Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

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When I was younger, every single face mask used to break me out terribly. So much, that I stopped using masks for a really long period of time.

As a fan of Origins, I decided to purchase their Clear Improvement Active charcoal mask to clear pores which is suitable for oily/combination skin types and to give it a try. It didn’t disappoint, actually, after several weeks of using it, my boyfriend told me that my skin was looking better and better and asked what was the secret. Well, I guess it’s hidden exactly in this face mask because it’s the only thing that I changed in my skincare routine.

The mask comes in a tube, the product is having thick consistency and is basically clay. In fact, ”active charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers , white China clay absorbs environmental toxins, lecithin dissolves impurities”. Origins suggest that we use it as often we need it and open pores with warm, moist towel before applying the mask. I use the product once a week and I find it best to take a shower before applying it, I just wash my face with a cleanser while I’m in the shower, go out, apply the face mask and wait for it to completely dry, then wash it off. It’s better to warm the mask between your palms first, otherwise it will stay too streaky on your face. The first seconds, it feels stingy on your face but definitely not burning. When it starts to dry, you just feel your pores tighten a bit but it’s not an unpleasant or painful experience at all. The best thing is that it didn’t break me out, not even the first time!

As a result, my skin is soft and smoother, pores are less visible (I have a huge problem with this) and my T-zone isn’t as oily as before. I really like this face mask and I think I’m not so scared of masks anymore.

Have you tried this product and which face masks for combination skin would you recommend?

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