Before I start talking about this Charcoal range from Bioré I thought I would give you a bit of background on my skin and what I look for in skincare products.
Historically I have always had oily and acne prone skin and as I age my skin has become less acne prone (just the occasional spot) but it has maintained its oiliness and I also have to deal with the appearance of pores. I am a bit funny with skincare because I believe in spending money on key products (serums, eye creams, moisturisers etc) but when it comes to basic skincare (cleansers, exfoliants, soaps) then I am all for trying more affordable options.
I have used Bioré products on and off for years (mainly one of their gel cleansers and their pore strips) and I was super excited to be given the opportunity to trial their Charcoal range. Not only have I been a fan of Bioré in the past, but charcoal sounds awesome because a) it's black and looks badass and b) because charcoal is supposed to help draw out more dirt and impurities from the skin.
The products I have been trying over the last few weeks are the Self-Heating One Minute Mask, the Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar, the Charcoal Pore Minimiser, the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. Now lets talk about them in more detail.
The Self-Heating One Minute Mask contains 4 single use sachets and $7.99 from Priceline. You use it by wetting your clean face and then you massage the mask onto your face for a minute. The water will activate the mask and it will start to heating it up. The heating is pretty cool but also fleeting, it probably lasts for a few seconds and then the reaction has ended. Nevertheless this is a very quick way to purify your pores. I didn't notice a great difference in my skin using this mask, but I will keep using it and see how it goes after a few applications.
Lets not beat around the bush, my favourite product in the range is the Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar. Generally soap is soap and there aren't enough brands provide decent soaps to help purify the body. This soap is amazing! It is black (which means my boyfriend is willing to use it), it smells minty and it contains exfoliating particles. This is a pleasure to use and I feel as though I am getting a good clean instead of just rubbing a nice smelling bar of bubbles on my skin. I love the exfoliating particles because they are gentle enough to use everyday, but also effective. I also love the minty scent... it just feels so fresh and clean. I tend to get break outs on my shoulders when I have been working out or when the weather is warm... this is my new go to soap to help clarify my skin. This retails for $4.99 from Priceline and I am going to go buy a few backups this week!
One product that I am on the fence about is the Charcoal Pore Minimiser. This an exfolinat that is designed to minimise pores. I haven't been using this for long enough to know if it indeed does that, but I do know that I personally prefer an exfoliant with a bit more grit to it, and I wasn't a big fan of the old school toothpaste packaging, it doesn't provide for enough control and I found that I always dispensed too much product. Other than that it's not a bad product, but it has potential to be better. This retails for $10.99 for 92ml from Priceline.
I also love the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser which is similar to an old Biore cleanser that I used to love. This foams up well, cleanses the skin well, isn't too harsh, it definitely draws out impurities and dirt and it gives you a minty tingle which I love! I wouldn't recommend this to people with super dry or sensitive skin, but I think it is fab! This contains 200ml and retails for $10.99 from Priceline.
Lastly I also love the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips! I am a fan of pore strips in general (who doesn't like pulling it off and seeing all the gunk that has been pulled out?!), but these are on the next level. I don't know if I'm just mesmerised by the jet black strips that remind me of Batman, but I do think that these work better than normal pore strips. They tend to dry a little firmer and are that little bit more effective. Has anyone else tried them and think that? This comes with 6 strips and retails for $7.29 from Priceline. Since these aren't the cheapest pore strips I would keep an eye out for sales and stock up.
Overall I think this is a great range. These charcoal products help purify the skin and I think most skin types will get along with them. They are affordable and effective and I don't see the point in spending heaps of money on cleansers and soaps when you can get products like these. I highly recommend the soap (which will no doubt become my holy grail soap), the cleanser and the pore strips.
You buy Biore from Priceline, Target, Chemist Warehouse, Big W, My Chemist, Woolworths and Coles.
Have you tried this range? What are your thoughts?