Friday 8 August 2014

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Review

Hey lovelies, 
I've never been a major skincare junkie, but just over a month ago I noticed that my skin wasn't looking as clear as usual, so I decided to take action. I'm not sure whether it was just a hormonal thing, the fact that I'd been working full-time in the city, or my diet, but for some reason my skin just felt quite clogged up. I've been using this Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, £23 for the past few weeks and have been thoroughly impressed with it, so I thought I'd share my thoughts! 
The active charcoal in this mask is designed to draw out any dirt which may be clogging your pores, whilst white china clay helps to absorb any environmental pollutants and lecithin helps to dissolve any impurities. 

Origins recommend first using a hot, damp towel to open your pores before applying the mask. After this I apply quite a thick layer all over my face and then wait for it to dry, which usually takes around 10-15 minutes (perfect opportunity to shave your legs!). As the mask hardens, it does become quite tight, which I personally like as it feels like it is really getting into your pores and giving you a really thorough cleanse. When it comes to removing the mask, I use either a damp flannel or a muslin cloth and despite the mask being almost black, it's really easy to rinse it out under the tap so don't worry too much about ruining them. After I've rinsed it off I like to pat my skin dry with a towel and then apply a really rich moisturiser, lately I've been using the Elemis Hydra-Nourish Night Cream, £42.

Every time I use this mask my skin is left feeling really soft, brighter and most importantly really intensely cleansed, so if your skin has been looking a bit dull lately I would definitely recommend giving this a try. 

Have you tried any Origins products?


  1. I keep meaning to buy this, but I keep putting it off. Defiantly in need of this at the moment!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    1. I know what you mean, it took me forever to get around to buying it but I'm glad I did :) xx

  2. I love trying new face masks, may have to invest in this :)
    How many uses do you think you'll get out of this?

  3. I've heard so many good things about Origins, I may have to pop to the shops soon to try this one out!

  4. This sounds like a really nice mask to brighten up the skin but I've never used or heard any of my friends talk about Origins so I'll have to ask around!

  5. My skin has been horrific recently, I've been itching to try this as my current mask tube is coming to an end, I'll definitely have to try it! I live in the city and whenever I go away it improves, so I've come to the conclusion the pollution is definitely not doing it good.

    Catherine xx

  6. Have been looking for a product like this one, Think I have been eating too much junk, might really have to try this product.

    I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award!