Since I had a baby three months ago, I’ve noticed significant changes in my skin. My normal-type skin went from slightly oily in the T-zone to very dry during pregnancy back to very oily in the T-zone.
And I’ve had blackheads and noticed increased pore size as well. While it’s well established that smoking, sun exposure, and age can increase pore size, so can hormonal changes (and the weight gain/loss) associated with pregnancy. The first way to combat this is to keep pores clean, as Mount Kisco, New York dermatologist David E. Bank, M.D. says: “UVA rays and free radicals degrade collagen, the skin’s support fibers, and decrease elasticity. The goal is to keep pores clean and at their smallest.”
The charcoal mask from Calysta Labs is an excellent way to refine pore size. Charcoal has very absorptive properties: When charcoal comes into contact with dirt and debris, it is known to draw out impurities from the skin. Limited research in the journal Dermatology also suggests that charcoal may be useful in the treatment of certain skin diseases, including porphyria. The charcoal powder in Calysta Labs Clarifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask gives the formulation its characteristic “black” hue, as well as in absorbing excess oil.
Another pore-refining ingredient in Calysta Labs Clarifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask is the salicylic acid. According to DermNetNZ, salicylic acid works by softening keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure. This helps to loosen dry scaly skin, increasing cell turnover and effectively renewing the skin. It is often used in acne treatments to cleanse and to prevent clogging of the pores.
While both charcoal and salicylic acid can also be drying to normal-to-dry skin types, the key to Calysta Labs Clarifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask is a hydrating blend of glycerin, aloe, olive oil, wax, jojoba oil, and hyaluronic acid, all of which prevent the mask from being too drying.
Overall, I love this product — I use it 2-3 times a week to draw out impurities from my skin, particularly on my nose and in the general T-zone area. It gives my skin that nice little “sheen” we all crave! PS — I found coupon code “ALLURE15” in Allure magazine for this product, which gives 15% off at CalystaLabs.com!
Ingredients in Calysta Labs Clarifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask
Activated charcoal powder, salicylic acid, polyvinyl alcohol, organic aloe leaf juice, glycerin, olive fruit oil, emulsifying wax, jojoba seed oil, DMAE, Hyaluronic acid, Green Tea Leaf extract, vitamin C, Provitamin B5, vitamin B3, organic white willow bark extract, pomegranate seed extract, vitamin E, sunflower seeds extract, menthol, lavender, Xanthan gum.