Who would have thought that smearing black charcoal across our skin or rubbing it into our teeth and hair would make things brighter, cleaner and more polished? Used for centuries in the Far East, charcoal is proven to have many natural benefits, making it a go-to ingredient in some of today’s top beauty products. Don’t know where to begin your charcoal journey? These seven charcoal beauty products you’ll love will be a great start. —Jennifer Cox
A new launch has reignited our excitement around charcoal, which is said to draw out excess oil, pollution and other impurities. Yardley London recently introduced its brand-new Activated Charcoal Moisturizing Bath Bar ($3.90 at Real Canadian Superstores), which is combined with bentonite clay to help cleanse, purify and detox the skin without drying it out. Bonus: it’s got a hint of stimulating spearmint essential oil to revive and energize. Free of parabens and never tested on animals, this Yardley Activated Charcoal Bath Bar is great for all skin types and gentle enough to use every single day. Rinse and repeat!
The C’est Moi purifying charcoal clay facial mask contains activated charcoal, salicylic acid, and apple, olive and ginger extracts. It gently exfoliates and minimizes the appearance of pores, leaving skin smooth and refined without stripping it of its natural moisture.
The Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap from Herbivore is gentle but it works. It’s especially effective on more oily, blemish-prone or combination skin types. Use it on your face or your body. It also has a pleasant citrusy scent.
Clean Charcoal Nose Strips from the Sephora Collection is a blackhead’s worst nightmare! These strips are made from 100 per cent charcoal fibre tissue, which helps reduce blackheads as well as impurities in only one use.
First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo from IGK Hair lets you to go longer between washes because the detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and build up while absorbing oil and sweat, even after you workout. Cool calming white tea powder strengthens hair follicles too.
Minimize the appearance of pores, refine skin texture, and brighten skin with an ultra-cool, ultra-light gel moisturizer formulated with Black Charcoal and Vitamin C from Boscia. After using their Revitalizing Black Charcoal Hydration Gel, your complexion will be left feeling smooth, refreshed, and clarified.
Davids Premium Natural Charcoal Toothpaste (available at well.ca) is designed to naturally whiten teeth, remove plaque, and freshen breath. With a focus on sustainability, this toothpaste, which comes in a recyclable tube, is fluoride- and SLS-free.