The infamous Charcoal Peel-off Mask Tested: Approved?

By Louisa Hallett on July 14, 2017

Florida summers are hot and sweaty. You may try to avoid leaving your house or apartment at all costs, but even if you need to walk from your car to your job or classroom chances are your pores will be clogged with sweat and dirt. Then the unfortunate inevitable takes place – black heads, white heads, any unsightly acne you can think of. Keeping your acne at bay amid sweat and make up in the summer is nearly impossible.

One of the best ways to keep your acne away and your face clean, from my experience, is through the regular use of a deep cleansing facemask (about once or twice a week) and daily cleansing facewash twice a day.

However, despite the regular use of a facemask I have used since December, I have been breaking out. So I decided to try out an infamous charcoal peel-off facemask. Of course from the rise in fame of charcoal for cleansing your skin, there are a variety of brands of peel-off facemask. For this article I decided to purchase one off of that was not too expensive but still received at least 4 stars on reviews and ended up selecting: Shills Natural Science Purifying Peel-off Mask.

On the tube, it states that the mask is supposed to be deep cleansing and to remove dulling surface cells and impurities while simultaneously restoring the skin to a youthful glow. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Although on the tube it does not give a recommended amount of usage per week, through research I found the two times a week is the best method – just so your skin does not over dry and to prevent irritation. Other reviews of the face mask have stated that the removal of this fac emask on areas of the face with a lot of peach fuzz or hair is incredibly painful, but to be fair for other reviews I’ve read for peel-off face masks, they have also said that they were painful as well.

So to test this out right, I’ve decided to borrow a friend of mine who has dry skin to help me test out the face mask. I personally have very oily skin during the summer months, so I’m trying to see if the effects of the face mask will be the same for both skin types or if it benefits one over the other.

So we started out rinsing our face with warm water and letting some steam rise into our pores so they open a little more. This is supposed to help the mask really penetrate into the pores and remove the dirt. Then we dried the skin and applied the face mask as instructed. Try to apply the mask as far away from the eyebrows as possible and of course the lips and the eyes.

The back of the bottle recommended to leave the mask on for twenty to thirty minutes. My friend’s mask dried in about twenty-five minutes, however, mine did not fully dry for about forty-five minutes and I suspect it is because of the difference in skin types that we both have.

The feeling of the mask when it was completely dry was wrinkly and it was very difficult to smile or talk.

When we decided it was time to remove the mask, we began to slowly peel away at the mask starting from the bottom and soon found out that the reviews were not exaggerating. The removal of this mask was painful, in more areas then others – probably because of the peach fuzz. We both tried hard to remove the mask completely in one piece, however, that proved difficult because in areas where the mask was not applied as thick as on other places of the skin, it would break away from the rest of the mask.

At first I was a little disappointed because on the bottom half of my face not much came out put the peach fuzz. But as I got closer to my “t-zone,” (nose and forehead) there appeared to be a lot more residue being removed from my face.

For my friend with dry skin, she noticed that a lot of dead skin was being removed by the mask, but for her as well, there was not much residue until the “t-zone” region of her face. We both agreed it was gross with how much the mask actually removed. She rarely did face masks and I do one about once a week, yet somehow we both had the same amount of residue removed from our face. I do have rosacea (red color) on my cheeks, and it was not as prominent as it usually is. Both of our faces were left completely soft, but definitely parched. After the mask we put on some toner to close the pores and face lotion to rehydrate our skin.

I personally liked the face mask. I liked how clean and soft my skin was after using it. My friend enjoyed it as well and we would definitely recommend it for any use of skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin, I would read further reviews of using peel-off masks on sensitive skin before using it.

Happy Summer!

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