Let’s face it, we’re all obsessed with masks. And if one lands on my desk and has the word “detox” in its name, it’s immediately thrown in my purse and coming home with me to be tested ASAP. Needless to say, when Rodan + Fields sent me its new Recharge Detox Mask ($60)—it launches today and is the latest addition to the three-step Recharge Regimen that debuted last fall—I was giddy with anticipation and happy I had no plans that evening, well, that is if you don’t count the major pore-purging goodness I was about to experience while my eyes were glued to The Bachelor.
After applying the jet-black, creamy, charcoal-infused mask all over my face, I let it sit for 10 minutes. Although it does contain synthetic fragrance and has a subtle floral scent, it didn’t aggravate my skin, and as it dried, my face still felt comfortable rather than annoyingly tight, which happens with some detox masks. When it came time to remove it, I used a warm wash cloth (I recommend using a dark one) and was thrilled at how smooth my skin felt and how tight my pores looked.
The secret lies in an under-the-radar key ingredient: volcanic sand (you can feel a little grit in the mask). The inspiration behind Japanese sand-bathing rituals—you are essentially buried under hot sand from the neck down and reap a ton of detoxifying, anti-inflammatory benefits—volcanic sand is wonder-worker in the exfoliating department, but not too harsh that it irritates skin. Pair it with charcoal and rich mango seed butter, coconut oil and avocado oil, and you get a magical potion that draws gunk out from the pores while pushing nourishing fatty acids in. It’s a win-win that resulted in a serious glow.
And I’m not the only one experiencing these results: In a four-week clinical and consumer study in the U.S., 100 percent of those who used the mask two to three times per week (as suggested by R+F) saw more luminous, radiant and brighter skin; 86 percent said their skin looked and felt less oily; and 68 percent noted smaller-looking pores.
I have to admit, I’m hooked!