You can be forgiven if your mind automatically goes to barbeques and fireplaces and not masks and moisturisers when considering charcoal.
But, in fact, activated charcoal has become a super popular ingredient in beauty products, particularly those that aim to detoxify the skin.
Celebs have jumped on the charcoal bandwagon too, with Vanessa Hudgens, Khloe Kardashian and Shay Mitchell all spreading their love for the sooty saviour on Instagram.
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What does ‘activated’ charcoal mean?
The term ‘activated’ means that it’s been exposed to very high temperatures, creating microscopic, sponge-like holes that help it to absorb toxins and pollutants highly effectively. It’s been described as a magnet for dirt and oil clogging up pores on the face and body, and can even be used in toothpaste and supplements to purify from the inside out.
Think you could incorporate it into your regime? Check out our recommendations below:
This toothpaste reduces the build-up of bacteria by up to 90% for a superior deep clean. Its unique formula, which contains ultra mirco charcoal particles, penetrates deep into hard to reach places.
Colgate Total Charcoal Deep Clean, $4.99
This reusable exfoliating mitt preps limbs for self-tan application and is especially suited to spotty skin on the arms or back.
Le Tan Charcoal Exfoliating Mitt, $14.99
This semi-opaque black gel helps cleanse and protect skin against pollution and contains caffeine, an anti-irritant that calms and soothes the complexion.
Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel, $46
Think of it like a treatment mask for your body. Spread a thin layer on skin, focusing on dull, tired-looking areas, then rinse away with a warm towel after 10 minutes.
The Body Shop Spa of the World – Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, $46
A holistic supplement to ward off daily environmental toxins and balance your skin and body. It removes toxins from the gut and cells with ingredients like diindolylmethane (DIM) and charcoal and is ideal for those with hormonal, diet and stress induced acne and oily skin.
Osmosis Environmental Detox, $99
This charcoal tissue mask is boosted with black algae extract, LHA and hyaluronic acid to purify, minimise pores, refine skin texture and leave the face beautifully moisturised.
Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcoal Pore-Tightening Tissue Mask, $4.99
A grunty exfoliator, it polishes the skin to prepare it for moisturiser and helps to sweep away impurities, refine pores, and draw out environmental toxins.
Dr Lewinns Eternal Youth Skin Polishing Exfoliant, $34.99
Popped on for 10 minutes, this mask cleanses, purifies and balances skin oil levels, and also assists in improving the appearance of skin redness and evening the overall complexion.
By Nature Charcoal Clarifying Face Mask, $14.99
A revolutionary treatment mask for problematic, congested and dull skin, containing AHAs and BHAs as well as Activated-X Charcoal, an extreme absorption carbon that attracts toxins and dirt from deep in your pores. As the mask dries, pore-matrix dots appear to let you know the formula is working
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $39