Charcoal skincare has been around for years, centuries even. Japan has used charcoal as a cleansing ingredient in their skincare products for centuries, and other countries like India and Egypt have used charcoal to treat wounds. It’s also used to treat people who have been poisoned; it’s an all-around miracle worker.
Charcoal skincare products have been part of my daily skincare routine for the last few years. At first, the thought of cleansing my face with charcoal seemed counterintuitive. How could something so dirty and grimy clean your skin? My continued use of charcoal in my skincare routine proves that it does work in getting my skin clean, removing impurities, and brightening my complexion.
From an exfoliating cleanser to a sponge that kicks skin into shape with just water, here are my Top 5 Favorite Charcoal Skincare Products.
LUSH Cosmetics Dark Angels Fresh Face Cleanser – $12.95 LUSHUSA.com
This multi-functional product that cleanses and exfoliates. I use this daily in the evenings when I need to remove New York City grime from my face. What do I get? Skin that’s clear and as smooth as a baby’s bottom. And you can also use it on your body! Read Review
Freeman Beauty Facial Polishing Mask, Charcoal & Black Sugar – $3.99 Ulta.com or Walgreens.com
A scrubby mask that gently exfoliate and cleanses skin. It leaves the skin soft, smooth and brighter. It’s also affordable. I had a review written up for this four months back. It has disappeared; however, you can view photos on my pinterest. 🙂
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – $17 origins.com
This was my first charcoal skincare product. It’s a weekly skincare mask that leaves your skin brighter and clearer; however, remember to moisturize afterward because it does tend to dry out [my] skin. It’s great for people with oily skin; if you’re more on the dry side you might want to stay away. Read Review
Belle Butters Neutralizing Butter for Oily Skin – 4 oz/ $15 Bellebutters.com
This is also a multi-functional product that serves as a cleanser, a mask, and makeup remover. This is perfect for whipping your skin back into shape after suffering a breakout. Money well spent because a little goes a long way! Read Review
Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal Sponge – $10 Amazon.com
This sponge can be used with or without cleanser, and works well both ways. It gently exfoliates the skin, making it perfect to use twice daily. Read review
If you suffer from oily, acne prone skin, or you would like to improve the overall look of your skin, try adding charcoal to your skincare routine. Any of these products work well enough to do so, and there are affordable options that will not break your bank!
Do you use charcoal in your skincare routine? Which product(s) do you use?
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