If you had to take a peek inside my bathroom you would find a shelf dedicated solely to face masks – rows and rows of creamy formulas, sheets, exfoliating powder mixes, mud packs and gel peel-off masks. The answer to your question is a resounding yes – I do use all of these masks. In my opinion, a well cared for women (or metrosexual man) should have the ability to select a mask for that particular day to suit their specific needs. The same way you would decide on your favourite pair of shoes to compliment your outfit for that day. A charcoal-based mask, such as this one from Dermalogica, will purify and detoxify your skin.
Although charcoal might seem like an unlikely ingredient in a facial care product, it actually provides a number of amazing benefits for your skin. The activated Binchotan charcoal (known as white charcoal) found in this rescue mask is derived from Japanese Oak. It draws bacteria to the surface of the skin, while the sulphur aids in oil control, dries out existing blemishes and promotes cell turnover by helping shed dead skin cells. The great thing about this fast-acting Dermalogica mask is that not only does the powerful addition of charcoal work as a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil, but the inclusion of volcanic ash and alpha hydroxy acid encourages dual-action exfoliation.
This mask has also been formulated with Niacinamide, which reduces congestion and improves skin’s elasticity, while Chilean wild mint was incorporated for its purifying and anti-inflammatory properties. These ingredients amalgamate into a potent mask that will knock your socks off.
I’ve been blown away by the instantaneous results this phenomenal, albeit strongly-scented mask bestows on your skin. The moment I wash off the last traces of clay and pat my face dry, I notice my skin appears brighter and softer, while my pores visibly tighter and less noticeable. It offers gentle exfoliation and when used as a fortnightly or monthly treat (this stuff ain’t cheap) it ‘rescues’ your skin from breakouts, sensitivity and dullness. If you feel the need to splurge, you can pop into a Dermalogica concept store or a Sorbet Salon and purchase one of these masks for R790.
Yes, while the price might be something to baulk at, I need to point out that Dermalogica never gets it wrong with their skincare products. There’s a reason they’ve been around for 30 years. If you want to take better care of your skin and have the cash to burn then Dermalogica will be the perfect brand to seek out. You can hop on over to one of their concept stores, where they’ll offer you a complimentary 10-minute skin mapping session. It’s well worth it.