June 27, 2018

Masks Unmasked - Beautycounter’s No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask

Masks are like distant cousins – on the borderline of the skincare family – the ones you sometimes invite to weddings and perhaps birthday celebrations. Is that how you feel about them, too? Do you save them a last resort to prep skin before those special gatherings and anniversaries? Also, the special man in my life had never seen me in a mask before. As you may know, you don’t particularly look your best with clay slathered all over your face; hence I would go for months and sometimes years without masking. But no longer!

Did you know that charcoal masks can absorb excess oil and deep cleanse your skin by drawing out hard-to-reach oils in your pores? Especially if you live in a city with pollution or wear makeup all day long, masks will give your pores a chance to breathe. Your skin will thank you.

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Beautycounter’s No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask has become my best friend in my weekly skincare regimen. The fun part of Beautycounter’s charcoal mask is that you can physically see the oils on your face being absorbed into the mask! The moist kaolin clay goes on the skin black and then turns gray as it dries. You let it brew for about 10 minutes and then, as the oils are absorbed – especially around the nose and the in between the eyebrows – you’ll start to see tiny little black spots where the oils got sucked up into the clay! Beautycounter’s formula has a slight peppermint scent and the salicylic acid exfoliates and feels refreshingly tingly on my skin. When I rinse off, immediately, my skin feels silky smooth and soft to the touch. After about 2 weeks, I even started to notice the pores on my nose reducing and had less problems with excess oil.

But how have I dealt with feeling embarrassed in front of hubby, you ask? Well, I recruited him to try it with me! He was so engrossed in the sight of his own face in a mask that I think he wasn’t so traumatized by mine.

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