As midterm week, or weeks, as we like to call it, is winding down, you might find yourself overly tired and stressed out–and it shows, whether it be in the five pounds you gained from stress eating, the bags under your eyes from lack of sleep, or the overnight breakout that seems to have “magically” erupted on your face. And while we might not be able to help with the exhaustion, we know the trick to make you look, and even feel, a whole lot better. Charcoal.
You heard us right. Charcoal is not longer just for those summer BBQs. It’s the newest and hottest thing in all your beauty and skincare, whether you realize it or not. Activated charcoal, which is essentially treated carbon, has been added to face washes and face masks — even toothbrushes and toothpaste!
The secret to its success? In skincare products, charcoal acts as a magnet to draw out dirt and oil. The longer the product sits on your skin, the more effective it will be in drawing out toxins, because it cleans skin more deeply than the basic “soap and water” combo by minimizing your pores. Need any more convincing? It can also improve overall surface texture by acting as an intense moisturizer for dry patches of skin. In oral hygiene products, activated charcoal can remove plaque and be used to whiten teeth. It’s a win-win x 10.
We’ve picked some of the best charcoal beauty products, according to reviews, that will help you look your best, even when you don’t feel it. With these high quality but cheap finds, these products are the best of the best! Try a few out and let us know how you like them!
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
Biore is a drugstore brand that has definitely jumped on the charcoal bandwagon. The brand offers numerous products featuring the activated charcoal ingredient for a great value. It’s perfect for anyone on a college budget. The Deep Clean Charcoal Cleanser, which sells for $6.00, is great for acne prone skin. The product claims to get rid of pore clogging dirt and also detoxifies pores by drawing out and binding bacteria.
Bier Self-Heating 1 Minute Mask
Need something quick and effective? Biore also ventures into a charcoal Self Heating One Minute Mask. This mask, only $6, is the perfect product for the busy college girl on the go, and purifies skin in just one minute.
Freemans Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask
To reap the benefits of a longer mask application, try Freemans Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask, which costs only $3.00 a tube. This mask moisturizes as well as softens skin, and the activated charcoal locks out oil and toxins. This mask is more suited for normal and combination skin types, and can also double as a face scrub.
Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub
If blackheads are your main concern, Garnier’s Blackhead Eliminating Scrub fights off blackheads and keeps dirt from building up in your pores. According to Garnier, it claims to unclog pores in just one use! ($7.00 a tube)
Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Charcoal Bar Soap
To detoxify the whole body, try a bar soap like Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Activated Charcoal Bar Soap, which sells for only $3.00 and is great for cleansing the body after a tough and sweaty workout when pores are full of sweat, grime, and dirt.
inVitamin All Natural Activated Charcoal Tooth and Gum Powder
Though a little on the pricer side, inVitamin All Natural Activated Charcoal Tooth and Gum powder is perfect for those brave enough to venture further into the “charcoal trend”. The brand inVitamin offers tooth and gum powder, which acts as a natural stain and teeth whitening agent. It comes in three flavors: orange, peppermint, and spearmint!
By: Melissa Lee