Charcoal products have been all the rage lately so I wanted to try and review a few products for you guys. So why charcoal? Why is it great for the skin? Activated charcoal is great for the skin because it acts like a magnet and draws dirt, oil, and other harmful substances.
Garnier Cleansing Towelettes w/Charcoal ($6)
Claims: Instantly draws out dirt, oil, and makeup + Removes oil and mattifies
It contains 25 wet towelettes.
I use this to get my makeup off before I shower/cleanse my face or if I’m too lazy to cleanse my face in the morning.
-There is a clean scent to it, nothing overwhelming.
-The towelettes are thinner than what I would like
– Decent amount of moisture
-Does a good job taking off my face makeup but not my mascaras.
-Doesn’t leave any oil or sticky residue.
-Any residual liquid does absorb into the skin
-I wouldn’t say it leaves my face matte like the product claims, but it does leave my face soft and a little glowy.
Overall: It was an okay product, but not worth the buy since it wasn’t strong enough to take off my mascara. The whole purpose of me buying cleansing towelettes is for removing all of my makeup. A better alternative is the Yes to Grapefruit Cleansing Towelettes. It’s strong enough to take my off my non waterproof mascaras and the towelettes are thick.
Biore Charcoal Pore Strips ($7)
Claims: The strips will unclog pores by drawing out deep impurities and excess oil.
(The front of the strip)
(The back of the strip)
– There’s a little warming sensation when you first put it on
-Quick and Easy to use (wet nose, put on the strip, wait 10 mins, peel off quickly, and voilà!)
-Does a good job removing my blackheads, it doesn’t remove all of course but a small amount. I have big pores and A LOT of blackheads!
-For best use, make sure to exfoliate and steam your face before hand.
–Overall: It does a great job. I will repurchasing this again for sure!
Boscia Luminizing Black Mask (Full size $34)
I know, I know this doesn’t contain charcoal but it works very similar.
Claims: Detox, purifies, and brighten the skin.
-Goes on smoothly.
-Has an underlining smell of Charcoal.
-Make sure you apply a generous amount other wise the mask will be hard to peel off in one go.
-Easy to use.
-I can’t tell if it makes my skin more luminous but my skin is softer.
-It does a good job absorbing oil and dirt.
-If you use this after steaming your face or after a hot shower, this product can act as a pore strip. It has removed a few of my blackheads before, but not always.
Overall: I really like this product. It’s worth the high price tag.
Freeman Facial Polishing Mask- Charcoal & Black Sugar ($4)
Claims: The Activated Charcoal will help absorb oil and impurities without over-drying while the Black Sugar will help exfoliate away dull skin cells for softness and clarity. Perfect for all skin types.
-I’ve used this with a dried face and a wet face (while in the shower) and I found that this goes on more evenly if your face is wet.
-It smells almost like the Pomegranate Peel Off mask but not as strong. A little chemically, not the most pleasant smell.
– The mask has a warming sensation.
-The sugar wasn’t harsh on the skin, but make sure to wet your hand and face a little before scrubbing.
– The sugar slowly melts away while scrubbing.
-My skin felt super soft afterwards.
-It didn’t dry out my skin.
I really like this mask/exfoliant. I can feel my skin smoother and softer. Not to mention it’s cheap, contains a lot of product, and it’s effective.
A sneak peak into what will be in Part II:
Yes to tomatoes- Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser,
Yes to tomatoes- Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask,
Michael Todd- Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub,
Michael Todd- Charcoal Detox Gel Cleanser,
& a few other items.