Product Review: Origins – Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

Lately, I’ve been all over this charcoal craze that’s taken over the skincare world because of the benefits of active charcoal on the skin (and no, I will never ever brush with charcoal no matter the benefits of that).

I had actually purchased this product when it first came out at Sephora a few months ago at one of the malls and I remember the cashier looked at me like I was crazy! She wasn’t even aware of the product in the store and the thought of charcoal on the face made her eery – I still vividly remember her facial reaction while she was processing my transaction. But I’m a happy customer and I definitely will be purchasing this product again in the near future – continue reading to find out why!

The product is a super smooth powder which I like to mix about a dime sized amount with my gel cleanser from Yours Truly Organics. You can mix it with any type of cleanser (preferably gel or foam) or even just water. I use it about once or twice a week in the shower and it is an amazing exfoliant!
I love it because it’s perfect for my oily skin. It doesn’t strip the skin dry but rather clears the pores while removing all the dirt – and you can actually feel the skin super smooth and clean after each use!

The instructions say to use it once a day but I think that’s a bit too harsh – it is activated charcoal after all and using it everyday I think would strip the skin of necessary oil. The great thing about this product is you can also use it as a mask so it has dual purpose! If I use it as a mask then I mix the powder with water and make a thicker consistency, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then wipe off with a damp washcloth.

I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for an exfoliator or a mask, especially if you have oily/combination skin – it is ah-mazing!! Worth every single penny 🙂

Until next time…

*This post is not sponsored by any brand or company. All opinions are my own.*

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