Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque – Review

That’s right, I’m doing a review on skincare!  I tend to steer clear of skincare, because my skin tends to negatively react to almost any skincare I try.  But when I read the ingredients on the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque*, I thought that this might be my chance to test out how brands products play with my skin.

lackluster skin now has a fast-acting pick-me-up. New

Charcoal Rescue Masque from Dermalogica, which launched in February 2016,
detoxifies, brightens, and invigorates all skin conditions, with
ingredients that draw out excess oil and impurities, refine pores,
calm redness, and improve skin texture and smoothness. With the
power to address skin aging, dullness, breakouts, and sensitivity,
this heroic skin savior is ideal for anyone looking for a healthy,
vibrant, and balanced glow.

Research shows that women only spend about 20 seconds washing their face – which is not nearly enough time to get through all the grime that collects throughout the day.  I’ll admit it – I definitely fall into that category.  Charcoal Rescue Masque is said to help remove build-up and stimulate cellular turnover, which contributes to healthy, glowing skin.  This masque is supposed to be left on for 7-10 minutes, so it forces you to invest some time into your skincare – but that’s okay, because it makes me feel like I’m at a spa (I’ve actually never been to the spa, but I’ve seen it in the movies)!  
Featured ingredients include: Activated Binchotan Charcoal – a.k.a. Japanese Ubame Oak, Sulfur –  known for its anti-inflammatory properties when treating acne, Volcanic Ash, Phytic Acid, and Chilean Wild Mint.


  1. After cleansing skin, generously apply Charcoal Rescue Masque to face and neck, avoiding the eye area
  2. After 7-10 minutes, rinse thoroughly.
  3. Follow with prescribed Dermalogica regimen,

(I don’t have a prescribed regimen, so for step 3 I applied a mild lotion that includes soothing wheat extract.)


When I first started applying the Charcoal Rescue Masque, I noticed the light minty scent.

1 minute in – It feels slightly cooling, like someone is gently blowing cool air on my face
2 minutes in –  Feels tingly on my forehead
5 minutes in – The Masque starts getting stiff and tight, but not crackly.
6 minutes in – I scrunch up my face, and force it to crack because I’m obnoxious

8 minutes in – Time to wash it off.  At first, the masque starts to chunk off, but after using warm water in smooth circular motions, the masque gets creamy, and washes off.  I can feel a gentle exfoliation.

After removing the masque and drying my face – My face feels smooth and refreshed, like I just went swimming.  There was a bit of a salty charcoal smell left behind, but it wasn’t strong, so it didn’t bug me.  A few minutes later, my skin started to feel quite dry, as well as feel like there was a thin film of something on it, so I applied a moisturizer to combat it.  My pores looked minimized, and there was a matte, oil-free finish to my skin.

I’m pretty easy when it comes to skincare.  Since I’m allergic to 95% of the skincare I try, if I don’t have an allergic reaction, I’m ecstatic.  Not only did I not have an allergic reaction, but my skin felt nice too!  I used the masque at night, before my evening skincare routine, and it works beautifully to calm down my skin, after a long day.  I’m very happy with this face masque, and I will happily continue to use it.

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque is offered in a 2.5 oz/75 mL tube, and retails for $60.00

*PR Sample


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