A year ago when I’d hear the word ‘charcoal’, I would instantly be reminded of a hot, delicious barbecue. Not anymore though! Now when I hear that word, the first thing that pops into my mind is a face mask or a cleanser, or even toothpaste. Barbecues can take a back seat. Charcoal-based beauty products are the new thing.
If you’re like me, you’ve already done a handful of research to buy the best charcoal based products in the market for your skin or teeth. And why wouldn’t you have? Not only are they trending these days, but they’re super legit.
Need to know what charcoal-based product you should get yourself on your next shopping trip? Read on!
Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask
This amazing charcoal-based mask does leave your skin looking a little dirty when you’re applying it but that’s a common problem for all charcoal products. Once it’s removed though, it’s a completely different story. This facial mask leaves your skin looking fresh, warm and flawless and is a great alternative to an exfoliator.
The Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask is a best-seller on Amazon and it costs only a measly six dollars.
Biore Cleansing Pore Charcoal Strips
How many times have you tried natural DIY remedies to clean your blackheads and completely failed? Truth be told, I’ve tried everything too. From tomatoes to egg whites; everything was a disappointment. Then I shifted to blackhead removal strips on the market but to no avail.
That’s when the Biore Cleansing Pore Strips came in – they’re efficient in what they claim to do, budget-friendly and definitely something to add to your shopping cart. The activated charcoal has oil-absorbing properties hundreds of times better than any other ingredient and is a solid, scientific proof for better removal of your blackheads.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
This one is a common product that you MUST have seen around on your charcoal beauty products researching adventures. With ingredients like white china clay and bamboo charcoal, the Origins charcoal mask is great for unclogging dirty pores. It stings a little on application but the pain is endurable and forgotten quickly when the skin comes out looking fresh and beautiful. Compared to the Biore facial masks, the Origins is a little more costly (US $34).
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask
The Clinique mask is quite similar to the Origin one but unlike the latter, Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask works great for oily-skin types since its consistency is matte-like. It absorbs extra oil and detoxifies the skin. The mask sells at Sephora for US $25 and is a good purchase for people with oily skin.
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser
Let’s not completely discredit our natural cleansers, the tomatoes. Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser combines tomato extracts and jojoba beads to make this facial cleanser so much more potent than products that use only activated charcoal as its definitive ingredient. The key ingredient in the Yes to Tomatoes cleanser is the 1% Salicylic Acid that works wonders on hyper pigmented skin. Priced at only US $9, the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is great for oily, acne-prone skin and leaves the face feeling silky smooth. It even smells great!
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask
Another ingredient that’s good for your skin is black sugar. This Freeman product combines black sugar and activated charcoal to produce a mask and a scrub for your face. It literally costs only a few dollars (US $4) and is a super drug-store beauty product.
Okay so if you’ve been following up on beauty bloggers on Youtube, you would have heard about this one. Recall those video thumbnails with black charcoal teeth that you were too disgusted to click open. Yup, it’s time you get over that and add one to your cart too. Activated charcoal has shown to whiten teeth drastically. Forget baking soda! It’s time to switch some things up.
A little on the high-end, Carbon Coco needs a few minutes of application and leaves you with pearly-white teeth. You can get the whole Carbon Coco kit that includes charcoal toothpaste, tooth polish and a bonus tooth brush in US $60. It tastes like spearmint so you don’t have to worry when you put it in your mouth. It works great on the gums as well and leaves the breath smelling fresh.
Boom! Toothy Tabs
Lush’s Boom! Toothy Tabs are an alternative for Carbon coco if you’re too skeptical to put something like charcoal on your teeth. All you have to do is chew and swallow them. They taste like cola and have a detoxifying property than leaves the mouth fresh and clean. Furthermore, it is priced only at US $ 10, making it a lot more affordable than Carbon Coco.
Garnier has made a big name in the beauty industry with its endless range of face products and cleansers. Now they have jumped into the charcoal bandwagon too and among other charcoal-based products, their cleansing makeup wipes are great for a quick and clean removal of makeup, dirt and oil after a long day. (US $6)
Dark Angels Face Cleanser
There aren’t a lot of cosmetics or beauty products that work for more sensitive skin types. The Dark Angels Face Cleanser, however, is formulated especially for the sensitive, more acne prone skin. This cleanser works as a gentle exfoliating mask too, and has black sugar as one of its key ingredients as well. The application process might be a little dirty but it’s totally worth it! Depending on the quantity you want, the cleanser costs from $14 to $34.
Tom Ford Intensive Purifying Mud Mask for Men
We don’t want to discriminate but there’s a big possibility most of the people reading this article are female. But if you’re a man, don’t worry! We’ve got something for you too.
The Tom Ford Purifying Mud Mask is ideal for the male skin. It contains activated charcoal and clay that purifies and soaks up the dirt from your face. It even has a skin-brightening effect. There’s a catch though – it’s pretty expensive (US $90).