Black Magic – Activated Charcoal Soap
You’ve probably seen the color black popping up in a lot of personal care products lately – everything from shampoo to toothbrushes. Turns out, that aside from looking really cool, the key ingredient in these products – activated charcoal – can also do wonders for your skin. Activated charcoal draws out dirt and toxins, helps balance oily skin and prevents acne breakouts. If a flawless complexion is what you’re after, check out some of these black beauties:
Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar
Activated charcoal powder is ‘activated’ by heating it so that it expands, making it extremely porous. It works by trapping toxins in its millions, that’s right, millions of tiny pores. However, it doesn’t absorb the toxins but works through adsorption, the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface. Washing with a charcoal soap deep cleans and detoxifies the skin by drawing out dirt impurities that bind to its surface. This little powerhouse contains coconut fatty acid that works as a gentle foaming cleanser, balanced with detoxifying charcoal and elasticity-boosting bamboo powder. It’s suitable for all skin types, for drawing out nastiness and it won’t leave drier skin feeling stripped because it’s formulated with olive oil and shea butter. Whoop whoop!
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
If you’re a city girl like me, a pollutant-fighting plan of attack should be part of your skin care regimen – right up there with sun protection and regular exfoliation. Air pollutants rob skin cells of oxygen, which can make the skin look dull and lifeless. Pollutants increase the number of free radicals in the air and this, in combination with UV radiation decreases the production of skin collagen, causing the skin to lose elasticity. A mask can be very effective in soaking up these little buggers because it sits on your skin for several minutes. For oily skin, the bonus is extra oil absorption from the kaolin and bentonite clay found in this formula.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, $26, origins.com
ClariSEA Detox Charcoal Exfoliant
Activated bamboo powder whisks away dirt and oil in a snap, eliminating clogged pores, while amour flour brightens and Pacific Ocean and Himalayan Sea Salts exfoliate, clarify and heal as they dissolve into skin. These little babies can be added to your favorite face cleanser or mixed with a little water, so that you control the level of exfoliation.
ClariSEa Detox Charcoal Exfoliant, $16, clarisea.com
GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment
A proprietary blend of six acids brightens and softens, while Activated-X Charcoal lifts away dirt and skin congestion, resulting in clearer, smoother skin. This mask was developed to treat common (annoying) skin concerns, including, blemishes, redness, razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $45, glamglow.com
Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil-Balm
Melt away makeup instantly with the power of white binchotan white charcoal powder. This cleansing balm melts into skin, neutralizing bacteria, balancing and detoxifying pores, nourishing the skin and fighting free radical damage. Willowherb helps calm inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation.
Boscia Charcoal MakeUp Melter, $32, boscia.com
You can also buy the Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar at our New York City Salon: 501 5th Ave, Ste 1203, New York, New York 10017. And in Los Angeles at 109 1/2 N. Flores Street zip code 90048.