Activated charcoal is making headlines for its detoxifying properties.
It seems counterintuitive that charcoal, the same substance that produces a sooty mess in your Weber, would also be used as a cleanser. But indeed, activated coal—an extra-absorbent treated carbon—is appearing in more and more beauty and wellness products lately, and drawing praise for its detoxifying properties. The theory, experts say, is that activated coal serves as a sort of magnet, drawing away dirt, oil and other toxins. Try one of these products and discover its benefits for yourself.
Boscia Black Charcoal Cleansing Cloths, $15, Sephora
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These soft cleansing sheets are infused with a coal-based formula that claims to deep clean and minimize the appearance of pores.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, $27, Halls Kansas City
Apply this charcoal powder-based mask for ten minutes once or twice a week to help clarify oily skin and a congested T-zone.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $27, Ulta
This once-a-week treatment created with bamboo ash can help tame acne-prone skin.
Beauty Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder, $34.99, beautycharcoal.com
It’s definitely an acquired taste (and texture) but devotees of this product say it helps remove surface stains, leaving teeth looking brighter.