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What does charcoal do for the skin?

What does charcoal do for the skin?
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Charcoal is known for its detoxifying, decongesting properties, making it a must-have ingredient for those with oily, congested complexions.

Acting like a magnet for dirt and impurities, charoal adheres to sebum and oil in your pores, helping to lift away impurities to clear and revive your complexion.

Particularly brilliant for acneic, problem-prone skin, charcoal effectively cleanses the skin of excess sebum, impurities and bacteria - helping to boost the clarity of your complexion and reduce the chance of further breakouts.

The benefits of this wonderful ingredient on your skin are not limited to reducing breakouts, however. As air pollution levels continue to rise in urban environments, it is more important than ever to include detoxifying charcoal in your skincare regime.

By detoxifying and drawing out impurities in the skin, charcoal works to counteract the impacts of pollution on your complexion.

Daily cleanse

Incorporating this must-have ingredient into your daily skincare routine can be wonderfully beneficial for those who struggle with acne-prone, oily skin. The Super Cleanse Triple Charcoal Cream-to-Foam Cleanser from GLAMGLOW clears and detoxifies your skin whilst controlling oil levels, leaving your skin balanced and fresh.

The special Super Cleanse blend of three charcoals - Bamboo, Ubame Wood and Coconut - thoroughly cleanse your skin without feeling overly harsh or drying making it the perfect addition to your everyday cleansing rituals.

Pore-clearing mask

The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to clear has quickly gained cult beauty product status since its launch. Enriched with Bamboo Charcoal, the cleansing mask draws out dirt and impurities deeply embedded in your pores for a clarified, more even complexion.

The addition of White China Clay in the mask also works to absorb environmental pollutants, further protecting the skin from the detrimental impacts of the environment. After ten minutes, the Clear Improvement Mask leaves skin fresh, clean and flawless.

Clarifying cleansing bar

Purify and calm the problem areas on your skin by target-cleansing with the MADARA Charcoal Detox Soap. As many of us are congested around particular areas of our face - on our noses, on our t-zone and on our chins most commonly - using a deep cleansing product on those areas can really help to improve the overall appearance of your complexion.

Simply lather in your hands or work the bar directly onto the areas you wish to detoxify. The activated Charcoal in the soap works to reduce sebum and decongest pores for a radiant, fresh complexion.

Body detox

Charcoal does not just work wonders for your complexion but is also equally beneficial to the skin on your body. The Sea Magik Activated Charcoal Salts are an easy, fuss-free way to give the skin on your body a much needed detox.

Active Charcoal in the salts draw out impurities and toxins in the skin and even reduces any feelings of bloating and sluggishness. Skin is left thoroughly cleansed and healthy.

Super spray

Balance and energise lack-lustre skin with the MAC Mineralize Charged Water Charcoal Spray. The multi-use spray can be applied onto bare skin, to set makeup in place or throughout the day to rejuventate the complexion and refresh the skin.

The charcoal-infused formula delivers long-lasting hydration whilst gently detoxifying the skin, eliminating excess oils and refining the skin's texture.

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