Diary of a Beauty Beginner: Charcoal Peel Off Mask

Being an avid skin care fan I love trying new trends in beauty at least once. So when I heard about the charcoal peel off mask I had to know more. After watching a few Instagram videos of people acting like they were peeling their face off I decided it wasn’t for me. But then I began doing what I always do, research, and discovered that maybe in fact it is for me. To start with let’s answer the question burning in everyone’s mind.

What is a peel off mask?

A peel off mask is just what it sounds like; a mask you slather on your face and than let dry and peel off. Some are easier to peel of then others (I suggest an easy peel off if you are not a fan of pain). These masks can be made of a lot of different ingredients that target different skin problems. I chose the charcoal mask because charcoal is a black head fighter then helps shrink pores. The mask I chose, the Lixue Jiaren Peel Off Black Mask, was a deep cleansing charcoal mask. The peel off part comes when you carefully peel the mask off your face to take all the nasties out of your pores with it.

A How To:

I have heard that you should avoid making it too thick so it won’t hurt as much pulling it off. Of course I have also heard that if it is not thick enough then it will not get all the nasties out. These masks are as easy as they sound to use; just slather it on your face. Avoid applying the mask to your mouth, eyes, hairline and eyebrows. No one wants to give themselves an impromptu wax job. Then you do whatever you want (I suggest relaxing) while it dries. After the mask is dry you start at the edges and work your way in, gently pulling the mask off. Then (if it doesn’t freak you out) you can inspect when it pulled out of your pores.


The first thing I noticed about the Lixue Jiaren mask was that the tube was very small. It was about the size of a tube foundation, which was kind of disappointing. The next thing I noticed was that it looked like tar as I squeezed it out. Ignoring the appearance I applied the mask to myself and forced two of my friends to help my research. One has sensitive skin and the other has dry skin so I could cover every skin type (I have oily skin). The mask was kind of in between with spreadability. I found it kind of thick and harder to spread without leaving thinner patches. My friend found it easy to smooth.

We sat and watched netflix while the mask dried and found that it felt as though it was tightening our skin as it dried. It felt like it was becoming shrink wrap and taking my skin with it. After it dried we gathered around the bathroom mirror to pull it off. While I am happy to say this mask did not hurt it also did not seem to catch much. This could be due to the fact that I wash my face twice a day but I was hoping for more. After I peeled it off there was still some residue that I had to wash off. My friend with the dry skin said she got a lot out of her face but the mask made her skin dry. My friend with sensitive skin said it dried her face out as well.

I would give this mask a 3.5 out of 5 because it just kind of seemed in between. I did not hate it but I was not amazed by it either. This mask just seems like something I will use every so often to use up then probably not buy again. I may try another brand before I write this style of mask off completely but my hopes have been lowered. I think I will stick with my other masks for now.


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