Charcoal has been a popular ingredient in skincare these days. From haircare, to skincare and masks. They’re everywhere. So much so, I did a big post on my favorite charcoal masks here. One of those I loved the most was my Cosmedix Detox mask. I love it so much, I had to write a whole post on it. It’s just that good. It’s hands down the superior mask in that post and for good reason.
I highly recommend reading the charcoal post since charcoal isn’t for everyone. It can be a bit harsh as it is can be a strong exfoliator and is designed to strip the skin of dirt and oil. If you’re dry, you may want to reach for ingredients that don’t have charcoal in them. But if you’re combination or oily, this is a great ingredient to look for! But that’s also why I love this mask. It’s super gentle, nondrying and can actually be just fine for use if you have a dry skin type.
Cosmedix Detox Mask Review
Cosmedix Detox Mask Description
The Cosmedix Detox mask is a super gentle, purifying mask that helps to remove impurities and excess oil. The charcoal and kaolin clay helps to clear out dead skin cells and dirt to help clean out pores and make them appear less visible. Plus, the exfoliation helps to make your skin appear less dull and more radiant. Dirt, toxins and impurities accelerate visible signs of aging so it’s important to remove these!
The Kaolin Clay in this mask is what helps to make it gentle for use on sensitive and dry skin without drying it out even more. It helps to extract impurities and gently exfoliates while also absorbing excess oil. In terms of anti-aging, this ingredient over time can help to tighten skin and improve elasticity.
Charcoal is key for drawing out oil and impurities from the skin. The dirt, toxins, dead skin cells and grime are all attracted to the molecules of charcoal so you can mask them all away. All of these things clog your pores that leave them looking dirty and congested. So when you can pull them out with a great mask, your pores look cleaner and as a result look smaller.
Diatomaceous earth is actually a naturally occurring sand that contains microscopic algae. This ingredient can help with acne and even acne scars. But since it is high in silica, it can work to strengthen collagen. DE is also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, selenium, and zinc. Plus, it’s the texture is a great exfoliator that’s gentle.
Dandelion Extract and Alteromonas Ferment Extract
Dandelion extract and alteromonas ferment extract are good for soothing the skin and helps to boost radiance. In addition, it helps to protect against pollutants and toxins.
How To Apply The Cosmedix Detox Mask
Since this mask has very gentle ingredients, but highly effective, you can use it as much as 3x per week.
Double cleanse! It is so important to clean your face and begin loosening up that dirt in those pores. This will allow your mask to work that much better.
Wet your face so it’s a bit damp and then apply a generous amount to your skin. This mask will not get hard like traditional charcoal masks you see on the market. It’ll get a little tighter, but never rock hard like you see in other brands.
Leave on skin for 10-15 minutes, and then remove with a warm water, a wash cloth and pat dry. Follow with your moisturizer.
PS I love these Weezie towels, they’re insanely fluffy and soft!
Pros And Cons Of The Cosmedix Detox Mask
The biggest pro is that this is great for every skin type. You don’t have to be oily, and you don’t have to worry about it stripping your skin if you’re too dry. Just be sure to use a good moisturizer afterwards if you are dry!
My one and only con of this product are that you do have to use so much and the price is a bit steep for that. At $54, it does do a great job, but you’ll go through this quickly if you’re using it 3x a week. My recommendation is to use it weekly or every other week.
As someone who has dirty large pores and struggles to keep them clean, I personally LOVE this product. I’ve tried several charcoal masks, and while they all do a good job, this one is hands down superior to them all.
Photos by Hannah Lozano