Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask - By Megan Kelly

Dermalogica Rescued My Skin

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask - By Megan Kelly

Even if you’ve been living under a rock, I am pretty sure that by now, you’ve heard the talk about Dermalogica Skincare. As much as I have heard outstanding reviews and know friends who will only use their range, I have just never found myself reaching for their products. Well, that was until Sandra from Sorbet Walmer Park, pulled me into her facial room and showed me just how powerful Dermalogica products truly are.

Whenever I leave Sorbet Walmer Park, I feel like I am walking on cloud-9. The lovely ladies always go over and beyond to make me feel special, all while truly showing an interest and concern for my current skin condition. I have featured their DMK Medi-Pedi in a review before and if you haven’t gotten baby feet yet, you best book yourself one now, because no one wants to cosy up with dry and rough feet, this winter.

Unsurprisingly, one of my biggest skin concerns is how my skin breakouts during my monthly cycle in combination to stubborn blackheads that form around my hairline, forehead, nose and chin. Yes, these are normal places for blemishes and impurities to form, but when it starts affecting the way my foundation applies, I tend to get just a tad bit annoyed (read a lot annoyed!). Dermalogica has recently launched a Charcoal Rescue Mask which Sandra and her team were convinced would solve my problems. (Warning, things may get a little… gross or TMI).

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque - By Megan Kelly

As the name suggests, the main ingredient in the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque is… drumroll, please… CHARCOAL. Who would have thunk? The Activated Charcoal works to eradicate skin impurities found deep beneath the skin’s surface while the Sulfur encourages cell turnover. The combination of the key ingredients; volcanic ash, sea salt, bamboo extract and alpha hydroxy acids work together to detoxify your skin, leaving your skin looking brighter, clearer and smoother through dual-action exfoliation. Now, we all know how much I love a good scrub but one of my favourite skin discoveries is that by adding mint, you help soothe the skin while the pores are still open from the gentle exfoliation. It’s like Dermalogica read my mind and included Wild Mint which gives the mask a cooling effect while refining my gigantic crater-like pores.

All jokes aside, I was sent home with two samples, a list of heavy expectations and a pending trip to Cape Town where I really wanted to have clear skin. The sample size was underwhelming, which I blame on me having a five-head and I sort of feel that perhaps it would be better to apply the product just a little thicker for a full-wow-experience. However, I worked with what I had and applied the formula thinly around my face before posting the obligatory selfie.

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The texture was cool, thick and very much like clay. Right off the bat, I noticed that the colour wasn’t as black as some other charcoal masks that I had previously tried and had just an inkling of hope that removing this mask wouldn’t be as hard as I had anticipated. With strict instructions from the team at Sorbet, I sat back, relaxed and let the mask harden until I couldn’t smile anymore (7-10 minutes). After a mini-nap, I woke up to the feeling of being punched in the face with a heavy dose of botox and knew that it was probably time to start the next phase of the treatment. I wet my finger-tips, and started working the dried mask in circular motions, creating tiny granules which helped gently exfoliating and removing any dried skin and ultimately creating brighter looking skin.

Charcoal isn’t a new ingredient and has been featured in a wide variety of masks that range from budget-friendly like Young Solutions to ultra luxurious formulas that cost a pretty penny. One thing that they all have in common? They’re a damn mission to remove. There, I said it. But the refreshing step of this entire mask was that it really was effortless to remove from my face. After gently exfoliating my face, I used a clean face cloth and found that the formula just wiped off, with no real effort.

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque - By Megan KellyUnlike most masks that promise to deep cleanse and remove those stubborn blackheads, Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Masque did not dry out my skin. In fact, it left it feeling softer than ever. But now for the not so glam part of this post – remember, I did warn you – I found that immediately after the treatment, EVERYTHING was sitting right on the surface and that using a tissue to lightly squeeze the bridge of my nose, really saw everything being extracted minus the pain or causing any damage to my skin. The following morning, I noticed that what felt like a blind pimple brewing the previous day, had now been brought to the surface and wasn’t nearly as painful as I usually find them to be. All in all, I found that within the two days to follow, my skin started clearing dramatically after the initial shock of everything being brought to the surface.

You can use the mask up to 4 times a week but I feel that after the initial “clean-up,” you can maintain better-looking skin by using the mask twice a week and perhaps a bonus time when your hormones are all out of whack and have you looking and feeling like a bloated, moody-teenager. I am pretty determined that I need a full-size Charcoal Rescue Mask ASAP, which is obviously why it features as one of my Mother’s Day Wishlist items, hint-hint hubby.

Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Mask is formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.

As always, thank you to the delightful team and Sandra from Sorbet Walmer Park for always spoiling me – I truly appreciated being at your spa.

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  • prettifulblog
    Posted at 13:55h, 10 May

    The mask is awesome! It is one of the few charcoal masks that haven’t dried out my skin, Origins being the other one. There is also an Avon one which is meant to be pretty good, but I haven’t tried yet. My skin looks more refined and clean immediately after using this mask. The other new launch from them is the Hydrablur Primer which is really heaven sent as we enter winter.

  • Carina
    Posted at 15:44h, 06 May

    Charcoal masks are my favourite, I need to try this one out! Thanks for sharing!


    • Megan Kelly
      Posted at 17:46h, 06 May

      This is definitely a winner, let me know what you think?

  • Jordan Silberman
    Posted at 08:35h, 05 May

    I used to use Dermalogica and did for years. I SWORE by it when I used the acne line! I love all the masks, and I especially love their cleansers! The blog is wonderful too!

    Jordan @

    • Megan Kelly
      Posted at 09:38h, 05 May

      That’s great to hear! I really want to try more of their products. I just picked up a sample of their Hydrablur Primer too, so I will feature that soon. Thanks for stopping by!