Activated charcoal, the hot item in the beauty community, is the naturally occurring ingredient leading the charge on cleansing our skin, teeth, and scalp. This ingredient has actually been on the beauty scene for hundreds of years and can be found in use as far back as Ancient Egypt. Used to preserve and protect items, activated charcoal is known to brighten skin, tighten pores, and clear toxins from the body. It can be taken as an internal supplement in capsule form, or used externally in face masks, shampoos and conditioners, makeup, perfumes, and toothpaste! So if you're curious about adding this powerhouse into your self-care routine, here are 9 beauty products that contain all the charcoal you could ever want.
BOOM Toothy Tabs by LUSH
"I never want white teeth," said no one ever. What a perfect way to combat tooth decay and a mean coffee addiction with the LUSH Boom! Toothy Tabs. Made with activated charcoal and baking soda, this toothpaste works to rid your teeth of stains, freshen breath, and overall give you some very cool Insta stories with its momentary ability to make your smile completely black. It's a good thing, I promise.
Sexy Hair Detox Shampoo
This color-safe shampoo by Sexy Hair is all about thoroughly cleansing the scalp to remove buildup and any impurities and give a serious shine boost to dull strands. It is even gentle enough to be used every day, perfect for those who want a non-stripping cleanser.
Pink Grapefruit Conditioner
Of course, we can't shampoo without conditioning (well, we can, but that's a different story), so here is a conditioner with charcoal inside of it! I haven't found a conditioner formulated like this one on the market yet, so it's safe to say I'm eager to try this out. Meant to smooth and strengthen, this conditioner is also combined with a nice lemon scent, symbolic of those citrus ingredients in there to boost shine.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo
A natural hair brand fave, the Briogeo Scalp Revival collection is all about balancing the scalp health to provide the optimal environment for hair growth. Try out this micro-exfoliating shampoo whenever you need a good thorough cleanse (ideal for after the take down of a protective style), and peep this full review of the other products in their activated charcoal line.
SheaMoisture Bamboo and Charcoal Scrub
We have to make sure our body is taken care internally and externally, so why not introduce a scrub to your wash day routine? Filled with bamboo and activated charcoal, this scrub by Shea Moisture helps to buff away dead skin, control breakouts, and fade acne scars. Winner.
Ubame Mascara by Milk Makeup
I became obsessed with Milk Makeup as soon as I saw one of my fave bloggers Sophia Roe join their marketing team. Milk Makeup is a dope platform, and with this charcoal infused mascara, they have shown their innovation as well. If you want a highly pigmented look for your eyes, check it out. It's worth a glance or...like 5. :)
Boscia Black Mask
A popular staple in the charcoal-loving community, the Boscia Luminizing Face Mask is the Queen of face masks. Known for brightening the skin and declogging pores, try this one in your skincare routine as a way to feel glowy immediately!
Kaia Naturals Deodorant
Activated charcoal in my deodorant? Yes, please! Introducing, Kaia The Takesumi Detox deodorant, perfect for balancing the underarms region, removing smells, and also removing impurities from the body. The natural deodorant train is going full speed in 2018, so try this one out for sure.
Herbivore Botanicals Charcoal Soap
Millenials everywhere are rejoicing for anything by minimalist brand Herbivore Botanicals, and here's one more product to become obsessed with. Their bamboo and charcoal soap is perfect to pair with the SheaMoisture body scrub above for a super deep cleansing bath routine. Oh hey, clear skin!
So are you loving charcoal as much as me?
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P.S. Please do not use these if you have an allergy. Speak with your doctor first.