Usually, when you hear the word “charcoal,” you think of day drinking and drunk-eating hotdogs, but like, who would’ve thought the same shit was apparently amazing for your skin and overall health?! If you haven’t already noticed, most of our fave beauty brands started bringing out active charcoal-infused products, like cleansers, masks, and even toothpaste. Although, brushing your teeth with a black charcoal substance def looks and sounds gross af, so not really swayed to try that one out. According to
1. Boscia Charcoal MakeUp Melter Cleansing Oil-Balm
Not only does this remove a day’s worth of pollution off of your face, but it also removes your makeup amazingly. Like, even the annoying waterproof mascara that doesn’t seem to come off. It’s super gentle on the skin and provides tons of hydration so your face doesn’t get dry af afterwards.
2. Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
Basically, this is an amazing face wash with a charcoal formula that’s oil-free, and you can get it at like, Duane Reade or whatever your go-to drugstore is, for less than $10.
3. Earth Therapeutics Charcoal Mesh Sponge
Whether you care for lathering yourself in a charcoal wash or not, this mesh sponge is literally infused with charcoal so it gently scrubs the entire body just as well. It removes dead skin and unclogs pores for fresh, clean, smooth skin. This is better than…sliced bread, essentially. I can easily think of another analogy, but I’m hungover and sliced bread means a lot to me rn.
4. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment Mini
This brand is all over Instagram and that stupid glitter app people actually pay for, KiraKira. It actually does wonders and looks cute af in the packaging, though. This multi-purpose treatment gets rid of blemishes as well as rude imperfections like ingrown hairs and razor bumps. The formula consists of six acids and activated charcoal, so you know your skin will be v pure after use.
5. Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub
The 2-in-1 clay mask has natural ingredients, and it removes dirt and acne by detoxifying, brightening, and exfoliating your skin. It’s v deep cleansing and easy on the skin, so just leave on for like, five minutes to start seeing results.