Charcoal Mask Pack by Kina Cosmetics

Charcoal Mask Pack by Kina Cosmetics is a purifying and soothing charcoal mask that is meant to be used for those with more oily and acne prone skin types. I fount it in the local TKmaxx shop and decided to take it home for vigorous testing 🙂

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ Pack of 5 Facial Masks
❇ Made in South Korea
❇ A purifying sheet mask that is formulated with a blend of Activated Charcoal and seven skin-loving botanicals that work to detoxify and cleanse pores, while firming and hydrating skin.

Directions from the manufacturer:
  • Ensure skin is cleansed and toned
  • Remove sheet mask from sachet
  • Gently apply mask ensuring a smooth fit over contours of face
  • Leave on for approximately 20 minutes
  • Remove sheet mask and pat in remaining essence into skin
Ingredients:

Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) flower extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root extract, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis root extract, Butylene glycol, Carbomer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, Ethanol, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Charcoal Powder

My experience:
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Not all of my experiences with the charcoal (black) masks were pleasant. More than half of the products from this category are tossed into the bin. Luckily today is not the case. Since this particular mask came only in the set I was obliged to buy the 5 pack that worried me a bit. Luckily it does a good job on my skin so  I can keep using the rest of masks without any problems.

The sheet of the mask is black and veeery soft and flexible. It is medium thick and fits like a glove. The adherence is very good too. Essence of this mask is a bit milky yet transparant and it feels like a good ampoule would feel. It has a bit of slip to it but there is no droopiness at all. the scent of the sheet is very pleasant and it smells of lemons and lavender. A die hard combination for bath lovers. It is very relaxing and airy which I like a lot.

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I wore the mask for 20 minutes and it came off damp. I presume I could pull another 10 minutes out of it but I didn’t think it was necessary at the time. My skin was looking very fresh and bright. The small lines have disappeared  off my face for an entire day and my skin remained baby smooth. I only used the sunscreen afterwards. What I noticed at the end of the day is that my skin had produced significantly less oil than what it normally does when it is so hot outside. The only product that was new to my routine was this particular mask.

I must investigate it a bit more to see if it is actually the case with this sheet mask or was attributed to something else such as hormones 🙂

Pros:
+ Alcohol and Sulfate free formulation
+ Contains charcoal powder and allantoin
+ Packed with natural herbal extracts and oils
+ Great fit  and adherence on my face
+ Amazing skin soothing and brightening results

Cons:
– Contains paraben
– Hard to find in the stores and online
– Not sold as single sheets

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇ Internationally: Available at  kinacosmetics
❇ Price is 12$ for the 5-pack

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂

polish’d Detoxifying Charcoal Sheet Mask

Today’s mask still remains a big mystery for me. Why? Well I can not find any information on the polish’d Detoxifying Charcoal Sheet Mask in terms of manufacturer’s website, places where to buy it online nor the ingredients of it. What I have is the packaged sheet with the basic claims, instructions how to use it and some warnings.

Claims from the manufacturer:

Minimize the appearance of your pores and brighten your skin with the detoxifying charcoal mask, while also removing blackheads, impurities, and excess oils. (Original grammar and punctuation from the pack are intact)

Directions from the manufacturer:

For best results thoroughly  clean face, removing any makeup prior to applying the mask. Evenly pat the sheet mask onto the face using your fingers. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Remove the facial mask and massage the remaining serum into the face until it is fully absorbed.

WARNING: For external use only. Do not use on irritated, broken, swollen, sunburned, sensitive, excessively dry or acne prone skin. The pore purifying results may feel intense when removing the mask. To lessen the intensity, peel the mask off from the forehead to the chin in a downward motion. (Original grammar and punctuation from the pack are intact)

Ingredients:

Not available

My experience:

Oh boy, was I in for a ride with this one. So many surprises in one mask! Once I took it out of the pack I first thought it was just regular black charcoal sheet what is quite popular nowadays. Nop! The mask itself was made from standard white stretchy cotton and had a plastic coating that needed to be removed once applied on the face.(B.t.w. it would be nice if it was to be mentioned in the directions part on the mask).  The sheet was coated in black colored serum. Another surprise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was sniffing it like a hound before I could sense mild lavender fragrance.  So one ingredient besides the water and charcoal is discovered! I applied it onto my face noticing how narrow the cutouts for the eyes and mouth were. Application process was short, mask went on perfectly. Adherence was excellent.  I did get the serum into my eye and it turned red immediately. I gently patted my eye off with cotton ball soaked in water and the unpleasant burning feeling was quickly gone.

I kept this mask on for 20 full minutes  but it felt like I could go much longer with it on my face. I didn’t want to take the gamble and removed it according to what it said on the pack. While wearing it I managed to scare my hubby so he is not speaking to me now.

After I removed it off my face it had residue of black particles all over my face. According to the manufacturer I was supposed to leave it like that. No thank you! So I rinsed the black goo off and inspected my face. My skin was much smoother. I get the same feeling after my peeling by Philosophy. Something in it is definitely of acid origin! In terms of brightening, it lightened my face a bit, but not much.

Do I like this product? Not sure yet. We’ll see tomorrow if I get any breakouts from it as it said on the pack it is not suitable for acne prone skin.

Pros:
+ Unique masking experience
+ Nice sleek front of the packaging
+ Suitable for oily skin
+ Smooths and brightens the skin

Cons:
– Back of the packaging is missing the ingredients
– Didn’t like the stinging of the serum in my eye
– Not suitable for all the skin types
– Contains fragrance
– No information available on the manufacturer of this product
– Needs rinsing off
– Quite drying for the skin

Where to buy:
❇ NL and BE: TKmaxx shops
❇ Internationally: TKmaxx webshop
❇ Price is 6€ per 5 pack

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati 🙂