Charcoal: It does a body and teeth and face good

Charcoal products

It seems counterintuitive that something fundamentally dirty is actually one of the best ways to get clean. But charcoal actually kicks ass at dislodging grime, debris and other nastiness from your head down to your toes. Which is why it has become the ingredient du jour, found at all price points and in everything from toothbrushes to shampoo. “Activated charcoal purifies, moisturizes and balances skin while ridding it of impurities,” says dermatologist Paul Frank. Below, check out seven ways you can incorporate charcoal into your life.

Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal bar soap

Though the bamboo charcoal-infused bar produces gray-ish suds, never fear, once rinsed, your face and body will be squeaky clean.

Crux Supply Co. Charcoal Grit Bar

We’ve extolled the skin smoothing benefits of exfoliating soaps so you know the deal. This one gets the job done with walnut shells and pumice.

Apotheke Charcoal shampoo

The charcoal powder in this shampoo sucks. Literally, it sucks up whatever dirt and impurities are lurking in your hair and scalp.

Morihata Binchotan toothbrush

Charcoal happens to be killer at cleaning teeth but who wants to brush with a mouthful of black dust? A better option is this toothbrush that, with its charcoal bristles, offers the same effects minus the mess.

Sephora Bamboo Charcoal xxfoliating body sponge

Double down on your detoxing efforts by washing with this sponge that resembles a lump of coal. The main ingredient draws out the dirt while the exfoliating texture helps reduce roughness.

Origins Skin Diver charcoal body wash

Body bumps (a.k.a. bacne) is gross and unfortunate but happens. Banish it from your life with this body wash that harnesses the power of charcoal to de-clog pores. A minty blend of spearmint and wintergreen assist in the cleansing efforts and will wake your ass up.

Dr.Ci:Labo Basic Black charcoal gel

Trust that you won’t look as if you’ve smeared greasepaint on your face. The dark color disappears into skin as it goes about its business of absorbing excess oil.