With all the die hard wellness enthusiasts I come to contact with on a daily basis here in Los Angeles, let’s just say little shocks me in terms of the latest health trends. Activated charcoal may not be new to the scene, but when you start going to restaurants and charcoal water is on the menu, or that the incredulous wall of beverages at Erewhon has a whole section dedicated to this supplement, you know we have an obsession on our hands. Still hesitant to actually taste it, I have used it in my beauty regime.
Activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated to increase its absorbency. Just so you know, activated charcoal is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. It has been, however, in use by the medical field as a treatment for certain cases of poisoning and overdose long before the current wellness boom. The carbon in charcoal acts like a natural binder and therefore is super absorbent. Its main job is to attract other substances it comes into contact with in your gastrointestinal tract so your body does not absorb them. So just like that, this detoxing absorbent has made its way into the beauty and wellness industry to soak up all the gunk that you don’t want floating through your system.
What makes charcoal so appealing in the beauty world? Well, it seems to effectively remove impurities from the skin, unclog pores by pulling dirt and bacteria to the surface and mattify oily skin. It basically acts like a magnet attracting the dirt and oil we come into contact with on a daily basis.
I’ve tried a few activated charcoal products myself and here is a selection of my favorites:
I may have already raved about Konjac Sponges, swooning that they are some of the best exfoliators on the market. But, with added Bamboo Charcoal Powder, these sponges now draw out additional impurities leaving you with soft, radiant skin.
A sugar scrub with activated charcoal that gently exfoliates, detoxifies, and cleanses your scalp in efforts of promoting healthier hair. The charcoal removes impurities and product buildup without stripping or drying out your hair.
Formulated with bamboo charcoal, this soap bar draws out impurities and toxins from your pores. We adore this brand because, besides the minimalistic packaging, the product lines are vegan, cruelty-free and noncomodogenic.
This cleansing oil balm does just as the name suggests: it melts into your skin to remove your makeup (yes, including your waterproof mascara) while deeply cleansing and hydrating at the same time. The sunflower oil carries the black and white charcoal to make sure there is a gentle detox with no pulling.
It is hard to for me to venture beyond the fragrances at Le Labo, but this face mask is actually unscented to narrow in on its main duty – detoxifying and cleansing your skin. It’s also infused with Bitter Almond to cleanse and Radish Seed for repairing your skin.
This jammed packed nutrient dense masque was was formulated to help you realize your most radiant skin. The unique formula of antioxidant rich raw cacao, activated bamboo charcoal, salts, and exotic spices helps brighten, heals inflammation and irritation, stimulates collagen production and treats breakouts.