The Science Behind Beauty

By Juliet O.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Detoxify | Could this be perfect for oily skin? The L'Oréal Pure Glow Charcoal Clay Mask (Review + Demo)


Hi guys I'm back with another review and this time it is the L'Oréal Pure Glow Charcoal Clay Mask. It was my first time trying this and I feel like I'm so late to trying out charcoal products but I'm so glad I am finally reviewing it. There are DIY masks you can make with some charcoal powder but as I'm a newbie to this, I decided to start off with using one of the pre-made formulas I found in the drugstore! So if you would like to know the science behind 'charcoal' keep on reading!


The Science Behind Activated Charcoal 

Activated charcoal is used in medical emergencies, its used to treat many drug overdoses! When a person ingests a large amount of toxic substances, it is sometimes used to stop the substance from being absorbed from the stomach into the body, which can be severe and life threatening. 

It also has become widely available in cosmetics, because of it's ability to soak up unwanted toxins, chemicals and bacteria from the skin. It is also very porous and is able to trap millions of these substances into its tiny pores. It is also used to treat insect bites and to remove unwanted substances that are found in your skin, thats how potent it is!


My First Impressions:

My first impression of this product was really good! It's a really compact size (50ml) and comes in a glass jar. I thought it'd have a weird smell, but it actually smells nice, wth a light fragrance. It has a grey, black colour and the consistency is quite thick and it spreads easily, but it does dry very quickly, so you have to apply it to your face quite quickly. I also noticed that a little goes a long way, I used about a teaspoon amount and it was enough to cover my entire face.

In regards to the price, I purchased this for £7.99, which I think is a reasonable price, as I've used it once and it seems almost unused. I also like the fact that it has a jar lid and a cover inside, it really will help to maintain its freshness


Applying The Charcoal Clay Mask:

So after applying the charcoal mask to my skin, it dried with 20-25 minutes which was quite quick. Within 5 minutes, I felt it drying already and my skin felt tight and it was quite interesting watching it activated on my skin as it started to change to a lighter grey colour. I was definitely amazed at its drying potential and it looked like a visible chemical reaction was happening on my face.

Applying the L'Oréal pure glow charcoal clay face mask
Step 1. Dampen face and apply a generous teaspoon size dollop all over. (Please note* it dries quickly)


Washing of the L'Oréal clay face mask
Step 2. Take if off with wet face sponges in circular motions.

Review of L'Oréal pure glow face mask
3. Wash off with luke warm water and towel- dry.

Skin results after using  L'Oréal pure glow face mask
4. Lightly apply a water-based cream and a oil. (See below what I used)

Final Review:

After washing it off, I could immediately see my pores were really cleansed. Not only could I see a difference, I could feel a difference too. It really did feel like the mask soaked up all the impurities out of my skin, including any oil and moisture present. After touching my skin, I could feel it was quite dry, so I quickly applied the Aloe soothing day cream and the Inner Senses 7 Wonders Panacea Oil to add and seal in the moisture. My skin usually gets quite dry, so a soothing moisturiser is always a must for me!

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Would I use it again?

Yes I would, I have to be careful not to use it too often because it is very drying. But I will keep it handy, for when I have a lot of oil build- up on my skin and need a super- deep cleanse. At the moment, I imagine I would reach for it, every 10-14 days. And in the summer months, I would happily use it more frequently.

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Who would benefit from this?

I really think, someone with large pores and oily skin would love this! It really draws out impurities, so if you have acne and need something with bacteria and oil-attracting abilities definitely try it out and see if it works for you. I also did feel like it made my skin a lot firmer! 

Overall, I am very satisfied with this product! When judging it as a skin impurity extractor I would give it a score of 4/5. But bear in mind, this is based on my current skin state, which right now is on the dryer side. So although my impurities were drawn out, so was any moisture present. But with a great moisturiser I did find that it was able to restore the imbalance in my skin.

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I really enjoyed writing this post was really fun! It's actually my first time including pictures of me using the product and I think it might be a new thing on here. Please comment if you'd like to see more posts like this and I hope you liked this review! Love you lots Jx


Sources:
1. https://draxe.com/activated-charcoal-uses/
2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/activated-charcoal-uses-risks
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1306980/
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26 comments

  1. I have been using a charcoal mask too. They work really great!
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    1. Hi Courtney! Glad to hear its working well for you. Thanks for commenting! x

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  2. I am forever looking for a mask regimen. This seems like the perfect product. Thanks so much for a thorough review - will give it a try! xo Evelyn, PathofPresence.com

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    1. Hi Evelyn! It is a great product! Definitely give it a try and let me know how you get on xx

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  3. I have bought that for my mum for Christmas, and it turned out as she bought one already for herself before ! So it's definitely an amazing product! :D

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    1. Hi Justyna! Your mum's very lucky, now she has two! Thanks for commenting xx

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  4. I've still never tried one of these charcoal masks, but my skin could definitely use a bit of TLC. Putting it on the list of things to try. :)

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    1. Hi Stacy! Thanks for your comment! That was me, up until recently, I've only just gotten this mask too. But it was worth it, definitely give it a try and see if works for you. It's quite affordable too which is good! xx

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  5. I saw this in Ulta not too long ago and I wish that L'Oreal didn't test on animals because my oily skin needs all the help that it can get. I keep hearing this mask works so well for people that have oily skin!

    Lovely post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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    1. Hi Michelle! Maybe you can purchase the activated charcoal powder instead and make your own DIY face mask, that might work! It does really work well in removing oily build up on the skin. Thanks so much for commenting xx

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  6. First off let me start by saying, you my sweet are gorgeous!I do have oily skin and I finally found a cream that works for me by cien. I really enjoyed reading this post and I love the way you write x

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    1. Hi Kampala! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm really glad you enjoyed reading my post. I've heard great things about Cien too xx

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  7. This is one of my favorite drug store masks!

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    1. Hi Madeline! Thanks for commenting! It's definitely been a great addition to my skincare collection too xx

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  8. I've seen that mask at the store and wonder how it was. I need something that will clean my pores but not over dry my skin.

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    1. Hi Lucy! It definitely does work well at cleaning your pores but it's also very drying. You'll need a lot of face moisturiser after this! Maybe try a moisturising mask instead, that might be better suited for you xx

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  9. I have tried charcoal mask before and it felt amazing.
    Great to know about this.

    Much Love, Jane | The Bandwagon Chic
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    1. Hi Jane! Thanks for commenting! It really did feel amazing, definitely worth the try! xx

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  10. I love charcoal/clay masks - i'm happy to read Loreal made a great one!

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    1. Hi Tara! L'Oreal really did a great job with this one! Thanks for reading xx

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  11. I didn't know those first couple of facts you dropped about activated charcoal, woow. I'm using all natural skin care routine but no mask yet. Your face looks beautiful and fresh, may give this a try!

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    1. Hi Nadine! I'm glad you learnt something new. You can do a natural DIY mask too! Glad you liked the post & thank you for your lovely comment xx

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  12. I love activated charcoal.I have to give this a try. Glad that loreal is jumping on the health train. Glad they're using it for people who need help with drug overdoses. That's really cool.

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    1. Hi Roshanda! In skincare, activated charcoal powder is used differently as it's only applied onto the skin. Just wanted to add in some other uses as a fun fact! Thanks for commenting. xx

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  13. This is so detailed I love how you broke down the application and provided pictures as well.

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    1. Hi Keziah! I thought I'd try something a little different by adding a demo with pictures. Thank you for reading and glad you liked my post! xx

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