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Charcoal sounds more like the stuff of a smoky grill than a radiant complexion—but in this mask from Dr. Jart+, active charcoal shows its stuff as a natural cleanser. This black sheet mask (presoaked in serum for easy application) delivers a blend of charcoal, spearmint extract, and arginine to purify and tighten pores without irritating skin.
Disclaimer: I love Dr. Jart products and when I decided to repurchase my faves it was a no-brainer to grab the charcoal sheet mask. And hey, it was free.
I'm not usually a mask kinda gal ( I ain't got time fo that), but as I said, I'm familiar with and like Dr. J products, and charcoal is the newest face rage (and it was free), so I made time for this.
It's pretty easy to use: start with a clean face, open the envelope and line-up the holes in the black mask with the ones on your face. My 9 yo son said I looked like a bank robber. I thought I looked like a character from American Horror Story...I digress. So I sat on the edge of the tub soaking my toes for 15 minutes while the kid read to me from his joke book and I let the mask do it's work.
Mostly you smell (and sorta feel) the spearmint. I guess the charcoal must be super finely ground or part of the material of the mask. I had no idea it was there - no black marks or grittiness.
When the time was up (and following the directions) I pulled the mask off, disposed of it, and massaged the remaining product into my skin. My skin felt dewey (a tad tacky) and refreshed. Normally I would wear a moisturizer to bed, but since I was trying out the new product I went to be bare-faced. In the moringing I did a close inspection...my pores did seem smaller. My skin felt smooth, not dry (or tacky).
The price is alot cheaper than going to a spa to have a pore-reducing facial, and hey, this was FREE.
This was an interesting sample. I really liked the way my face felt after using. I've never used anything like it before. I felt my pores were smaller after. Face felt great.4
This mask was easy to apply and get off. I loved the peppermint smell and it took away my blackheads. I will be buying more.5
So amazing - my skin felt great after one use. I would definitely use this product again. I would have enjoyed getting more than one sample!5
Easy to use and my skin feels super soft now. It made my skin feel a little oily a couple hours later though. I haven't seen a different in my pores but I've only done it once..4
This product is incredibly comfortable, easy to use and works like a dream. I tend to have relatively sensitive skin and not only did it work well it didn't bother my skin at all!5
Dr jart is the man so this is the mask, works wonders I couldn't be more impressed, will inspire hoarding and also envy, envy usually costs a lot more than this...5
I have used fabric masks before so I was familiar with the application - my husband likes to poke fun at me when I wear one and the dog won't come near me. This mask sample was no exception, but they'll get over it. I would use this again if only for the scent - it was very refreshing and soothing. I cannot say for sure if there were any lasting benefits for my skin as I've only used it twice so far (tip: don't throw the mask away after using it. Put it in a zipper bag and save it - there's still a good amount of product left on it, so get as many miles out of it as possible!). However, my skin did feel softer and I didn't have any break outs afterwards which is a good thing. I would recommend this.4
It was my first time using a mask that was actual fabric soaked with the treatment that you just leave on. I guess my skin looked a little nicer, but I can't tell if that was just from the serum that was on it. I did break out, but I have a tendency to do that whenever I try new skincare products on my face.3
I found it awkward to apply and use since it is a paper mask instead of a something I can apply myself. I'm not a fan of doing masks this way so I didn't like the product but you might.2