DERMA E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

Date Tue, December 5 2017

I cannot believe that it’s almost December. Where has this month, no this year!, gone?! November was busy with birthdays, road trips, and Thanksgiving, so I didn’t have much time to talk about the Derma E products that I received this month as an ambassador. In fact, they sent me two boxes of stuff to try, so I’m behind, y’all!

DERMA E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

DERMA E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

The first box contained their purifying products, one of which is actually the charcoal cleanser that I already tried and liked. Check out my review here.

The other product in the box was their Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. Now, I’ve only tried one another mask in my life, which I recently wrote about. But I’ve been pretty pleased with Derma E products and their quality, so I had higher expectations.

Unlike many masks, the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask comes in a tube like other Derma E products. You squeeze some out and put it on your face. How could it be different than any other mask? Boy, did I have a lot to learn!

The Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask has a bluish grey tint due to Kimarine® Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal, and I didn’t find that I needed a super thick layer of it. As I applied, I noticed that I could see it drying in real time. The mask changed to a light grey sky shade and felt much tighter. It seemed to crack as it dried but stayed in place.

Some spots did take longer to dry than others, but I was in a hurry. I actually grabbed my hair dryer on cool to finish it off.

DERMA E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask dry and wet

The mask when dry (left) and wet.

Another difference between Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and the other mask that I noticed was texture. It contains Apricot Seed Powder, so it also exfoliates. I didn’t pay enough attention to this the first time I used it. I had just exfoliated, and my skin was pretty sensitive to the mask.

There was a tingly feeling that was a bit aggressive, and I could tell my skin was becoming red as I used it. However, my skin often becomes red. I paid attention, and it didn’t get any worse. When I rinsed off the mask, which was far less messy than the My Organic Zone clay mask, the redness went away pretty quickly. I made a mental note not to exfoliate beforehand the second time so my skin wouldn’t be as sensitive.

I did look up reviews to see if anyone had any negative side effects with the charcoal mask. One person experienced redness as part of a more severe reaction and only one person mentioned any tingling, but she liked it. It may just be how the mask interacts with my skin.

I used it a second time without exfoliating to see how it would feel. I didn’t rub it in quite as much as the first time. The tingling was still there and a bit too intense for me, but it lessened at the mask dried. My skin was much less red because I remembered not to exfoliate twice – d’oh! I didn’t experience any of the weird sweating like I did with the other mask, and redness went away pretty quickly after I washed it off.

And, my skin feels ridiculously soft after using the mask. it’s hard to stop touching it.

So while I don’t love how it feels when it’s on, it’s a temporary effect that has no negative consequences. The DERMA E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask seems to work pretty well overall. I would use it again because I like how soft it makes my face but probably not regularly because I don’t love how it feels when it’s on.

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