Activated charcoal. Heard of it before? We’re not surprised. You’ve probably seen a slew of black soaps, face masks, toothpastes and exfoliators bombarding your Insta feeds.
The reason? When used properly, this beauty ‘it’ ingredient is well worth the hype. Toxins are attracted to the charcoal like a magnet as the product is used, resulting in minimised pores and brighter, well exfoliated and deeply cleansed skin. If it’s a hair product, it can reduce dandruff and even add a little va-va-volume.
Don’t even get us started on the charcoal toothpaste benefits. Let’s just say – black toothpaste really does give you whiter teeth. Plus point: it’s natural and free of all those unnecessary chemicals.
Check out the best activated charcoal products you need to get your hands on right now.
Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar
Named for the ‘miracles’ it works on your skin, this charcoal-infused soap bar softens, cleanses and detoxes skin for a more radiant complexion. Use all over your body for a truly purifying lather.
Le Labo Charcoal Face Mask
Although Le Labo might be best known for their intoxicating perfumes, this jet black charcoal face mask is completely scent-free making it perfect for sensitive skin. Formulated with clarifying Bitter Almond and repairing Radish Seed, this does the job of a detoxing clay mask minus the dryness.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo
Briogeo’s scalp-safe dry shampoo draws out impurities to clean hair and keep your scalp in tip top condition at the same time.
Erborian Charcoal Konjac Sponge
If you haven’t got your hands on a konjac sponge then get on it. The only way to wash your face, this bamboo charcoal infused version helps remove dirt and mattify oily skin.
Sister & Co. Skin Food Raw Coconut & Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Polish
Sounds backwards but black activated charcoal toothpaste is actually the secret to whiter teeth. The charcoal attaches itself to dirt and toxins on your teeth and takes them with it when you rinse. Genius.