The One Ingredient You Need to Add to Your Beauty Routine

You might have noticed a trend in beauty products popping up at your local Sephora—charcoal is popping up everywhere, from face masks to soap bars, and for a good reason. Activated charcoal, which is charcoal (from coal or wood) that becomes “activated” when it’s been treated with high temperatures to expand its absorbency, attracts and absorbs dirt and oil, making it a great ingredient to have in beauty products, especially if your skin is prone to breakouts—activated charcoal can help to reduce sebum, drawing dirt and impurities out of the skin and leaving you with a flawless complexion.

Look for charcoal as an ingredient in soaps, face washes, face wipes, face masks, and even shampoo. It’s great to use after hot weather, when oil and sweat can leave pores more clogged than usual. To give your skin a much-needed detox, try it in these charcoal-rich beauty products:

Boscia’s Jelly Ball Cleanser contains activated black bamboo charcoal, which absorbs impurities that clog pores, and is gentle enough to be used everyday without irritation. Bonus: the product is fun to use. Puncture the balloon encasing the jelly ball with the accompanying flower pick, rinse the jelly ball in water, and roll over the face for cleaner, more refined skin. The ball is soft against skin, lathers well, and leaves skin feeling clean without feeling tight. It’s also great for travelling, as it won’t spill in your travel bag.

Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask also contains activated charcoal, which not only absorbs impurities, but rids the skin of excess oil while the mask dries. Use it when your skin is feeling clogged, or your pores need refining. Apply a layer to the t-zone with your fingers and let dry. Once the mask is dry, peel away to reveal soft, glowing, clearer skin.

And don’t forget about the skin on your head, too. Charcoal is also great for detoxifying and removing buildup on the scalp, and Briogeo makes it easy to do so with their Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment. The treatment uses charcoal to draw out impurities that clog the hair follicles, without leaving the scalp itchy or irritated. For an extra does of charcoal for your tresses, try Brigeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo, which uses charcoal to normalize oil production on the scalp.