How To Get Better Skin: Charcoal
Activated charcoal is the newest must-have beauty ingredient on the tongues (and faces) of beauty enthusiasts worldwide. The theory behind charcoal creating glowing, gorgeous skin goes something like this: Activated charcoal is actually carbon and carbon acts like a magnet, attaching itself onto dirt and oil and pulling debris out of pores. It absorbs over 100 times its weight in impurities, according to Wendy Brooks, director of global product development at Origins. Charcoal is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, but every face can use a bi-weekly charcoal mask to deep clean. Yes, the formula is thick and black and resembles concrete, but it’s worth the ick factor for the healthy, clean, oil-free glowing skin that it leaves behind.
Here are a few charcoal-infused products to try today:
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($25) – A mattifying mask that absorbs oils and removes impurities.
Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Activated Charcoal Bar Soap ($5) – Wash your face clean with this heavy-duty charcoal bar. Prefer a liquid cleanser? Try Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser ($10)
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores ($25) – A mask that pulls out all of the pore-clogging impurities.
Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal ($15) – Use this pore-perfecting charcoal cleansing sponge to cleanse away the day.
Sephora Collection Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papers ($8) – Oily skin has met its match. These thin blotting sheets remove excess oil without disrupting makeup application. Skin is left matte, refreshed, and oil-free.