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Everyone Is Obsessed with Charcoal Beauty Products, and Here's Why

There might be no real way to avoid the skin-damaging toxins, but there is a pretty simple fix to get rid of them: activated charcoal. 

By Katherine Kluznik

Sorry to be blunt (and kind of gross), but right now there is a whole bunch of junk clogging, congesting, and otherwise messing with your skin. How do I know? It’s just a fact of modern life.

The pollution on your commute… The less-than-healthy lunch of two donuts and a pumpkin spice latte that you ate yesterday… That chemical-scented soap you suds up with at work... They all contribute.

There might be no real way to avoid a lot of the toxins that surround us, but there is a pretty simple fix to get rid of them once they're there: activated charcoal. 

The powdery black stuff might be majorly trending right now, but it isn’t exactly cutting edge. It's been a natural detoxifier for millenia. We’re talking as far back as the ancient Egyptians, who harnessed its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties and made it one of the first beauty go-tos on record.

It works just as effectively today, which is precisely why it’s showing up everywhere at the moment—from in a super-luxe detoxifying bath soak courtesy of Gwyneth’s Goop brand to super-bargain cleansers you can find on the shelves of Target. Ahead, 10 charcoal-infused products—shampoos, deodorants, almost any category you could name—that promise to detoxify your skin head to toe.

Little Barn Apothecary Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser

Julep Charcoal Konjac Sponge

Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap

Earth Therapeutics Charcoal Exfoliating Gloves

Goop G.Tox Charcoal Bath Soak

C. Booth Charcoal Foaming Dry Body Polish & Cleanser

Primal Pit Paste Charcoal Magnesium Natural Deodorant

Hello Oral Care Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

Drybar On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo

SheaMoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Build-Up Blaster

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