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Charcoal Beauty Products
Charcoal is an ingredient that has swarmed beauty shelves over the years. It's in everything from our face masks to our toothpaste, but what is it and what does it do, exactly? We answer all your FAQs.
See our charcoal guide to answer your questions like what is charcoal and how does activated charcoal work.
Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash
Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase
BLEACH LONDON Smoky Shampoo
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual
The Grey Essentials Set
Patchology Breakout Box
Florence by Mills Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Color Palette Poise
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Color Palette Allure
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
skinChemists London Rose Quartz Mineral Night Moisturiser
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish
Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar
bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau De Parfum
Biolage R.A.W Re Bodify Mask
Philosophy Microdelivery Oxygen Peel Kit
MAC Small Eyeshadow
GLAMGLOW Super Cleanse Triple Charcoal Cream To Foam Cleanser
Madara SMART Anti-Pollution Charcoal & Mud Repair Mask
This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask
NYX Professional Makeup Metallic Eyeliner
Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Hydrogel Sheet Mask
NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask
Sanctuary Spa New Mum Box Of Treats
BeautyPro Purifying 3d Clay Mask
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask
Amika Reset Exfoliating Jelly Shampoo
The Konjac Sponge Company 100% Natural Vegetable Fibre Sponge With
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
Clinique Sonic System City Block Purifying Cleansing Brush Head
GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet Mask
NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Extreme Bubble Mask
NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Mask
TIGI Bed Head Wise Up Scalp Shampoo
Masque Bar Charcoal Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask 3 x 10ml
Erborian Black Scrub Mask
Origins Clear Improvement Oil Free Moisturiser With Bamboo Charcoal
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Sleeping Mask
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure Charcoal Purifying Clay Mask
NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil
ELEMIS Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask
Yes To Tomatoes 2 Step Nose Kit
Bulldog Oil Control Face Scrub
Garnier Pure Active Intensive Anti-Blackhead Charcoal Gel Wash
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water
Garnier Charcoal & Algae Purifying & Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
BLEACH LONDON Fade To Grey Toner Kit
The Ordinary The Balance Set
Rodial Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes
BeautyPro DETOXIFYING Foaming Cleansing Mask
Vichy Mini Mask Kit
Erno Laszlo Detox Ritual Set
Magnitone SuperNaturals Pore Ify Eco Skin Luxury Cleansing Set
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Color Palette Savage
Biolage R.A.W Uplift Shampoo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Charcoal products
What is charcoal?
It’s time to get technical: activated charcoal is the by-product of carbon-containing materials such as wood, coconut shells and peat (not the charcoal used for your summer BBQs). It’s been used in Ayurvedic treatments for centuries to treat issues such as gut health and is loved so much that it’s dubbed ‘black magic’.
How does activated charcoal work?
To put it simply, activated charcoal is more porous than regular charcoal. It boasts a negative electric charge, meaning it can attract, trap and absorb harmful toxins and chemicals before our body absorbs them. In fact, charcoal can hold over a thousand times its own mass, making it an ideal all-natural way to draw out dirt and impurities.
Why is charcoal used in beauty products?
There’s a reason why charcoal has stormed beauty formulas. It works by pushing oils, dead skin cells and bacteria to the surface of your skin, before absorbing them and carrying them away when you rinse your face. As a result, you’re left with a radiant complexion that’s totally clean and clear.
Why are charcoal masks good for your skin?
Charcoal face masks are your one-stop shop to a purified and clear complexion. Whether it’s a peel-off, foaming or sheet formula, they help to zap zits, banish breakouts, shrink pores and prevent blackheads.
What skin type is charcoal best for?
All skin types can use charcoal-infused products, but they are especially recommended for those who suffer with acne, blackheads and excess oil.
As charcoal tends to be quite stripping, it’s advised that you avoid using it frequently on dry areas of skin.
How does black charcoal for whiter teeth actually work?
In the same way that charcoal works for skin, it works for teeth. Stains, tartar and bacteria are all swooped up by the charcoal’s pores and washed away when you rinse your mouth. With frequent use, you can expect to reveal noticeably whiter teeth.
Are charcoal beauty products safe?
Totally. Your skin never absorbs the charcoal, which makes it completely safe for topical use. When it comes to brushing though, it can wear down the enamel on your teeth over time, so be sure to use a charcoal toothpaste that isn’t too abrasive.
Written by Hannah Liddle, Beauty Writer