When you picture beauty products, ingredients like rosewater, citrus, and other luxurious ingredients might come to mind — however, charcoal skin care is definitely having a moment. Now, I'm not telling you to rub a piece of charcoal you'd see at a family cookout on your face. In the beauty realm, using activated charcoal on your skin can be beneficial, for a lot of reasons.
For starters, activated charcoal is sometimes used in medical situations because it can draw poisons or toxins from the body. When it is used on your skin, it absorbs and pulls out the toxins that can lead to breakouts and other skin issues. Then when you wash your skin, the charcoal takes the dirt and oil with it, leaving you with cleaner skin.
And let's be honest, this isn't the weirdest beauty ingredient out there — after all, snail mucin is harvested and used in beauty products (if you were wondering, it smells amazing and isn't as gross as it would seem). Charcoal is actually relatively normal, and you can use sponges, face masks, and even towels with the ingredient, to name a few. If you are looking for what might be your next go-to beauty ingredient, try some of the charcoal products below.