Charcoal is not exactly a new beauty ingredient, but it’s gaining popularity these days (maybe people are getting tired of coconut oil? Who knows). I like the idea that its natural detoxifying properties help draw out toxins and impurities in the skin – and you know, the fact that most of these products just look super cool. It’s used for teeth-whitening and in spa facial treatments, but there are plenty of inexpensive ways to give this product a try yourself. Here are a few:
Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal
I’ve talked about how much I love these little sponges before; they’re such a pleasant way to wash the day’s makeup and stress from your face before bed. This one is made with konjac root which absorbs impurities and it works together with the charcoal for gentle exfoliation. And it’s cool looking, and totally goes with my black and white bathroom. Consider it purchased.
Sephora Collection Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papers
Depending on how oily your complexion is, or how hot your climate is, blotting papers can be a lifesaver to keep you from looking greasy or shiny without having to wipe off all your makeup. Apparently bamboo charcoal is particularly known for antibacterial and antifungal properties, and these simple, light sheets are easy to keep in your purse for a quick touch-up.
Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Mask
Masks are so much fun to do at home – they’re so luxurious and you get to walk around your house like a muddy weirdo, and then when you wipe all the gunk off your face is smooth like a baby’s butt. I have a love/hate relationship with masks though, as my skin seems to react negatively to them more than most other skincare products—so it’s worth testing any mask on the back of your hand before you smear your face with it. In any case, this pore-minimizing hydrogel is free of parabens and sulfates and once again, the star ingredient charcoal is said to leave your skin extra-clean and soft.
Biore Charcoal Pore Strips
You know the deal - you wet your nose, put the strip on, wait for it to dry like paper mache, and then pull that sucker off – along with a bunch of blackheads. Not sure how this is different from the regular ones, but hey, it works.
Sephora Collection Detox it out: Charcoal Swabs
So, I haven’t tried these, but they basically look like charcoal Q-Tips; they’re marketed for helping remove/fix/apply product, with one of the biggest selling points that the darker color helps apply lighter products like highlighter and lighter shadows. This one seems the most gimmicky, but hey, for $3, it’s not the worst mistake you’ve ever made in Sephora.
Have you tried any of these products? Let us know in the comments!