Charcoal Beauty 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 and problem skin, blackheads and enlarged pores, 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.

See our charcoal guide to answer your questions like what is charcoal and how does activated charcoal work.

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Carbon Theory Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Mineral Breakout Control Facial Wet Mask
Carbon Theory Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Mineral Breakout Control Facial Wet Mask
$17.95
Melt Cosmetics Eye Pencil
Melt Cosmetics Eye Pencil
$17.00
Carbon Theory Facial Cleansing Bar
Carbon Theory Facial Cleansing Bar
$9.99
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
$34.00
IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo
IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo
$15.00
IGK First Class Detoxifying Charcoal Shampoo
IGK First Class Detoxifying Charcoal Shampoo
$29.00
-41%
Charlotte Tilbury The Icon Palette
Charlotte Tilbury The Icon Palette
$39.00 $66.00
-60%
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette
$12.79 $31.50
-32%
Melt Cosmetics Millennial Pinx Palette
Melt Cosmetics Millennial Pinx Palette
$40.00 $58.00
-33%
The Ordinary The Balance Set
The Ordinary The Balance Set
$27.50 $40.80
-12%
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau De Parfum
Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau De Parfum
$91.25 $103.00
-19%
NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette
NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette
$17.99 $22.10
-46%
NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil
NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil
$4.50 $8.30
-30%
Bulldog Oil Control Face Scrub
Bulldog Oil Control Face Scrub
$4.70 $6.70
-34%
Garnier Charcoal & Algae Purifying & Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
Garnier Charcoal & Algae Purifying & Hydrating Face Sheet Mask
$2.80 $4.20
-3%
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
$11.75 $12.00
Rodial Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask
Rodial Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask
$9.00
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40
$42.00
Bad Habit 10 Minute Rehab Green Juice Charcoal Detox Mask
Bad Habit 10 Minute Rehab Green Juice Charcoal Detox Mask
$25.50
Kérastase Specifique Argile Equilibrante Cleansing Hair Clay
Kérastase Specifique Argile Equilibrante Cleansing Hair Clay
$51.00
Kérastase Chronologiste Pre-Cleanse Regenerant
Kérastase Chronologiste Pre-Cleanse Regenerant
$46.00
Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase
Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase
$89.00
GLAMGLOW Super Cleanse Triple Charcoal Cream To Foam Cleanser
GLAMGLOW Super Cleanse Triple Charcoal Cream To Foam Cleanser
$32.00
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
$62.00
NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Extreme Bubble Mask
NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Extreme Bubble Mask
$9.70
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
$28.00
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask
$25.00
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish
$36.00
ELEMIS Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask
ELEMIS Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask
$45.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette
$45.00
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
$45.60
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual
Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual
$46.00
GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet Mask
GLAMGLOW Bubblesheet Mask
$11.10
GLAMGLOW Superserum
GLAMGLOW Superserum
$65.00
Origins Clear Improvement Oil Free Moisturizer With Bamboo Charcoal
Origins Clear Improvement Oil Free Moisturizer With Bamboo Charcoal
$38.00
-40%
Alterna My Hair. My Canvas. Shine On Defining Foam
Alterna My Hair. My Canvas. Shine On Defining Foam
$16.80 $28.00
-17%
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Color Palette Savage
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Color Palette Savage
$50.75 $60.80
-38%
Payot Paris Pate Grise Masque Charbon Ultra Absorbent Mattifying Care
Payot Paris Pate Grise Masque Charbon Ultra Absorbent Mattifying Care
$17.00 $27.00
-19%
Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser
Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser
$39.50 $48.30
-30%
Revolution Skincare Blemish 2% Salicylic Acid Mask
Revolution Skincare Blemish 2% Salicylic Acid Mask
$8.40 $12.00
-18%
FOREO UFO Matte Maniac Mask
FOREO UFO Matte Maniac Mask
$16.50 $20.00
-33%
Garnier Pure Active Intensive Anti Blackhead Charcoal Nose Strips
Garnier Pure Active Intensive Anti Blackhead Charcoal Nose Strips
$6.50 $9.70
-25%
Revolution Skincare Charcoal Pure Gommage Peel
Revolution Skincare Charcoal Pure Gommage Peel
$8.40 $11.10
-24%
Revolution Skincare Charcoal Purifying Face Mask
Revolution Skincare Charcoal Purifying Face Mask
$8.40 $11.00
-16%
NYX Professional Makeup Mattifying Charcoal Infused Shine Killer Face Primer
NYX Professional Makeup Mattifying Charcoal Infused Shine Killer Face Primer
$14.00 $16.60
-32%
Bulldog Oil Control Bar Soap
Bulldog Oil Control Bar Soap
$4.70 $6.90
-26%
Revolution Skincare Pore Cleansing Charcoal Peel Off Mask
Revolution Skincare Pore Cleansing Charcoal Peel Off Mask
$6.20 $8.30
-20%
Brushworks Konjac Sponge
Brushworks Konjac Sponge
$7.80 $9.70
-25%
Revolution Pore Cleansing Charcoal Nose Strips
Revolution Pore Cleansing Charcoal Nose Strips
$5.20 $6.90
-13%
NYX Professional Makeup 3-in-1 Brow Pencil
NYX Professional Makeup 3-in-1 Brow Pencil
$9.10 $10.40
-40%
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet
$1.80 $3.00
-20%
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel Off Mask Single Use
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel Off Mask Single Use
$4.50 $5.60
-4%
FOREO Call It A Night UFO Activated Mask
FOREO Call It A Night UFO Activated Mask
$9.99 $10.35
-4%
The Creme Shop Charcoal & Lemon Fusion Sheet Mask
The Creme Shop Charcoal & Lemon Fusion Sheet Mask
$2.89 $3.00
-1%
Carbon Theory Tea Tree Oil & Vitamin A Breakout Control Spot Paste
Carbon Theory Tea Tree Oil & Vitamin A Breakout Control Spot Paste
$24.95 $24.99
Payot Paris Optimale Gel Desincrustant Charbon: Anti-Imperfections Facial Cleanser
Payot Paris Optimale Gel Desincrustant Charbon: Anti-Imperfections Facial Cleanser
$24.99
Brushworks HD Multi Tasking Brush
Brushworks HD Multi Tasking Brush
$6.70
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Daily Face Scrub
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Daily Face Scrub
$6.90
Charlotte Tilbury 24 Hours Of Magic Skin Kit
Charlotte Tilbury 24 Hours Of Magic Skin Kit
$261.90
Nuxe Insta-Masque Trio Gift Set
Nuxe Insta-Masque Trio Gift Set
$25.60
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure Charcoal Purifying Daily Face Wash
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure Charcoal Purifying Daily Face Wash
$6.90
Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat
Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat
$28.00
Acqua di Parma Barbiere Face Clay Mask
Acqua di Parma Barbiere Face Clay Mask
$55.00
Payot Paris Pate Grise Gelee Nettoyante: Perfecting Foaming Gel
Payot Paris Pate Grise Gelee Nettoyante: Perfecting Foaming Gel
$19.80
Brushworks Charcoal Blotting Papers
Brushworks Charcoal Blotting Papers
$5.75
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo
$13.00
Le Labo Face Mask
Le Labo Face Mask
$45.00
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure Charcoal Purifying Tissue Mask
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Pure Charcoal Purifying Tissue Mask
$5.60
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick
$195.00
BPerfect Cosmetics Indestructi'brow Pencil
BPerfect Cosmetics Indestructi'brow Pencil
$9.25
GLAMGLOW Marilyn Monglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment
GLAMGLOW Marilyn Monglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment
$18.50
Sunday Riley Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub
Sunday Riley Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub
$38.00
Acqua di Parma Barbiere Pumice Face Scrub
Acqua di Parma Barbiere Pumice Face Scrub
$52.00
MAC Mineralize Reset & Revive Charcoal Mask
MAC Mineralize Reset & Revive Charcoal Mask
$34.00
Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap
Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap
$15.20
e.l.f. Cosmetics Charcoal Hydrogel Under Eye Masks
e.l.f. Cosmetics Charcoal Hydrogel Under Eye Masks
$8.00
Honest Beauty 3-In-1 Detox Mud Mask
Honest Beauty 3-In-1 Detox Mud Mask
$19.99
Christian Louboutin Beauty Eye Color
Christian Louboutin Beauty Eye Color
$50.00
e.l.f. Cosmetics No Budge Retractable Liner
e.l.f. Cosmetics No Budge Retractable Liner
$3.00
Davines The Circle Chronicles The Purity Circle
Davines The Circle Chronicles The Purity Circle
$11.00
e.l.f. Cosmetics Pore Refining Regimen Kit
e.l.f. Cosmetics Pore Refining Regimen Kit
$10.00
e.l.f. Cosmetics Solid Brush & Sponge Cleanser
e.l.f. Cosmetics Solid Brush & Sponge Cleanser
$4.00
Drybar On The Rocks Charcoal Scalp Scrub
Drybar On The Rocks Charcoal Scalp Scrub
$32.00
Necessaire The Body Exfoliator
Necessaire The Body Exfoliator
$30.00
Melt Cosmetics Mary Jane Eyeshadow Palette
Melt Cosmetics Mary Jane Eyeshadow Palette
$58.00
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Charcoal

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.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle, Beauty Writer

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