Friday, November 14, 2014

Face Mask Friday - Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores

This mask has a thick smooth consistency that spreads really easily over the skin. I as always use my handy dandy $1 elf foundation brush. It may be a terrible crappy foundation brush, but its perfect for face masks! It has a very faint clay smell but nothing that noticeable and you likely wont notice it if you dont put it up to your nose and inhale like I did.

Now one downside for me is the instructions. "Once a week or as often as needed, open pores with warm, moist towel and layer mask on. Allow to dry, rinse well. Watch your skin shake off the shroud of dullness and take on a new clarity". How long does it take to dry? Would be nice to suggest a time line. And a thin layer, a thick layer? Again, more detailed instructions would be nice. 

Its a fairly thick but easily spreadable mud. It goes on cold but not cold cold, more like refreshing cold.

And my before pics

Warm facecloth on face:

And mud on.

As it dries, just like other clay masks (my two favourite being the st ives one and the Glamglow Supermud) it feels tight when its drying and like you are tugging on the skin if you move your cheeks or mouth. 

This however is what it looks like dry after you sneeze. Yes. Haha. I did sneeze. And totally cracked the mask everywhere!

Now for my extremely oily but dehydrated skin this completely dried it out. I ended up following this up with a moisture mask just to replenish some of the moisture.

I feel like it did clean out my pores a bit, though nothing deep acting. And it did irritate my skin quite a bit. It didn't last long but my face was certainly red and irritated afterwards.

I will certainly stick with my glamglow masks over these!


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