This unexpected beauty ingredient is popping up in all kinds of formulas, thanks to its ability to absorb dirt and oil from skin and hair. Here, six charcoal products that light our fire.
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Polishing Mask
Do your pores drive you crazy? Though you can't alter their size (they, unfortunately, get larger with age), you can make them appear smaller by keeping them clean. This face mask contains charcoal to absorb dirt and oil as well as black sugar to exfoliate. Once or twice a week (or whenever your skin looks congested), apply a layer all over skin and leave on for five minutes. Then, wet hands, massage the formula in, and rinse with warm water to reveal a smooth, clear complexion.
To buy: $4, drugstore.com.
Bioré Deep Charcoal Cleanser
Ideal for oily skin types and those with clogged pores, this daily face wash is packed with charcoal powder to help draw out impurities and excess oil. Massage the thick gel onto damp skin to create a rich lather. Let it sit for about a minute to allow the charcoal to seep into pores before rinsing. Not only does it leave skin super clean and refreshed, but is also helps the rest of your skincare products penetrate better.
To buy: $6, target.com.
Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo
Styling products (gel, mousse, hairspray) can build up on your scalp and cause your hair to feel dirty. This sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo contains charcoal derived from coconut shells, plus lemon and grapefruit oils to deep clean your strands and scalp without leaving them dry or itchy. Use it daily—or once a week—as a refresh button for guaranteed good hair days.
To buy: $6, ulta.com.
Earth Therapeutics Purifying Mesh Exfoliator
If you're ready to replace your shower pouf (aim to do so every three months), check this out: Medicinal charcoal is embedded into the mesh fibers of this new loofah so it won't wash out. Squirt a dollop of body wash onto the pouf, and then massage it onto your skin using circular motions. The textured mesh will exfoliate dead skin cells, while the charcoal will help draw out impurities, leaving skin smooth and clean from head to toe.
To buy: $7, earththerapeutics.net.
Boscia Black Charcoal Cleansing Cloths
Keep your skin clear and remove makeup on-the-go with these charcoal-infused face wipes. You get the purifying benefits of charcoal, along with the clarifying benefits of glycolic acid, plus free radical protection from black tea. One cloth whisks away makeup, dirt, and oil, yet leaves skin feeling just right—not greasy or tight. They're also TSA-approved for easy travel.
To buy: $15, sephora.com.
Sephora Collection Deluxe Charcoal Antibacterial Brush Set
Dirty makeup brushes can lead to breakouts and even cause allergies. The soft, synthetic bristles used in this six-piece set are made with antimicrobial charcoal powder so they stay cleaner longer. Included in the set is a foundation brush, an angled brush for contouring, a sweep brush for highlighting, a concealer brush, an eye shadow brush, and an angled eyeliner brush—all of which are housed in a convenient travel pouch.
To buy: $62, sephora.com.