12 Current Essentials – Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
There is a general misconception that people with eczema skin should do minimal cleansing – using just water or Cetaphil. For me, that is insufficient, especially in the summer.
I alternate between Cetaphil and cleansing foam regularly. Even when doing that I have black heads built up. Though they are tiny, they are not sparse either. This is where Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask comes into my skincare regimen.
Texture : It is a thick grey opaque cream when squeezed out of the tube, but applies matte after a minute or two, when it starts drying up on the skin. Once it’s dried up (within 5 minutes of application), any facial movement cause cracks on the mask (which is kind of funny, looking like a broken clay doll)
Application : It is moderately easy to apply a thick layer to damp skin. Given that I have very sensitive skin, I apply a thick layer only on my T-zone and round my mouth and spread thinly on my cheeks. It does sting slightly on damaged skin and wounds, but the stinging is tolerable and short-lived. I let it stay on for 8-10 minutes while I watch tv or surf the internet. I wash it off in running water afterwards.
Benefits : After washing off, my skin shines with immediate radiance. Blackheads are not cleaned up entirely but they look visibly less obvious. My already-near-invisible pores are made invisible to the naked eye. The skin feels soft and smooth. It helps with reducing budding acne as well.
Downsides : It cannot be applied during eczema flare-up. It takes courage to endure stinging on the entire face. It can be a bit messy if you don’t comb away your hair before applying the mask. But that’s not really important.
Overall : It’s a mask with cleansing properties mild enough to be used on sensitive skin (but not during eczema flare-up). It does not mop up all blackheads and acne in one application, but prolonged use will render smoother and clearer skin. I use it once a week on healthy skin after exfoliation. I tried once every two weeks. It wasn’t enough to keep black heads at bay. 4/5