Activated charcoal. Heard of it before? We're not surprised. You've probably seen a slew of black soaps, , and 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.
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.
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's scalp-safe dry shampoo draws out impurities to clean hair and keep your scalp in tip top condition at the same time.
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.
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.
The biggest beauty trend of 2018, Masque Bar's peel off face mask uses charcoal powder and bergamot to give skin a seriously deep cleanse.
Tom Dixon's très chic room diffuser uses a charcoal stick to absorb the woody scent which is then released each time you turn it. Genius, non?
Second only to black peel off face masks, the bubble mask had a major moment this year. Rodial's oxygenating sheet masks bubble up as you wear them, lifting dirt and impurities away from your skin using purifying bamboo charcoal.
Don't be disconcerted by the warming effect of this charcoal cleanser - the gel-to oil-to milk formula removes make-up and excess oil in minutes. And it's vegan friendly, hooray!
If you're going to invest in an activated charcoal beauty product - make it this. A fusion of raw cacae, healing bamboo charcoal and warming spices, this skin-saving powder mask transforms into a mousse when mixed with water to fight blemishes and reduce pores.