Best in Beauty: Charcoal

Charcoal, an ingredient that is popping up in many of our beauty products, can do wonders for your skin. Activated charcoal draws out bacteria, poisons, chemicals and dirt and gives that elaborate feeling one often thinks of when they picture in-depth beauty treatments. Now, charcoal goes beyond the basic mask.

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Best in Beauty: Charcoal
Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner, $5.99 each

Get all the gunk out of your hair with this duo made from charcoal derived from coconut shells. The charcoal is mixed with lemon and grapefruit oils to wash impurities away from the hair and scalp. Plus, it’s gentle enough for color-treated hair.

Source: Ulta
Best in Beauty: Charcoal
Earth Therapeutics Purifying Vegetable Body Sponge, $6

The benefits of charcoal can come from more than what you let seep into the skin. This body sponge works as an exfoliant to remove dead skin and leave behind a soft visage.

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Best in Beauty: Charcoal
Julep Konjac Sponge, $12

Goodbye, washcloths. The Julep Konjac face sponge, made with Konjac root and bamboo charcoal powder, is supersoft, so it won’t overwork your skin.

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Best in Beauty: Charcoal
Spa of the World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, $24

The tingling begins as soon as you smooth on this Himalayan charcoal body clay, and it continues throughout the 10-minute session. As a bonus, it is said to also draw out tension from the mind, leaving you de-stressed and calm. Does it really do that? Maybe, or maybe it was the extra 10 minutes of pampering.

Source: The Body Shop
Best in Beauty: Charcoal
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $26

A brand known for charcoal masks, Origins does not disappoint with this product. The paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free formula fixes dullness, oiliness and visibly reduces the size of pores.

Source: Sephora

(May 2017)

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