So charcoal mask is the newest hype in the beauty world! Almost every day we see those ad online where someone peeling off those charcoal masks of their face while pulling off those stubborn white heads, black heads and all the dirt and debris! To be honest I find those videos quite satisfying! ♥ But to tell the truth, you can achieve the “pulling off unwanted stuff” effect just the same with other things like gelatin or egg white. But the advantage of any ready-made pack or mask is you do not need any preparation there. Just take the amount from the tube and apply directly. These days have been busy, and hardly I find any time for taking care of myself. So, most of the times, I rely on store bought masks. Also the reputation of Korean skin care products helped me made my decision to give them a try.
The first charcoal mask/pack I ever used was from Freemen, Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask. I bought this one from Mustafa Centre, Singapore. The price was 5.6SG$. The texture of the mask is like a regular scrubber with tiny exfoliators. The instruction in the packet says to put it in damp face for 5/6 minutes and to massage slowly afterwards. Though if I’m running late, sometimes I keep it for like 2 minutes. And I still find it quite efficient as of 5/6 minutes time. The mask really does some good cleansing, specially for clearing out the dead cells and skin. For me, it is such a good scrubber. But, it doesn’t fully clears out the white heads and black heads from the root. But if you need a quick cleansing before going somewhere, this one is such a good option. I would recommend to use a moisturizer afterwards as it dries your skin out like any scrubber. I usually use it 1 or 2 times a week.
Next one is from Coibana, Nasnon Charcoal Pore Clear Pack. This one is a peel off pack. It has a gel texture. This pack does a better a job of clearing black and white heads than the Freemen mask, but honestly I believe with a gelatin mask you get the best result. But most of the gelatin contains pork fat, and because of being a Muslim, it’s not allowed for me. Halal gelatin are not always available and also they are quite expensive. Like for 30 grams, you have to pay nearly 3.5$. I bought this pack on sale, it was a 1+1 offer in 9$. So, you see this was quite budget friendly offer! The instructions in the pack says to keep the mask for 20~30 minutes in a damp cleaned face and to peel it off afterwards. If you want better action try to make a thick layer while applying, but keep in mind that it would take more time to get dry. When I first applied three days ago, I created a thin layer and it dried within 30 minutes. But, the pack was only able to take the top of the white and black heads. Last night I applied a thick layer, while it did pull off some of the white and black heads from the root, it took nearly 45 minutes to dry.
If you closely look at the pictures, you will see tiny white dots in the peeled off mask in my fingers. It definitely doesn’t work the way as they show it on those online/ TV ads. But still I think it does a good job.
Hope you enjoyed the post!
-Munira Chowdhury, 31/10/2017
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