Activated Charcoal: How To Use It And Why It’s So Good For Your Skin

Stylisted - Activated Charcoal: How To Use It And Why It's So Good For Your Skin

Makeup trends come and go, but skincare trends have some real staying power. Remember when facial oils had just started trending? What about hyaluronic acid? We guarantee you have at least one facial oil or one product boasting hyaluronic acid in your beauty cabinet. We have both (naturally). This (seemingly new) love for skincare makes sense, though, as you can actually see the differences the products make and are instructed to believe they’ll make a difference over time, rather than just while you’re wearing them. So, just as we do with makeup and hair trends, we’re bringing you a more in-depth story of skincare trends to help you understand where you should spend your money based on your specific skincare concerns. First up: activated charcoal.

Stylisted - Activated Charcoal: How To Use It And Why It's So Good For Your Skin

We love love love activated charcoal and have only grown to love it more over the years. Charcoal has been a trend in beauty for a while now, but, because we’re seeing it pop up in all sorts of new, inventive beauty products, we thought we’d give it the mention it deserves.

WHAT IT IS

Activated charcoal is basically extra-absorbant carbon. This ingredient is traditionally seen in face masks to help draw out impurities and deeply cleanse the skin – it attracts and absorbs dirt and oil.

WHY YOU SHOULD USE IT

It’s especially potent at warding off those hormonal breakouts we’re all prone to. Because it can typically be a more drying product, we recommend finishing off with an enriching night cream or overnight face mask if you have especially dehydrated skin. Using activated charcoal regularly should keep your skin clearer and help prevent blackheads and clogged pores.

Stylisted - Activated Charcoal: How To Use It And Why It's So Good For Your Skin

WHAT WE RECOMMEND

Boscia has a slew of activated charcoal products that we really love, but if we had to pick only one, it would be this mask. We first wrote about eyeing it up here and took the plunge shortly after. We’re happy to report it was 100% worth it. This is easily the best face mask we’ve ever used. Bold claims but the results are just incredible. Your skin is left soft and glowy and products sink in so much easier, you end up needing to use much less. Plus, the jar is so large it will last you a lifetime! Definitely a must buy if you’re at all interested in the charcoal trend.

We also love this face wash (though we can only use it about once a week as it’s a bit drying), this slightly cheaper face mask from Origins, this drugstore soap, and these deep cleansing strips.

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