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Mask Monday | Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask

First a bit of housekeeping: Alicia Norville please email me at lucinda@modenmakeup.com pronto 😉

So all those masks were for this series...and what better way to start than with your request. Marsha said she was interested in the Charcoal mask; here we are. I should really start by saying that I've never used a sheet mask of any type before despite having a few around here for a couple years. Then when the hype around them went into overdrive I was super skeptical. Hopefully by the end of it all we'll see if they're worth it or not.

From their site: "Innovative 100% hydrogel mask that minimizes the appearance of pores, purifies, and smoothes skin texture. Custom 2-piece design seals in treatment benefits and allows Bamboo Charcoal and Marine Collagen to gently and thoroughly remove blackheads and absorb impurities for a soft, refined, and renewed complexion. “Noticeable pores a major task? Not when you have this hydrogel mask!”

Skin benefits

boscia Hydrogel Mask Innovation
  • Innovative 2-piece design allows mask to completely conform to contours of face and offers complete customization for all facial structures
  • Formula “seals in” with no evaporation, allowing for complete absorption and delivery of maximum benefits
Bamboo Charcoal
  • Known as the “Black Diamond of Asia”, this ingredient has long been revered for its purifying and healing benefits
  • In a newly discovered, centuries-old process, the bamboo charcoal is injected with steam, creating thousands of tiny air pockets that significantly increase the volume of impurities absorbed
  • Absorbs toxins and impurities leaving the skin healthier and stronger
  • Acts as a natural anti-bacterial agent, deeply cleansing and detoxifying pores without irritation
Marine Collagen
  • A time-honored ingredient in Japanese skincare
  • Helps skin reduce moisture loss, thereby strengthening skin to resist the first signs of aging
  • Promotes skin softness and firmness
boscia’s Proprietary Botanical Blend
  • Jojoba Leaf helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin
  • Willowherb helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation
How to use

Suggested Usage:
-Open foil pack and remove hydrogel mask. Your mask will come in two pieces, top half and bottom half
-Remove clear lining from bottom piece, align, and place directly on to dry clean face. Smooth out the edges firmly and adjust to contours of face. Remove white lining and re-smooth out all air pockets to ensure mask lies firmly on to skin.
-Repeat step two for top piece. Overlapping of masks should occur around cheek area.
-Remove mask after 15 to 20 minutes. Massage remaining essence into face, neck, décolleté, and anywhere you feel extra treatment is needed

Precautions:
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For external use only.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus Powder, Polysorbate 60, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Disodium EDTA, Peat Water, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Algin, Potassium Sorbate."

When I opened the pack, the mask the bottom piece was already separated from its lining. It felt like a slimy mess. Both bits were actually folded unlike how it looks in the demo on the website. I ran to the bathroom sink cause the "essence" was making a mess. Alright, get the weird thing on my face on my face now aligning as best I could. It covered my face shape ok.

Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask applied - www.modenmakeup.com

The bottom part kept slipping down so I'd suggest keeping still for the 20 minutes you're supposed to leave this on. I didn't notice any skin reaction while wearing the mask. It just felt weird but I'm sure that was just due to first time jitters. Afterward I rubbed the residue into my skin. There was still a lot of "essence" left in the packette.

Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask essence - www.modenmakeup.com
Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask essence - www.modenmakeup.com

It dries down transparent but leaves the skin feeling very tacky. I suspect that's from the glycerin. Which brings me to the ingredients: 

Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask ingredients - www.modenmakeup.com

The most potent ingredients noted, i.e., the top five, are emollients. They will make the skin look and feel hydrated. Hence, this mask a great treat prior to makeup application. I'd hope with extended use, the benefits toted would be seen. Well, I don't have blackheads, so I can't help yuh there. But hydrated skin does look youthful and less textured. This isn't something I'd repurchase though. I guess I'm now getting into hydrating masks. Marsha if your pores are a major concern check out this post 😊

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