoal masks seem to be all the rage at the moment, and when I saw the Freeman's Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask (phew, what a name!) in Dischem, I was very intrigued to try it out.
What they say: "Pollution…debris…it's a wonder skin can breathe! This unique mask and scrub works double time to detox skin. First, naturally purifying Activated Charcoal helps absorb oil and impurities without over-drying. Then, Black Sugar helps exfoliate away dulling skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types."
The instructions are to apply the mask to your skin and leave it on for 5-7 minutes. I like to leave mine on for a bit longer, so about 15 minutes. You are then supposed to gently massage your skin and rinse the mask off with warm water.
The mask is a black sugar polish and looks more like a scrub than a mask. The mask is more difficult to apply than, say, a clay mask, but it's luckily not too messy. It has a lot of sugar in it and also a bit of oil, which makes it more easy to spread. For those of you who worry about the smell: it doesn't smell like charcoal! It has a soft, almost sweet smell. According to the ingredients list, it contains both banana and coconut extract, so maybe that's what I'm smelling.
While applying the mask it gets a bit warm, but it doesn't burn. I was also a bit worried about the amount of sugar in it, but it's not abrasive at all. Just be careful to not apply it too roughly. Being a sugar polish it doesn't dry hard, so it continues to sit comfortably on your skin, and if you don't watch the clock you might forget to remove it!
Just before rinsing it off, I massage the mask lightly, and it's as if the sugar crystals has started dissolving in the warm oils, so it's even less scrubby. After rinsing it off, my skin feels very soft and even a little brighter. It's definitely not a mask promising you the moon and stars, but it's a lovely mask to use once or twice a week.
You can buy it for R60 at Dischem.
Have you used this mask yet? What did you think?
Until next time!