Hanaka Charcoal Mask Review

4:14:00 AM

Some of you may have read my Pimples vs Penny post and saw the Hanaka Charcoal Mask (aka Blackhead Pore White Mask) And it is a mask I absolutely love! 

It seems quite popular in HK and in Taiwan, and it definitely lives up to the hype. So here is the review, since my friends are kinda sick of hearing me talking about this and always offering to put some on their face. 

The Claim 

- draws dirt and other harmful substances from clogged pores (blackheads/whiteheads) 
- draws and reduces oil  (i.e.. T zone) 
- aids with locking in hydration 
- brightens the skin 

Instructions  (Roughly Translated from the label)

- Wash your face and remove all make up residues 
- Using a warmed up towel, cover your face, especially the nose area (this assist in opening up your pores) 
- Use a spatula to scoop out the Hanaka Charcoal Mask and place on the face. 
- Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes 
- Use cold water to clean off the mask 
- Use a toner to lightly pat over your face.

So... I took a picture of myself with the mask... but I can't find the it. But I have my bf's picture with the mask on. Yup. Looks pretty army like with it on and he loves the mask because it clears up his pimples!  
I hope he never reads my blog.... or I am in trouble haha 

I love it because...

- It contains charcoal! 
So charcoal is an amazing phenomenon on earth, it is primarily a carbon substance formed by charring organic material in the absence of oxygen. It has strong absorption properties, and therefore has the benefits of helping unclog pores and fight acne. 
Fun Fact; charcoal has the ability to adsorb thousands of times its own mass in harmful substance. 

- Subsides redness.
This is my secret for reducing the discomfort of red or itchy skin (possibly from hay fever), I find that when I have used the mask, it reduces redness and itchiness on my skin quite substantially. 

- It is a gentle hero. 
I use the mask twice to three times a week because it is not harsh or overwhelming. 
Unlike pore strips, it is not harsh and doesn't feel like my pores have been ripped apart in the process of cleaning my blackheads. 

- It is surprisingly moisturising. 
When I went through my terrible dry and acne prone month of October, I used this and it subsided the dry skin, and provided temporary relief to the flakiness of my skin. 
Unlike clay masks, its does not dry my skin, therefore there isn't the immediately rush for a moisturising product to compensate for the dryness. 

- Slow and Steady Wins the Race. 
 I would not expect a sudden amazing complexion change from using this mask once, I say this it like the tortoise in the tortoise and the hare race. 
It slowly works at softening your blackheads and removing dirt and reducing the size of your pores, and consistent use of the mask will showed amazing change in my skin. Complexion is improved and blackheads reduced dramatically. 

Purchased from iMomoko
Disclaimer; this is NOT a sponsored post. 

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  1. It looks great, thank you for reviewing it!
    Btw, I would like to invite you on my giveaway:

    1. Hi Camille, thanks for the lovely comment!
      I will definitely check out your giveaway! So generous of you ^^

  2. Aww the packaging of this is so cute! I've never tried any charcoal product before, but it sounds like an amazing mask for the face to draw out impurities! Thanks for reviewing this product :)


    1. it is super cute right! When I went to Japan the uncle bus driver had a charcoal deodoriser and he said the absorption is amazing due to charcoal's natural properties - so he was like girls should buy some charcoal masks!
      But it is a nice mask for the long haul, gentle enough to continuously use and improve skin!

      thank you for the lovely comments!

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    1. I do too!!
      Which charcoal masks do you use?

  4. oooh, Ive never tried a charcoal mask yet and I'm hoping this will be the first brand on trying it! thanks for sharing ^_~

    1. you should try this one! Its a huge tub for about AUD$45, cheaper then sheet masks!

      thank you for your comment janet.
      p.s I love your blog! I don't know how you do it! Always so consistent with good posts!

  5. I have heard lots of good things about this mask!! My skin tend to get congested so I must give this mask a try. Thanks for the lovely review!

    1. Definitely try it! It cleared my skin slowly over time! I hope it works just as nicely as you!

      thanks for your comment!

  6. hi! do you know where i can get this in sg?

    1. Hi, you can purchase it online at imomoko