Welcome to Face Mask Friday. It is time once again to take fifteen to twenty minutes to relax, destress and just let everything go.
On Wednesday my Vella Box subscription arrived and so I had a brand new candle to try out. This one is in the fragrance Cactus and Jade from Roam Botanicals. I’ll cover the details of the company and such when I review the box, but when lit the candle was a nice lightly floral scent that is perfect for today.
But what mask did I pair this lovely new candle with?
Today I went with the Pure Heals by Nature Village Pore Clear Black Charcoal peel off mask. It was in this month’s IPSY box and so I thought I’d give it a try. According to the product information page…
This mask is formulated with activated charcoal, which dives deep into your pores to clear out blackheads, impurities, and dead skin. We love the immediate effects of this mask. Once you peel it off, your skin is visibly smoother and tighter. If you’re on the oily side, this mask also minimizes shine and shuts down the appearance of pores. K-beauty obsessed? You’re gonna want to add PUREHEALS to your list of Korean skincare brands to love.
So on to the face it goes. I have to say I did just pick up a tool that is the reason I chose this mask to begin with. It is one of those little silicone spatula brushes. It was less than a dollar so I added it on to my Amazon purchase a while ago. It just came on Monday so this was my first use of it. I think it may be the best dollar I have ever spent on a product. It made applying the mask so much easier. There was less waste and a lot less mess.
I felt a little extra for adding it because it is technically unnecessary, but I have to say I will get this one or one just like it again when this wears out (as the brush part is already kind of loose in the ferrule I know it won’t be lasting all that long). There is no name brand and it really was the cheapest one I could find since I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I love it and may order a sturdier one to make sure I have one around for masks at all times.
But on to the mask. As it is a charcoal mask, it looks like black tar as it comes out of the tube. And as a consequence I look like a very inept bank robber with the mask on. The mask smelled very chemically which I wasn’t a fan of. The scent dissipated pretty quickly though and what remained was overpowered and subdued by my candle. The mask dried and like all peel off masks the hour of reckoning was at hand.
The mask needed to be removed.
Here’s the thing with me and peel off masks. I always expect them to work in a similar fashion to the pore strips you can get to put on your nose. Personally I am partial to the Biore charcoal pore strips. Some of them do, and some of them don’t. But most of the pore cleansing ones do something.
For example the Formula 10 charcoal peel off mask doesn’t peel off blackheads like a pore strip but it brings everything to the surface so the clogs can leave the skin instead of being stuck beneath it in little bumps that never seem to want to rise and be dealt with. At least on me. Others do act as giant pore strips. An example of that is the Hell Pore mask (which is sold on beautynetKorea if you are looking for it, I’ve not had much luck finding it anywhere else). I tried a tube of it a while ago. It acts exactly like a giant pore strip. It is also called the most painful peel off mask for a reason. Still AMAZINGLY clear pores (so figure out where you lie on the beauty-pain debate before you try it but I’ll link the site below).
I wasn’t entirely certain where on the scale this pore mask would lie but when it was dry, it had to come off.
On the pain scale it was about midrange for peel off masks. The more sensitive areas hurt more. The thing is, it didn’t really seem to do much other than cause pain. It wasn’t like a pore strip and it didn’t bring the bumps of clogged pores to the surface. It was pain with no gain. (and not in the pro-dieting sort of way).
So now I have red patches that will soon calm down once my skin is over the affront of being peeled for no reason, but I personally didn’t see the benefit in this particular mask. It is not a favorite.
If I’m going for a charcoal peel off mask, I will take the gentle draw to the surface of the Formula 10 or the more scorched earth policy of the Hell Pore over the Pure heals. Maybe some of you out there will have better luck with this than I have, but this is not the mask for me.
If you do want to look into the Hell Pore, the only place I’ve managed to find it consistently is on BeautyNet Korea (link below) Just search Hell Pore and it’ll come up. I cried when I peeled it off (literally cried, that is not a figure of speech, there were real tears) but it it did draw everything out. It’s kind of the nuclear option for clogged pores. And after that first time I ended up using it in patches instead of doing a full face each time I used it. And even then I used it sparingly. You are warned.