Charcoal infused products can be found everywhere now. In your toothpaste, in your water and of course in your favorite peeling face masks too. Boscia is an incredible brand known for its plant based products and a beautiful approach to skincare solutions. I put this Sephora favorite to the test, read on to find out more.
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This mask was sent to me complimentary in exchange for a review from Influenster. I absolutely love using this service to try new products and show you guys what works and what doesn’t. It takes the partnerships out of the equation, so you can rely on the fact that most people are going to be very honest about if the product works or doesn’t.
The application directions suggest applying a very thick, opaque layer to the areas of concern on your face. Sephora’s website claims this mask is “An innovative, powerful, mineral-rich mask infused with activated charcoal that peels off to reveal a brighter, more clarified complexion.” It’s meant for all skin types, and it’s recommended that you avoid your eye area, hairline or lips. Once applied, leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes. Always run a test patch before fully testing the product to avoid allergies, skin sensitivity or any other awful reaction. Beauty shouldn’t be pain, please test before trying on your face!
(me feat. sloppy mask application and crazy eyes – it was late guys, please forgive me)
Ingredients list from Sephora’s Website:
-Activated Charcoal: Absorbs impurities and excess oil, detoxifies, and exfoliates to refine the appearance of pores.
-Calcium Montmorillonite Clay: Absorbs excess oil, impurities, and toxins, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and minimizes the appearance of pores instantly and over time.
-Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Glucoside): Helps brighten skin tone and minimize fine lines as it defends against free radical damage.
-Maritime Pine Bark Extract: Improves skin elasticity and hydration, helping to prevent the first signs of aging; provides antioxidant soothing benefits.
Full Ingredient List:
Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Diglycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Charcoal Powder, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).
So, Do I Love It?
I definitely recommend leaving this mask on for the full 30 minutes to get the most out of the peeling effect, and I did notice that my skin did look much brighter on the areas of application. I’ve reacted to charcoal peeling masks in the past, but this one didn’t cause me to break out so I’m very, very thankful for that. Honestly, I wasn’t really impressed too much with this mask. Tough, peeling masks like this just appear to rip out all my little baby hairs and take off some dead skin. Removing dead skin cells is awesome, but I have other exfoliating tools like my Hangsun Electric Face Brush SC200 does. I will continue to use this face mask as replacement for pore strips. I kind of like the sensation on my nose, but didn’t notice it removed much besides small patches of dead skin.
All in all, if you’re looking to purchase a black charcoal infused face mask this isn’t a bad product. It is a little harsh though, so sensitive skinned people please be careful!
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