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. $9, birchbox.com
Welcome Stranger Charcoal Face Scrub
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. $24, apothekeco.com
Ernest Supplies Bristle Bamboo 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. $8, barneys.com
Morihata Binchotan Facial Puff
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. $15.50, needsupply.com
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. $52, beautyhabit.com
Hello Handsome Mask