One of the thrills about unboxing subscription boxes is that, more times than not, it’s a surprise as to what’s inside. The second exciting phase? Trying out the products in the hopes of discovering a new favorite. In the March Goodbeing box that I reviewed earlier today, one of those potentially HG-worthy products that created instant excitement for me was the Art Naturals Black Peel-Off Face Mask.
Now, I’ve always wanted to try one of these peel-off masks that supposedly remove blackheads, oil, and gunk found deep in our pores. I’ve come across so many ads on Instagram and reviews on Youtube, but never took the plunge for fear that they’d either hurt like crazy and wreak havoc on my skin (kind of like peeling a giant Biore pore strip off your face), or, on the flip side, be completely ineffective. As were my hesitations when I first pealed back the seal from the Art Naturals Black Peel-Off Face Mask, and proceeded to slather it onto my skin.
What Does The Black Peel-Off Face Mask Do?
Probably the most enticing benefit is that it claims to pull out all the gunk. But that’s just the start of it. This natural, mineral-enriched mask uses black clay and rye powder to deep clean the pores, while also providing anti-aging and free-radical protection. Meanwhile, seaweed and sage extracts tighten and brighten skin, frankincense gel reduces fine lines, and a combination of almond oil and jojoba seed wax locks in moisture, counteracting the drying effects of the clay.
Art Naturals Black Peel-Off Face Mask Review
One of my biggest skincare concerns are large, clogged pores. I have combination skin that gets very oily in the T-zone, and as a result, I’m always struggling with blackheads and congestion. I’ve tried pore minimizing treatments, but they almost all rely on drying ingredients like salicylic acid to gradually dissolve the gunk inside pores, which can sometimes exacerbate the situation if I fail to exfoliate/hydrate on a regular schedule. I’ve also tried pore strips, are while they work amazing in the short-term, in the long-term, they only made my pores appear larger and the gunk always kept coming back.
So how did the Art Naturals Black Peel-Off Face Mask work out? Better than I had hoped actually. After applying one thick, even coat over my freshly cleansed, dry face, I waited roughly 25 minutes for it to dry down completely. Then I started to peel it off. To my surprise, it lifted away from my skin easily, and in almost one whole piece. It didn’t make a mess (one final wipe with a washcloth to get the remaining bits was the only clean up required), and didn’t hurt in the least bit, or pull on the tiny hairs on my face like the harsher pore strips tend to do.
Here’s a little demo…
Mask as it appears when first applied and still wet
After about 25 minutes, the mask felt dry to the touch and was ready to peel off
Starting the peeling process!
Tip: Make sure your skin is completely dry first. Then apply the mask all at once, in one thick coat (try to get it looking opaque). Stop and wait for it to dry – it shouldn’t take more than 40-50 minutes (and you shouldn’t have to add any more layers as this could effect your final results).
After taking an anxious peek at the underside of the mask, I was thrilled to find a bunch of those tiny column-shaped pieces of gunk that had been pulled straight out from my pores.
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Alright, here’s a little snapshot of the piece I pulled from my cheeks…
**** Warning, grossness ahead! 😛 ****
Ahh, so satisfying… (By the way, all the little white dots on the right and left side? That’s all dead skin/pore gunk too.)
My skin felt noticeably smoother and softer afterwards, and best of all, it didn’t feel dry or tight.
Overall, from my experience, the Art Naturals Black Peel-Off Face Mask is the perfect in-between for those of us who may be frustrated with harsh pore-clearing masks, strips, and serums. It manages to lift away dead skin, sebum, dirt, and other impurities stuck in the pores, but it does it without stretching the pores or pulling off a layer of skin/hair/etc. (Don’t expect Biore-level extraction though – this is more of a long-term solution that helps clear pores little by little.) The mask also acts as a treatment by nourishing and rejuvenating your complexion using non-toxic, natural ingredients.
When used 1-2x a week as recommended, I can definitely see this improving the overall look of my pores!
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Have you tried one of these peel-off pore-clearing masks? How did it work out for you?