Beautycounter Review: Charcoal Purifying Mask



I’ve observed that every good skincare line has at least one knockout product. By knockout I mean you immediately love it. You have to have it. You’re literally knocked out by its awesomeness. That’s the way I felt about the Charcoal Purifying Mask by Beautycounter.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons I use & recommend it:

  1. It’s safe (see below for the Never List explanation)
  2. It exfoliates and draws out impurities
  3. It refines the appearance of pores
  4. Because of its soothing properties it can be used overnight as a spot treatment on blemishes
  5. It’s fun to use and makes me feel like I’m in college again – (ALERT: Possible TMI) Monday night 90210 followed by Melrose Place was the perfect time to put on a mask and paint my nails.

I noticed an immediate improvement in my skin after the first use. It’s also satisfying to see how the mask dries after a few minutes. My skin tends to be congested (clogged pores) around my nose. As the mask dries I can see it working on my blackheads. I am simultaneously repulsed, fascinated and satisfied because I can tell it’s working!

A Stitch In Time:  Apply a few minutes before showering. This way you can use the mask on your neck (an often neglected area for most of us) and not worry about the cleanup.

A Quick Aside:  I used to work for a high-end skin care line that had a mask that was similar in concept, more expensive and not as easy to apply.  You’ll probably be able to figure out which one by reading this post.

Here’s a little bit of background for those of you who are new to Beautycounter:

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. They also have a Never List. A quick trip to Beautycounter’s website reveals the following:

At Beautycounter, we’ve committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. Our Never List is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that we never use as ingredients in our products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

It’s mind boggling to me that there is so little regulation on personal care products in the United States. The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.


FULL DISCLOSURE / EDIT / UPDATE:  Since this post last November, I’ve joined the Beautycounter movement.  I’m not being paid for this post, however, if you choose to purchase Beautycounter through my site I will receive an income.  This does not change your cost and it helps compensate me for my blogging efforts.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

That’s all for now. I hope you’re able to take some time for yourself in the next few days. Maybe even enough time to treat yourself to a nice mask and leave a comment in the section down below?

Reconcile Your Style!

xo The FIH


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