Originally published at: https://www.adorebeauty.com.au/beautyiq/trending-can-charcoal-skin/
It’s the latest ‘it’ ingredient in skincare right now, but what’s so good about charcoal, and why is it suddenly so popular?
What You Need To Know About Charcoal
More specifically, activated charcoal. It's not new - in fact, it's been around for many years, but it's caught the attention of the skincare world, and is even making its way into toothpaste!?
When activated charcoal is used in skincare, the idea is that the carbon component acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil, which is why we’re now seeing a lot of masks on the market containing activated charcoal. I mean, who doesn’t want dirt and oil vacuumed out of their pores?
How Can Charcoal Improve My Skin?
You'll usually find activated charcoal in skincare masks and treatments. Depending on the product, you can see the following benefits:
It can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores by clearing out oil & dirt
It can help to balance excess oil production
Reduces the occurrence of acne by drawing out bacteria
Leaves the skin feeling smooth and clean
I’ve been dabbling in charcoal masks myself, and here are my top product suggestions if you want to try it for yourself!
For Dry, Dull Skin:
Try: philosophy the microdelivery detoxifying oxygen peel
This 2-step peel purifies and detoxifies, while also giving your skin the brightening effect of an oxygen facial.
- Activated charcoal draws out dirt and impurities from the skin
The second step re-energises the skin with a boost of oxygen
Skin is left smooth, soft and hydrated
The complexion looks clearer and brighter
"Can't say enough about this product. It's cleared up persistent tiny acne bumps on my cheeks and made them completely disappear. My skin is clear and bright now. I use it twice a week. Total philosophy convert!!"
For Problematic, Acne-Prone Skin:
Try: Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask
Suitable for all skin types (but in my opinion, amazing for acne-prone skin), this mask is an all-in-one solution for redness, inflammation and breakouts.
- Detoxifies and invigorates the skin
Soothes inflammations and nourishes skin
Niacinamide calms & hydrates
Refines skin texture for a smoother, more even complexion
★★★★★ Love this - Elizabeth
"This a great detox for the skin. If I feel like I'm getting a pimple or feeling blah I just pop this on for ten minutes and pimples seem to start to disappear and my skin is exfoliated, glowing and smooth! Best of all it doesn't seem to dehydrate my skin and it does the opposite to breaking me out! It really is a great mask!"
For Sensitive & Ageing Skin:
Try: Cosmedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask
Targeting the effects of free radical damage that can lead to accelerated signs of ageing, this mask combines everything you want in your charcoal mask.
- Kaolin Clay based formula that gently exfoliates skin
Draws out impurities and effectively cleanses away pollutants
Visibly brightens the skin for a more radiant complexion
Also great for those with sensitive skin and congested pores
Tip: When you apply this mask, firstly rub into the skin like an exfolitating scrub, using a circular massage motion, before leaving it to sit on the skin for 10-15 minutes.