Over the past year, the exquisite use of charcoal as a skincare ingredient has graced my facial consciousness and made me a believer. I used to think charcoal was just those little black squares that you throw in a grill and douse with lighting fluid. I've come to realize its far superior use as a skin purifying treatment with products like Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask, (1.7 oz/$19.50).
Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask deeply detoxifies skin of harmful micropollutants in two ways: (1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries; (2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), used this formula once or twice a week for skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing.
This product is a facial mask with a dual purpose. The use of charcoal lifts out the gunk and goo that tends to build in your pores and the clays absorb other oily gunks. When the mask is gently exfoliated away, it takes nasty impurities and bacteria with it. I've found charcoal to be an ingredient that pulls every nasty thing beneath my skin's surface out, cleanses and clarifies the pores, and dries up the oily residue. It's perfect for acneic skin as well as my dry skin.
My skin never feels cleaner than when I use a charcoal cleanser or mask. I love it. I love this mask. First I apply it, concentrating mainly on the cheeks and T-zone because that's where I see my pores starting to enlarge now.
I can, and should, put this all over the face but I concentrate so much on the area you see above that I forget to get to the outer of my face by my hair. You can see it begins drying immediately. You don't have to wait long. The suggested time to leave it on is five minutes.
In just about a minute, I look like an extra on The Walking Dead.
The ingredients are, (from the website):
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Kaolin, Bentonite, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Charcoal Powder, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb™) Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Once it is dry, I take my hands, or a washcloth, get it wet and rinse the excess off while rubbing lightly here or there, wherever I feel needs it and my face comes out squeeky clean. My yuck spots are clean and closed up, and I don't have any excess oil. My skin never feels softer than when I use a charcoal treatment.
Derma E is a fragrance-free line, allergy tested, formulated by doctors and clinically tested for efficacy. There is a whole brand new Derma E line called Purifying and you should be able to find them locally at Target , Ulta and Whole Foods. You can find the brand online at Derma E's website, Drugstore.com, Target, Amazon, and Ulta.
If you want to remove deeply rooted toxins fom your skin, exfoliate, oxygenate and promote healing, I would highly recommend this product for cleaner glowing skin. I love charcoal in my skin care!!! It's one of my favorite ingredients because it is SO good for skin and I notice a huge difference in the health of my skin when I use it. You can learn more about the company on their website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. You may follow their latest skincare tips and information on their blog.
Have you tried skincare products with charcoal? What is your experience with it? What is your favorite Derma E product?