Hair & Beauty

Black Magic | Charcoal Beauty Products To Transform Your Skin

By Marilynn McLachlan
11th May 2017

Last year we wrote about how black is, well, the new black, with activated charcoal drinks hitting restaurants and cafes in all its detoxifying glory. And while it’s good for your insides, it turns out that charcoal is just as good when used as a beauty product.

Why? This wonder ingredient is known for purifying your skin and hair, giving you that much sought-after glow. Essentially, charcoal has the ability to attract dirt and oil, helping you get rid of those annoying zits, minimise those pores and leave your skin looking and feeling great.

Here are eight charcoal beauty products to try for yourself.

Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay

It’s not all about the face—apply the Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay to benefit both your mind and body. Slather your body in the thick creamy lotion and wait for it to dry before washing off in the shower. You’ll be left feeling completely cleansed and with silky smooth skin.

QVS Charcoal Cleansing Sponge

Cleansing is an essential part of anyone’s beauty routine, but if you’re prone to acne, or have oily skin then it can be difficult to find a product that doesn’t exasperate the situation. Cue the QVS Charcoal Cleansing Sponge. Any dirt and oil in your skin is attracted to the charcoal sponge, and you’ll be left feeling like your face has had a deep clean!

BIORÉ Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

If blackheads on your nose are a problem, then Biore’s Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips are for you. Warm your skin to open the pores and then apply a strip, leaving it until it is completely dry. Strip it away and enjoy the feeling of freshness.

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask

If your face is in need of some serious TLC, look no further than Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Mask. This fast-acting product works to give your skin a deep clean while the added sulphur will give brighten it, giving tired skin a much needed boost.

LUSH CoalFace Facial Soap

While you may know them best for their bath bombs, LUSH also embrace the charcoal beauty trend with their CoalFace Facial Soap. This cleansing bar helps to clean up congested skin, balance oils and heal as it goes. As a bonus, it contains liquorice and essential oils sandalwood and rosewood—perfect for those who are prone to breakouts.

Sukin Oil Balancing Anti-Pollution Facial Masque

One of the best natural ranges available, Sukin also embraces the charcoal beauty trend. Sukin’s Oil Balancing Anti-Pollution Facial Masque is a true treat for your skin. Enriched with bamboo charcoal, rooibos tea and willowherb to soak in those impurities, the bilberry, white tea and pomegranate infuse your skin with antioxidants, leaving you with glowing skin—without the shine.

GLAMGLOW Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser

Gentle enough to use everyday, GLAMGLOW’s Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser transforms from a mud-like substance to a gentle foam to gently cleanse your skin. Detoxifying, refining and soothing, it will leave your skin replenished and refreshed.

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purifying Charcoal

A must-buy for anyone serious about glowing skin is L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purifying Charcoal face mask.  This beauty slathers smoothly onto the skin to be left until it dries before washing it off. It’s a truly luxurious experience, with the mask containing three clays, including kaolin, montmorillonite and ghassoul, as well as charcoal to draw out oils and dirt, leaving your skin feeling softer and brighter.

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