A Charcoal Mask That Won't Dry You Out

When people ask me the one thing they could do to improve their complexion, I always say the same thing: Add a mask. Masks are an easy way to give your skin a major dose of beneficial ingredients. They're also helpful in that they force you to take a minute to relax — and who doesn't need that?

Living in New York City, my skin needs regular detoxification. I mostly rely on charcoal to do the deep-cleaning dirty work. But my one major gripe with typical charcoal masks is they can be super drying. So, when I came across Dr. Jart+'s charcoal-packed Pore Minimalist mask, my interest was piqued. You see, it's a sheet mask. Since you aren't applying the ingredients directly to your skin, the moisture shouldn't get sucked out. Could this be a charcoal mask that doesn't leave me dehydrated?

I'm happy to report that this mask lived up to my theory. I popped it on post-cleansing (heads up — it's black) and let it do its thing for 20 minutes. After I peeled it off, I massaged the serum into my skin and then fell asleep for the evening. When I woke up, I was floored. My skin was brighter, more radiant, and my complexion was more even. It not only contains activated charcoal — known for its deep-cleaning, acne-fighting properties — but also spearmint extract, which improves elasticity.

Now, even though the mask is called the Pore Minimalist it's important to remember that your pores can't actually shrink. You can minimize their appearance, though — and that's what Dr. Jart+'s mask does. With regular use, Pore Minimalist works to dissolve the gunk in your pores that make them appear larger. That's a beautiful thing.

So, if you're looking for a marriage between deep-cleansing and hydrating mask, look no further. You may find yourself sliding this guy on a few nights a week.

Dr. Jart+
Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Mask, $35 for five, available at Sephora.

More from Skin Care

As beauty editors, one of the top questions we're asked on the regular is actually pretty basic: "What should my skin-care routine look like?" And it makes...
Forget freaks and vampires: When it comes to beauty rituals, it’s our inner princesses who come out at night. It’s then that we languidly soak in tubs of ...
You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers ...
(Paid Content) Finding a skin-care regimen that keeps skin clear without drying it out isn't easy. Don’t you worry — we’ve got you on this one. Together ...
We know that our cell phones aren’t always good for us. Tech neck, sleep disturbances, eye strain — all actual health concerns. And of course, not cleaning...
What do you call a price increase that goes from around $240 to nearly $10,000? Words like strange, confusing, and even exploitative may come to mind. ...
Dry, scaly skin can be kind of a nightmare no matter what the season. So, in the spirit of smoother, ultra-hydrated skin, we put together a list of our ...
(Paid Content) If achieving clear, glowing, incredible skin were as easy as slathering on a single cream, we’d be the first in line to scoop it up. But ...
When it comes to pretty much, well, everything, it’s no secret that millennials expect swift service, same-day delivery, and overall efficiency. Our need ...
Since we’re all well aware of the dangers of tanning beds — and too much time in natural sunlight sans SPF — self-tanners are the perfect solution when the...
This isn't news to anyone, but I feel it bears repeating: Acne scars suck. Anyone who has suffered from post-pimple hyperpigmentation knows this truth to ...
We’ve all seen the studies about why sleep is so important — a full eight hours keeps our bodies and brains more fit, happy, and focused. As it turns out, ...
The moment when you suddenly realize you're an adult can come amid a seemingly random activity — depositing money in your newly formed 401k, making dinner ...
For a long time, the word "peel" meant one of two things in the beauty world: a) You've spent too much time in the sun sans sunscreen and are now suffering...