Why You Need To Introduce A Charcoal Face Mask Into Your Routine

Why You Need To Introduce A Charcoal Face Mask Into Your Routine

There’s a new super ingredient on the skincare block, and it comes in the form of a charcoal face mask. 

This anti-pollution, dirt magnet, pore refining and super cleansing ingredient is set to become one of the most talked about and trendy products of the year.

Charcoal for the skin: Why is it good?

Charcoal is one of nature’s most active and powerful ingredients. It has been used both as an internal and topical treatment for centuries to cure a host of ailments. This includes stomach upsets, where the charcoal binds to the toxins in the stomach before they reach the bloodstream.

In skincare, the principal works in a very similar way. Charcoal acts as a magnet, binding to the impurities, oil and dirt in your skin’s cells and drawing them out.

As an all-natural ingredient, charcoal is brilliant to use even if you have sensitive skin. It won’t add extra chemicals into your cells, meaning you’re less likely to have a reaction. It’s super detoxing effects are brilliant for clearing out blocked pores and restoring congested complexions.

What is Activated Charcoal Powder?

Activated Charcoal Powder is charcoal that has had oxygen added to it. This helps to remove any toxins and gases remaining within the charcoal itself.

Due to its increased porosity and larger surface area, activated charcoal attracts a larger amount of impurities and dirt to it than regular charcoal. This makes it perfect to use in your skincare routine. This is especially true when it comes to talking about the effects that pollution has on the skin, and anti-pollution skincare.

Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant is an example of a charcoal face mask that has been supercharged to deliver unrivalled benefits to the skin. It contains a base of Activated Binchotan Charcoal and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, or AHA’s to literally pull impurities, dirt and oil out of the skin to remove the damaging effects of pollution from your cells.

What is a Charcoal Face Mask?

A charcoal face mask is ideal for those who are suffering from blemishes, dullness and congested skin. They come in many forms, from sheet masks and creams, to powders and foams, so choose one depending on your personal texture preferences.

They are a great treatment to introduce into your skincare routine once or twice a week. By clearing out the toxins from your skin, and wrapping a protective layer over it for when you step outside, your skin will begin to become much healthier and clearer.

Think of a charcoal face mask as your supercharged beauty booster.

Top 5 Charcoal Face Masks

From expert and clinical brands such as Dermalogica and Clinique, to up and coming Korean beauty brands such as Skin79, the rise of the charcoal face mask is becoming increasingly popular.

We have selected our 5 favourites that we love to keep on hand for immediate complexion perfection.

  1. Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
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    Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant

    One of the most talked about launches of 2017 has been the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant.

    Although not strictly a charcoal face mask, it both contains charcoal and can be left on the skin for deep cleansing, so this had to be included in our top 5.

    It is undoubtedly one of the most powerful formulas we have tried, and leaves our skin feeling incredibly clean after just one use.

    The hero ingredient is of course Activated Binchotan Charcoal, which dissolves oil, dirt and impurities trapped within the skin’s cells. The addition of Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tea Fruit Extract create a supercharged exfoliant mask, which leaves your skin soft, clear and healthy.

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  2. Skin79 Clean-On Nose Mask
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    Skin79 Clean-On Nose Mask

    This charcoal face mask may a little odd, but stick with us.

    The nose is one of the most congested areas on the face. This is because it sits within the T-Zone, which is one of the oiliest parts of the skin. This excess oil causes pores to become blocked, so using a specific charcoal face mask on this area will help to extract those blackheads and keep your nose clear!

    The Skin79 Clean-on 2 Step Mask contains a peel-off nose strip, which contains Charcoal Powder to purify, while step 2 contains a soothing strip infused with Green Tea and Witch Hazel to keep the area clean after extraction.

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  3. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask
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    Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask

    This can be considered a more traditional charcoal face mask if you like to use creamier formulas that cover the entire face.

    The Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask helps to clear out environmental pollutants and aggressors that destroy skin’s cells and cause free radical damage.

    It is enriched with both Charcoal Powder and Mineral Clay, which work together to refine pores and clear out any congestion from your complexion.



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  4. Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask
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    Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask

    Sheet masks became the hero product of 2016, but it looks like we’re set to see a influx of paper masks hitting the market.

    This charcoal-infused mask from Yes to uses unique technology infused into the paper that delivers incredible results to congested skin.

    The mask itself contains a blend of Charcoal and Tomatoes, giving it incredible skincare properties.

    While charcoal acts like a magnet to remove toxins from the skin, the antioxidant rich tomatoes provide a protective barrier to your skin to protect it from free radical damage.

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  5. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
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    Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

    Origins call it “nature’s clean up crew” when it comes to describing their charcoal face mask, and we couldn’t agree more.

    This super refreshing mask is enriched with Activated Charcoal and White China Clay, which attach to the impurities in your skin and dissolve the toxins. Once rinsed away, this leaves you with a purified and clean complexion.

    This is an anti-pollution skincare product, designed to combat the effects of environmental aggressors on the skin. If you live in the city or any area with high pollution levels, this is definitely a product you should keep in your repertoire.

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After treating your skin with a charcoal face mask, keep it protected from pollution with the Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart to ensure it stays as healthy and clear as possible.



Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!