Beauty Review: Charcoal Pore Strip Masks

I'm not usually one for "New Year's Resolutions". Unattainable goals that we cast aside less than a month in. But this year, I've decided on one that I think I'll be able to keep up. It's (basically) taking better care of my skin.

I'm not one who minds the thought or onset of wrinkles. They're smile lines. Road maps to the life I've lived. But I am (almost) 34 years old and have noticed some significant changes to my skin over the last few years.

Where I used to have strictly an oily complexion, it's changed to very much combination skin. I still tend to have break outs (whether because of a hormone change or when I know I've been bad at going to bed with makeup on), have discoloration and dry patches.

Now I've been MUCH better at not going to bed with makeup on. That really has been step number one. And I'm making a goal to increase my water intake more (gotta stay hydrated even in the winter months). So the last step is finding facial products that work for me and my skin - moisturizers, exfoliates, lip balms (pictured are a few of the products I've been trying lately).

I've been a user of Biore strips for years. Forehead, nose, chin....I was born with large pores and being an avid makeup wearer (and known sweater), Biore helps pull that last bit of oils out that exfoliates can't reach. So when the new fad of charcoal pore strip masks came onto the market! Hallelujah! Now I can clean out those craters anywhere on my face!

There are so many brands out there I basically searched "charcoal peel mask" into Amazon and this is what I came up with. I didn't realize when I bought it that it would be coming from China (China mainland requires products to be tested on animals and I try hard to avoid supporting companies who do - future blog). But this is what I have so figured give it a try and go with a different company next time around.

I've used it a few times now. Sometimes just across my nose, sometimes with cheeks...chin...forehead....etc. The trick has been to apply a thick enough product. Sure you don't want to be wasteful and too much makes the product drip like big black boogers. (Yuck I know). If you apply too thin it flakes more than peels.

You also want to make sure to peel UPwards. I'm sure there is something scientific/biologic about the way pores face, pulling out the gunk, etc. I just know that it's the tip I've heard from beauty bloggers, and the time I pulled sideways I didn't get nearly as much "gunk" as I knew was in there.

I only use it once every few weeks - I don't want to aggravate or irritate my pores. It's just one piece of a larger "Better Skin Care Regiment" that I'm trying for the new year.


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