Dermalogica Charcoal rescue masque

I received this masque by the Team Dermalogica at the launch event of their Charcoal Range.

Charcoal is trending right now, and it’s easy to see why: over the years, researchers have learned that this humble wood by-product is in fact super beneficial for the air and your skin. Charcoal has a high factor of absorption. Basically, charcoal acts like a magnet to impurities, toxins, and dirt, drawing them to itself and thus, out of your skin.

What is it made up of?

The main ingredients in this mask are:
Kaolin clay – a natural detoxifier that draws out impurities and dirt.
Bentonite – another natural clay that does the same thing as kaolin
Sea salt extract – a deep sea mud that has natural moisturizing properties
Sulfur – helps increase skin’s radiance by increasing cell turnover and has antibacterial properties
Other good stuff in this mask include lactic acid (a chemical exfoliant), niacinamide (anti-inflammatory and fights hyperpigmentation), witch hazel (astringent), volcanic ash (exfoliant), bamboo stem extract (exfoliant), phytic acid (chemical exfoliant), tea tree oil (astringent) and Chilean wild mint (astringent). The star ingredient, charcoal powerfully absorbs impurities.


The Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque comes in a plain tube with a flip-top lid. It is easy to use and very travel-friendly sd well.

Smell and texture:

Charcoal rescue masque had a very strong toothpaste like minty smell but it faded out within a few minutes.
It initially looked very glossy on the application. But once it started drying up, it started mattifying on my face and the color also started fading out from black to grey. It felt a bit muddy and quite rich in texture. It felt a bit tingly while it dried out but it wasn’t uncomfortable.
This dual purpose masque serves as an exfoliant as well.


Use whenever skin needs rescuing. After cleansing, apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area and allow to absorb. After 7-10 minutes as you rinse it off, you can use your wet fingers to gently massage off the mask, giving yourself a nice physical exfoliation as well. Like all Dermalogica masks, the grains in this one are super-fine and don’t feel harsh at all.
Follow with your preferred Dermalogica moisturizer which in my case would be Dermalogica skin smoothing cream.

Results : 

As the name suggests, this is a very effective mask that is fast-acting, easy to remove formula that rescues tired, lackluster or dull skin. Basically, it’s the ultimate mask for skin that is freaking out.
Instead of using an exfoliating mask and then a deep cleansing mask, this does both in one step.
When I say this is a powerful product, I mean it! After you rinse it off, you’ll instantly notice brighter, smoother skin. Now that’s instant relief for irritated skin.
It removes impurities from your skin and leaves your skin looking radiant and fresh.
After using the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque once, I noticed that my skin was looking brighter straight away and it felt much smoother. Most of my breakouts cleared up a couple of days later and my skin evened out a bit and felt relaxed and deeply cleansed.

My Verdict:

After using it a few times I’ve noticed that my skin has a bit more of a glow and my pores remain cleaner and my skin doesn’t break out as often. So whenever I start noticing breakouts, I immediately apply this masque and it helps tremendously in controlling the oil balance and prevents breakouts.
I would give two thumbs up to this product. Another winner from Dermalogica! This mask is extremely deep-cleaning and noticeably tightened my pores.

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