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Introducing Charcoal to My Skincare Regime: One Month On

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Recently charcoal has been added into the strangest things; from skincare products to toothpaste to detoxifying drinks. I’m happy to drink Coke so why I found the black colour of Wow’s Dark Detox drink so off-putting remains a mystery. The bottom line is: clearly there are a lot of people out there who believe in the benefits of charcoal.

If anyone else has been wondering whether all this hype is justified, then I’m here to tell you that it is; well, on the skincare front at least. Just over a month ago I introduced three T-Zone Charcoal & Bamboo products into my skincare regime. I began using their Black Peel Off Mask* and their Self Heating Mask* once a week, and their Deep Cleansing Face Scrub* three times a week. One benefit of the whole range is that their Superdrug price points are very affordable for skincare. With regards to the individual products, there was one I didn’t like, one which I think is pretty good (worth a try but not amazing), and one which I love! Any guesses?

I’ll start with my least favourite and work my way up to my favourite. The one you absolutely need to introduce into your own routine.

Charcoal Black Peel Off Mask

In general I tend to avoid peel off masks. I have pretty large pores on either side of my nose and no matter how effectively a peel off mask may clear my pores, for me, it will never justify enlarging them in the process. The first time I used this I tried it over my nose in order to give it a fair trial. Unfortunately I wasn’t surprised with the results: my pores looked larger afterwards. You may be thinking ‘but I don’t have large pores, so would it work for me?’, honesty, I doubt it. For the remaining weeks I continued its use on other areas of my face where I have normal sized pores and I didn’t really notice a difference. The whole product technique of ripping impurities out of the skin just doesn’t sit quite right with me, and I won’t be continuing to use it.

Charcoal Deep Cleansing Face Scrub

Generally speaking, I wasn’t blown away by this scrub. However for its low price point I have to give credit where credit’s due and report that it’s a fairly decent product. It doesn’t feel too harsh on the skin as the exfoliating agents are quite fine (just remember to be gentle when using any scrub). It also does a nice job of both exfoliating and brightening. My own skin is on the dehydrated side. I was worried that introducing a scrub and using it quite regularly might dry my skin out, but it didn’t! After the first couple of uses I found that I developed one or two small (not very noticeable) spots over my chin. This didn’t continue though.

Charcoal Scrub
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Charcoal Self Heating Mask

The self heating mask box is £4.99 and within it are four individual applications. The masks are the priciest product of all three. Despite this, I think that its really reasonably  priced considering the results that I’ve noticed. I’m a huge fan of masks in general. I find that they’re the best product for making dramatic improvements to my skin and this one is no different. I introduced this mask to my Monday evening skin care routine and am now a loyal fan of it. I’ve also been persuaded of the brightening benefits of charcoal. This mask is a little more thick and sticky than any I’ve tried before. It’s also different in that you only need to leave it on for a couple of minutes. It provides instant brightening effects which are pretty stubborn and last for a good few days afterwards!

Charcoal Mask
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Basically, I’m now on my way to being a charcoal convert. I’ll be actively looking to try out more charcoal products in the near future. I hope that I get on as well as I did with the self heating mask, I’ll keep you updated!

* This post contains PR Samples which I have been sent to review and give my honest opinion about. All words, images and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.

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  • Reply Bexa

    I’ve never used charcoal products before but have heard they are kinda a big thing now! The self-heating masks sounds like a good one, anything with instant brightening results is a winner ?. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Thanks for your honest review Sophie, it’s really helpful ? xx

    Bexa |

    May 24, 2018 at 7:22 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I hadn’t until recently but I see them absolutely everywhere! I hope you get on as well as I did if you manage to pick it up, thanks for stopping by! xx

      May 24, 2018 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Lisa's Notebook

    Hmmm. I’ve used a charcoal mask from my beloved Origins and it’s the only product of theirs I really didn’t like, although it didn’t cause any ill effects. I’ve also tried a peel-off nose strip from Biore and OMG that hurt so much, I’m never going for peel offs again! That said, I’m quite intrigued by these self-heating masks, which are very reasonably priced, so I might get myself some to try next time I’m in Superdrug. Great review, Sophie, thank you for your honest appraisal! x

    Lisa |

    May 24, 2018 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Oh that’s such a shame! They really hurt don’t they! I just really dislike peel off products, they can’t be good for your skin in the long run! I’m glad you found it helpful and I hope you love the masks if you pick any up! xx

      May 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply monicawongblog

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this one! I’ve been wanting to see whether charcoal would work. What a great review! Thanks lovely! Monica

    May 24, 2018 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply lovecally

    I love trying new drugstore skin care out!! I haven’t tried anything from this range before but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it!
    Love, Cally x

    May 24, 2018 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      If you pick any up I hope you get on well with it! x

      May 24, 2018 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I really like the sound of that self hearing mask
    I might have to give it a try!

    May 24, 2018 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Joy

    Never tried charcoal on my face but i definitely will if it brightens!! Great post and just followed you xx

    May 24, 2018 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply opinionatingblog

    I have been meaning to try charcol, thanks for the advice!

    May 25, 2018 at 2:52 am
  • Reply thenorthleftblog

    Oh this is interesting! I have to say I kinda thought the charcoal thing was all hype and didn’t really work but maybe that’s because I’ve only really seen it in peel off masks, which I hate the idea of!

    May 25, 2018 at 8:46 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I thought that at first but they just seem to be getting more and more popular so I had to try it out for myself! I hate peel offs too x

      May 25, 2018 at 9:51 am
  • Reply The diary of Ellie

    I keep seeing charcol things everywhere! I have dry/sensitive skin and i really wanna try some of the face stuff but i dont know it’d agree with my skin sadly!

    May 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Oh that’s a shame! I don’t have sensitive skin but it is dehydrated and the masks have still worked great for me! May not be great for sensitive skin though I’m not sure I’m afraid! xxx

      May 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Sneha (@lifewithsneha)

    I’ve never tried charcoal products but given how they seem to be EVERYWHERE, I think I might give it a go. That self-heating mask sounds like it would work really well. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Sneha |

    May 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      They have so much hype around them now don’t they! I hope you get on as well as I have if you try it out!

      May 25, 2018 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Jazz

    These products look great!! I may have to give them a go!
    Jazz xx

    May 25, 2018 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    I’ve heard so much about how charcoal is really good for your skin. I totally agree even though I’ve tried it once. I can imagine the peel off mask being super effective because you can SEE the whiteheads. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these charcoal products!

    Nancy ♥

    May 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm
  • Reply everythingevening

    That self-heating mask sounds so good! I really love boots charcoal range, their face mask is really good and it’s all really affordable.

    May 26, 2018 at 1:03 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I really love it! Oooh I’ll have to check that out too, thanks for the recommendation!

      May 26, 2018 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Disa Rastogi

    Didn’t know much about this. Your post updated my knowledge on how charcoal can be beneficial for our skin.

    May 26, 2018 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply charldeeblogs

    I’ve been using The Body Shop charcoal soap, and it has done wonders for my skin! Its so nice and refreshing to find something that actually works! This stuff looks amazing too – It would be amazing to see a before/after using these products for a week/month! xx

    May 27, 2018 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Oh thats so great, sounds like charcoal is working for you too! x

      May 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply julietlylillyrose

    Good to know! I might try that scrub out. I used to love the Biore charcoal cleanser. My skin felt so clean afterwards.

    May 30, 2018 at 3:21 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Ooh I’ll have to try that one out, thanks for the recommendation!

      May 30, 2018 at 10:19 am

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