Friday, May 1, 2015

New Biore with Natural Charcoal Collection: Review

Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review.
I've been a long time fan of Biore so I was very excited when its Natural Charcoal range got a few additions. Charcoal is known for its amazing ability to draw out excess oil and impurities from the skin so all the Biore Natural Charcoal products are perfect for those with acne-prone and oily skin. To see my thoughts on the Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($9.99 CAD), the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($9.99 CAD), and the Self Heating One Minute Mask ($9.99 CAD), click.......
Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($9.99 CAD):
Made with charcoal, peppermint and embedded with exfoliating jojoba beads, this bar can be used on the body and the face. The bar indeed leaves the skin squeaky clean and when rubbed directly against the body, the small jojoba beads really help exfoliate. However, I have combination skin and I find the bar a bit too cleansing for everyday use. If not immediately followed with a nourishing moisturizer, it leaves my face a bit tight and dry. So once in a while is nice, but for daily use, the bar is too intense on the face.
Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar
Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask with Natural Charcoal ($9.99 CAD):
This kaolin based mask with an added dose of charcoal powder, much like the charcoal bar, does a great job at cleansing the face. Once applied and massaged onto the face, the mask warms up really nicely to help cleanse the pores further. The heat doesn't last long but it's a delightfully relaxing sensation nevertheless. The mask dries slightly and when washed off, leaves the skin super clean and refined. My one critique with this product, though, is that the individual packets don't nearly contain enough product for my entire face. I have a pretty big face, but still, I had to spread the mask super thin to (barely) cover it.
Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask
Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($9.99 CAD):
I've been using the original pore strips from Biore for years and it's one of my absolute skincare staples. They are amazing at extracting black and white heads and it's just so darn satisfying to see all your yuckies getting pulled out of their hiding place. These charcoal spin on the originals work really well. I feel like they are even better at extracting blackheads but at the same time, I don't like the fact that the black charcoal transfers and gets my fingers and towels all dirty. Also, they tend to leave behind a harder to clean off residue. I think I would repurchase these, depending on whether these or the originals are on sale.
Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips
The self heating mask (left) and the charcoal pore strips (right) in action.
Overall:
I give a two thumbs up to all three products. They are not without flaws but if you have oily, acne-prone skin these will really help clear up pore congestion and absorb excess oil.

Availability:
Biore products can be purchased at drugstores and superstores nationwide.
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