We all remember the famous scene in Zoolander where the male model sported a charcoal mask. Who would have thought that he may have actually be on to something? Yes, the word from the skincare community is that charcoal is your skin's new best friend (digestable activated charcoal tablets are even trending right now). No surprise that Dermalogica picked up on this fad and incorporated it into a killer face mask that has everyone raving about the benefits. Here are the reasons why we love the new Charcoal Rescue Masque - we promise, you won't need nearly as many cotton balls as Derek.
It doubles as a mask and exfoliant.
When you reach the face washing portion of your mask, you'll find that your skin is also receiving its weekly dose of exfoliation. The volcanic ash, hot spring, marine silt (mud), and Bamboo stem extract are natural exfoliants that get rid of all the nastiness that builds up on your face.
It reduces redness and creates a healthy glow.
The masque contains niacinamide, which is known to reduce redness and inflammation - this means puffiness is going to be brought down significantly. On top of that, it contains a fair amount of sulfur, which promotes cellular turnover. Your skin is going to be baaaby soft.
It rids your skin of blackheads.
Everyone gets blackheads sometimes - which is why pretty much anyone can make decent use of this mask. The impurities in your skin end up attaching to the charcoal (along with any other toxins present) that will wash right off as soon as you rinse.
It's a great spot treatment for blemishes.
Charcoal is famous for its antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. If you're treating acne, this is going to reduce the size, timeline and general appearance of that nasty pimple. Fun fact: the sulfur present in the formula is also ideal for calming a number of other skin woes such as rosacea, eczema, and sebaceous dermatitis.
It addresses signs of aging.
There are three acids in this product: Phytic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid. All are chemical exfoliants that aid in cellular turnover, which means there will be an increase in collagen production. One of the best ways to maintain a youthful glow is to keep a steady flow of collagen production!
HOW TO USE:
Once you've finished cleansing, apply a thin layer to the face and throat while avoiding the eye area. After 7 to 10 minutes, lightly massage with wet hands to give your face a mini exfoliation. Rinse thoroughly.
TIP: A general rule of thumb is to wash your face when the mask lightens in color and before your skin starts feeling tight - the goal is to find a balance between drawing out impurities and stripping your skin of moisture.
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