I have always been a lover of masks of all kinds. I feel they are a luxurious way to pamper your skin. Yes, they are probably not part of the “usual” skincare routine of many people but for me, they are. I think they cleanse/hydrate the skin depending on the need of the individual.
Today, I will mostly be raving about the recently tried mask- Origins Clear improvement Active charcoal Mask. This mask was on my wishlist when Tanya Burr had raved about it in 1 of her videos. Finally I could get my hands on it when I travelled to Singapore recently.
About the brand Origins – It’s a brand owned by Estee Lauder companies and is known for their natural skin care products. This brand is against Animal testing, for people who are sensitive towards that.
About the mask- This is a mask with Activated charcoal to clear out all clogged pores. The product claims that Activated charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers. It also contains White China clay which absorbs environmental toxins, and lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that stuff down there, skin breathes a sigh of relief. Best for all skin types.
Also, for people who are really into natural products, this mask is free from Parabens, Sulphates, Synthetic Fragrances/Dyes, Triclosan etc. (Can I be really honest here by saying that I like to know if my skincare is natural but I am not too averse to using products with certain “artificial/chemical” ingredients)
How I use the mask- I have used this mask for about 4 times now. As the “usage” instructions given on the tube, I first open my pores using a warm moist towel. Then, by taking decent amount of product (as shown in the pic), I spread the product on my face. The mask is very easily spreadable, its not of very thin consistency, which is good, and takes about 20-25 minutes to dry completely. It feels really hot for a minute post applying this mask, it doesn’t have any strong smell(a very faint charcoal smell which disappears immediately). Once dry, it really tightens the skin. Note- It’s a bit of a pain to remove this mask once completely dry(read- I have to wash my face for good 5-7 minutes for it to completely wash off).
My take on the mask- Black heads just love my nose so I need more than just a face wash to make it clearer. Once I use this mask, my nose definitely feels lot clearer. I have combination skin type and use it on my complete face. After washing off, my cheeks do feel a little more “drier” than usual and I have to use a very light gel based cream/lotion for little hydration. I just love the cleansed feeling that i get post using this mask and literally go without any makeup for the day I use it. It hasn’t given me any break outs or so (Do note- My skin is behaving well these days and don’t get too many break outs). Overall I just love the mask.
Price/Availability- I bought it in Singapore for SGD 30 from Changi Airport. In India, you can buy it on strawberrynet online or may be check few more sites for better price.
In my opinion, it’s a great mask for combination to oily skin types for deep cleansing once a week, not so much for dry skin type people.
I will definitely be open to trying out more of skincare from the brand as I loved this one. Have you used Origins products? Let me know what you liked and what didn’t.