Friday, November 1, 2019

Clean Ingredient Spotlight: Activated Charcoal

If you're in tune with the beauty and skincare world at all, then you've likely heard of the benefits of activated charcoal. I love using products with activated charcoal, as they work wonders for my oily skin. I've got four great products featuring this ingredient to share with you today.

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Activated charcoal helps draw dirt, oil, and other pollutants to the surface of skin, helping fight acne and achieve a clear complexion. I have very oily skin and activated charcoal is a miracle ingredient for me! I've been using products with charcoal in them for a while and they really help balance out my skin and remove excess oil. These four products are an easy way to add activated charcoal into your beauty routine.

The Bambusa Blackhead Banisher Pore Perfecting Nose Mask is available at,, and at $22 for a pack of eight. These pore cleansing strips are made from bamboo extract to smooth uneven roughness and charcoal and volcanic ash to remove excess dirt and oil.

Now, I know pore strips are a little controversial and a lot of dermatology professionals will tell you not to use them. I've also heard from other professionals that they are fine in moderation. I don't like to use them more than once a week or every two weeks, but I do like them for removing excess sebaceous filaments and dirt. These strips adhered well to my skin and did not hurt when removing, and since they are black you could really see the results on the strip.

One of my favorite ways to use charcoal is in a face mask. The G.M. Collin Charcoal Mask is $48 and is available at This mask helps capture and eliminate micro-pollutants, revitalize and replenish skin, and purify skin texture while evening your complexion. Ingredients include bamboo charcoal and Persian Silk Tree to increase skin's radiance and Coral Seaweed to revitalize.

The mask has a thicker texture and spread onto my skin smoothly. A little goes a long way. It's appropriate for all skin types and worked great with my oily skin. I left it on for about 10-15 minutes while it dried, and after rinsing off my skin felt clean and refreshed but not overly dry.

The Ethique Charcoal, Kaolin, and Oatmeal Bodywash Bar is great for cleansing the rest of your body. It's available at and for $11.50. It's vegan and cruelty-free and made without palm oil, and has kaolin clay and activated charcoal for natural cleansing. It also has oatmeal and coconut oil to soothe skin.

I've used other Ethique products in the past and they are excellent quality. I love that they use sustainable ingredients. I used this bar with a pouf sponge in the shower and it felt great after a heavy workout. My skin was left feeling incredibly clean.

The Dr. Natural Activated Charcoal Soap is another great way to use activated charcoal to cleans your body. You can get a huge 32 fl oz bottle from Amazon for only $10.99. It is available in Citrus, Lavender, and Mint scents and is free from sulfates, parabens, dyes, and is cruelty-free. The activated charcoal naturally detoxes face, body, and scalp and helps reduce pigmentation and inflammation.

I used this in the shower after working out and it lathered up well with a sponge, despite being sulfate-free (sulfates are what helps products bubble up and sometimes sulfate-free products don't lather as well). It did leave my skin feeling tightened and a bit dry, so definitely use a body moisturizer after getting out of the shower. I don't know that I would use this on my face, but it was a great body wash.

Last up is the Petite Amie Skincare Hydrating Bamboo Charcoal Masque, which is $8 at and Amazon. It's a gentle mask made from 100 percent bamboo charcoal to balance and hydrate skin. It also includes honey for balancing and olive leaf to quench dehydrated skin. Hydrolized soy protein boosts skin's texture and luminosity.

This mask felt great on my skin and I loved the beautiful packaging. The mask itself was a black sheet mask, but I always appreciate a nice package presentation. My skin felt hydrated and soothed after use.

Bottom Line: If you want to add activated charcoal products to your routine, these five are a great place to start. Charcoal is great for all skin types and helps keep your face and body clean and balanced.

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