Trend to try: Charcoal beauty products

Activated charcoal is hailed as the new godsend for oily, spotty and toxin-laden skin. Yay or nay? Here’s our top 8 picks to try.

Paint me black: Activated charcoal is hailed as the new godsend for oily, toxin-laden skin
Paint me black: Activated charcoal is hailed as the new godsend for oily, toxin-laden skin
26 Jul 2017

Paint me black: Activated charcoal is hailed as the new godsend for oily, toxin-laden skin

It’s in your face mask, cleansers and even in your toothpaste. The humble activated charcoal (wood, peat, bamboo or coconut that has been heated by a gas) seems to be ubiquitous in our beauty cabinet these days, thanks to its ability to bind itself to substances like skin toxins, dirt and sebum that may lead to clogged or blemished skin. 

1. Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying haircare range, $4.90 to $16.90
1. Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying haircare range, $4.90 to $16.90
26 Jul 2017

1. Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying haircare range, $4.90 to $16.90

With its ability to absorb excess sebum and draw out dirt, it’s a wonder that no one’s thought of using charcoal in a shampoo till now. The charcoal used in this popular US haircare brand’s Purifying range is derived from coconuts and is blended with citrus oils to thoroughly deep-cleanse congested scalps of sebum and styling product debris.  

2. The Konjac Company Konjac Sponge Puff with Bamboo Charcoal, $18 from Sephora
2. The Konjac Company Konjac Sponge Puff with Bamboo Charcoal, $18 from Sephora
26 Jul 2017

2. The Konjac Company Konjac Sponge Puff with Bamboo Charcoal, $18 from Sephora

Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, the bamboo charcoal in this konjac sponge contains activated carbon and minerals to help purge skin of toxins, excess sebum and acne bacteria. 

3. First Aid Beauty Cleansing Body Polish with Active Charcoal, $32 from Sephora
3. First Aid Beauty Cleansing Body Polish with Active Charcoal, $32 from Sephora
26 Jul 2017

3. First Aid Beauty Cleansing Body Polish with Active Charcoal, $32 from Sephora

This unique paste-like exfoliator-cleanser magically transforms into a foam when it comes into contact with water and is easily rinsed off to unveil smoother, more glowy skin. A combination of chemical and physical exfoliators slough off dead skin cells, while emollient argan oil, honey and vitamin E hydrates and aids skin repair.

 

4. Sephora Collection Charcoal Exfoliating Wipes, $10 per pack of 25 wipes
4. Sephora Collection Charcoal Exfoliating Wipes, $10 per pack of 25 wipes
26 Jul 2017

4. Sephora Collection Charcoal Exfoliating Wipes, $10 per pack of 25 wipes

One side of this charcoal-infused cleansing wipe removes makeup and grime effortlessly, while the rougher exfoliating side smoothes out uneven skin, open pores and rough patches. Our complexion was left perfectly purified and smoothened. Our new fave travel companion. 

5. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $50
5. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $50
26 Jul 2017

5. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, $50

Activated charcoal and combined with white china clay to reduce excess sebum and prevent future breakouts by removing impurities lodged deep into the pores. 

6. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-off Treatment, $57
6. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-off Treatment, $57
26 Jul 2017

6. Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-off Treatment, $57

The pretty swirly black-and-white pattern in the jar is created by the three main ingredients in this wash-off mask – activated black charcoal, Binchotan white charcoal powder and kaolin clay. The black bamboo charcoal is injected with steam so as to introduce thousands of tiny air pockets so that it is able to absorb a thousand times its weight in impurities. Both the white charcoal and clay work to re-balance oily and combination skin, and helps skin to maintain its hydration levels as well for a healthier complexion. 

7. Arcona Magic Black Ice Volcanic Exfoliating Mask (AM/PM), $94 from Sephora
7. Arcona Magic Black Ice Volcanic Exfoliating Mask (AM/PM), $94 from Sephora
26 Jul 2017

7. Arcona Magic Black Ice Volcanic Exfoliating Mask (AM/PM), $94 from Sephora

The name of this mask sounds deeply mysterious (we’re still not sure what the AM/PM means) but this black-coloured mask contains some potent exfoliators like volcanic sand, black lava and charcoal to re-surface seriously thickened skin. Simply apply onto clean, dry skin for leave on for up to 20 minutes before massaging it onto the skin with wet fingertips to enhance exfoliation. Oh yes, it also contains mandelic acid and grapefruit oil to further exfoliate and brighten dull skin. 

8. MediHeal BlackCharcoal Meshpeel Mask, $8.90 for a single pack from Watsons stores
8. MediHeal BlackCharcoal Meshpeel Mask, $8.90 for a single pack from Watsons stores
26 Jul 2017

8. MediHeal BlackCharcoal Meshpeel Mask, $8.90 for a single pack from Watsons stores

Love mud masks but are also intrigued by the purifying properties of charcoal? Kill two birds with one stone with this peel-off sheet mask. The mud and charcoal both work to draw out impurities from the skin, and once it’s dried, you peel it off to unplug blackheads and clogged pores too. 

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