Charcoal - yes I'm talking about the type (well, a very similar thing) you use to stoke up your BBQ or heater - is brilliant for clearing up oily, blemish prone skin. See, when it comes to skincare sometimes natural ingredients are the best ingredients and Origins have hit the nail on the head with their range of face masks inspired by natural ingredients and remedies for skin complaints.
I much prefer face masks packaged in a tube over those packaged in pots and sachets, they're really easy to control how much you use and you can (in most cases, packaging depending) see how much you've used. The Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is packaged inside an easy to use squeezable tube, its light enough to travel and thanks to its opaque design you can see when you need to stock up on another tube.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Mask has a clay-based formula that's soft to the touch at first and tightens against the skin as it dries, I usually wear mine for around ten minutes before rinsing with warm water. The mask doesn't dry uncomfortably tight, just enough to 'feel' it working, so I say sit back and relax with the mask on - make a hot drink, watch television, perhaps do some blogging (my favourite method).
In case you're worrying about the mask having a very potent scent of charcoal, as was I before my first use, I can promise you it has a pleasant scent with only mild tones of charcoal. It's definitely not overpowering or makes the mask difficult to wear; if you have any concerns about scent definitely pop in store and sniff the sample bottle for yourself!
I can't sing the praises for this mask highly enough, noticeable results are achieved after just one use and the long-term benefits are astounding. On the first use I found my skin to look really clean and peachy, to the touch it felt totally oil free and really soft. Replenished and purified would be a good way to describe the post-mask feeling. With long term use (one or two times a week, at most) my pores are reduced, blackheads are near eradicated and my skin is virtually oil-free for at least five days after use.
If you're looking for a weekly treatment to help control oil and/or blemishes then the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask will really give you the results you're after, it did for me at least and now it's a firm regular in my skincare routine.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask retails for £20/100ml from Origins stockists such as John Lewis and Boots or directly from the Origins website.