Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: Rave Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rave Review: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

Let me start off with: You need this mask. It is the most effective mask for clogged pores/breakouts I've EVER used, and I've used a lot of them. Keep reading for the details!

 What Origins says about this product:
When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, skin looks cloudy. Nature's complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief."

How to use: Once a week or as often as needed, open pores with warm, moist towel and layer mask on. Allow to dry, rinse well. Watch your skin shake off the shroud of dullness and take on a new clarity.

Best for all skin types

My Take: They have come up with a miracle mask. I loved the way the Boscia charcoal mask worked, but its pretty steep. I'll compare those below as always! Anyways, I opened the top to check the consistancy. When you hear charcoal, you think dry, scrubby, or grimy. This is completely the opposite. It is thick and rich, reminding me of a mix of a super-thick body butter and toothpaste. Yes, that thick. I first tested it on my wrist. You should always do this with products if you are prone to allergies or have sensitive skin! It was easy to manuever, the thick mask easily smoothed over my skin. Tested beautifully, so onto my face it went! Its a really neat dark navy/gray color!

How I used it:
Going on, it was cool and refreshing. This doesn't have a strong scent at all, which I actually find very pleasant. You guys are probably going to laugh at me, but it smelled like sourdough bread straight from the oven, not like the fire pit I had envisioned. 
Here comes the good part: watching it work. I felt it starting to tug a bit, the perfect signal its working. If you feel nothing on your skin when you apply a mask, I feel like it doesn't get deep enough. As it kept penetrating my skin, it tightened a lot. It felt amazing, not painful at all. Here are the pictures right before I washed it off:

Did it work?: So, this is going to be a bit TMI, but I had to tell you guys. It got so deep into my pores that it extracted a blemish. Yes. I'm serious. It literally pulled it out of my face. I have NEVER experienced anything like this. I was in shock and overjoyed. My nose looked visibly cleared and my skin was very smooth and soft. I thought with how strong the mask was my skin might be upset with me, but I guess it liked it as much as I do!

Verdict: Amazing. Absolutely and completely a must-have for me now. I am also going to try this as a spot treatment! I'm not the only one who thinks it works great either. Origins is one of the awesome websites that allows you to review products and this one is 5/5 stars and 95% of customers would recommend it! If you research products like me, then you know how rare that is! Looking at my skin today, I even think it has brightened my skin tone up. I've been sick so I've been breaking out, thanks to this my skin is absolutely on the road to recovery!

Where to purchase and specifics: You can pick this up in an Origins store or online HERE. You get this mask in a 3.4oz size, it doesn't take much so this is many applications. The price is $21.00 for this size.  If you have been hearing the buzz about Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask, then I bet you've wanted to try it. Now let's compare!

Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask: $34 for 2.8oz
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: $21 for 3.4oz

Big difference in ounces and price! WOO! 

Have you used this product? Do you plan on trying it? What other Origins products are you wondering about?

* I was sent this product for review, however that in no way impact this or any other product I review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy above!


  1. That is to amazing ! Wish I had the money to spend on the mask ! My pores need help !

  2. Ok, so the TMI part is what makes me really interested in this mask so thanks for that!! I think it's what we all want in a mask right? I do...nice review


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