Skin Republic Charcoal face mask review

May 16, 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard that charcoal is one of this years beauty trends. But is it a fad? Well today’s guest post should enlighten you. It’s written by my fab sister Rafia, who reviewed Skin Republic’s Bubble Purifying and Charcoal face mask sheet. Enjoy…

So I’ve just been testing out the Bubble Purifying and Charcoal face mask sheet from the Skin Republic range.  I have to admit, I’ve never tried a sheet mask before, so this was a totally new experience for me.  This mask is made from activated charcoal and fruit acids, which bubbles and foams on contact with skin and claims to remove impurities and exfoliates dead skin cells to give bright luminous complexion.  All encouraging words!

The mask came in a tear open packaging and it had really clear instruction on use on the back – straight forward and nothing complicated so that was perfect.  Before I opened the wrap it felt as though the mask inside would be a solid rubber like sheet, but I was surprised to see it was in fact a very thin, felt-like fabric sheet with cut out holes for eyes, nose and mouth.  It was a bit tricky to unfold the mask as I was worried I might tear it, so I was very careful in handling it.  The smell is pleasant and not too strong.

Charcoal face masks – hack or whack?

I applied it to a clean face as suggested, making sure to avoid the eye area.  However after the sheet foamed up and became a bit heavier, it did start to slide down a bit so I had to adjust it a few times to ensure it stayed put!

foaming charcoal sheet mask review

When I first put the mask on, there was a tingly feeling, an almost burning sensation.  This alarmed me as I have sensitive skin, and it did advise to do a test prior to using the product which of course I ignored!  I was concerned it might make me all red and blotchy.  However this feeling stopped after about 5 minutes and I was relieved.

I took the mask off after 15 minutes and washed my face off with clean water.  My skin felt really squeaky clean. I then applied my regular moisturiser and my skin looked and felt soft.

I would definitely use this mask again, and although in the past fruit acids have reacted to my sensitive skin, this one didn’t, so I am now open to trying products that contain this in the future.  I have to admit though, that although my skin felt squeaky clean and soft, I didn’t see any visible glow which I was hoping for.

But on a more positive note, unlike other products containing charcoal, such as the Garnier Pure active Charcoal scrub/mask which goes on black and makes a massive mess in the bathroom, I was pleasantly surprised this mask foamed up white and left me with no mess to clean up afterwards.  So, this definitely gets thumps up for that!


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