Two words: Black. Magic.
I am a HUGE fan of Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask. It’s one of those skin treatments that just feels like its working. My skin tightens and tingles…and there’s just something weirdly satisfying about the act of peeling it off. Like I’m really getting the gross toxins out of my skin. Maybe that’s TMI…
Anyway, onto the good stuff:
Ingredients (according to the Boscia website):
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay:
- First discovered in Montmorillion, France in the 1800s
- Contains 67 minerals
- Absorbs excess oil, impurities, and toxins
- Gently exfoliates dead skin cells
- Minimizes the appearance of pores instantly and over time
Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Glucoside)
- Helps brighten skintone and
- Minimizes fine lines as it defends against free radical damage
Maritime Pine Bark Extract
- Improves skin elasticity and hydration, helping to prevent the first signs of aging
- Provides antioxidant and soothing benefits
Rosemary Leaf Extract
- An effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps to firm skin and visibly reduce the appearance of pores
- Has natural anti-bacterial benefits and aids in circulation
- Provides antiseptic and antibacterial benefits,
- Calms inflammation and leaves skin invigorated
- Helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin
- Helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation
Pro-tip: try to steer clear of any baby hairs on your face (especially along the hairline). Once this mask dries and you’re peeling it off, it will take everything it’s attached to with it…and that can be a bit painful…I learned that the hard way.
Overall: I use this a couple times a week whenever my skin starts to look congested. What I love about this mask is its flexibility: it works really well as a targeted spot treatment. It also leaves my skin tingle-y, clean and glowing, with noticeably smaller pores. And at $34, it’s reasonably priced. One qualm: it does take a thicker layer to get the mask to peel off when dry, so if you’re doing a full-face application regularly, you may find yourself going through a lot of product.
If you’re looking for an equivalent product at a lower price point, I also love Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, which retails for $24. It rinses off, rather than peels off, but absolutely helps clear congested skin…and the tube usually lasts a little bit longer since it doesn’t require as thick an application.