Latest Obsession: Activated Charcoal Facial Cleansers
What is activated charcoal?
Despite the scary name, activated charcoal is a totally safe and natural ingredient. Essentially, activated charcoal is just carbon (an abundant natural element) that is heated to increase its adsorptive properties.
You may be more familiar with activated charcoal as the magical filter that makes your Brita work, or what doctors give to people that have ingested a harmful substance. However, charcoal is becoming increasingly common in skincare products.
Why is it good for my skin?
Activated charcoal does an amazing job clearing toxins out of water, digestive tracts, and even skin. It is especially great for people with oily, blemish-prone skin because charcoal works to attract and absorb dirt and excess oil. The coal helps wash away any hard-to-see grime associated with living in a city. Environmental pollutants that aren't effectively cleared away lead to more rapid aging of the skin. Ew. So, as city gals, we may all benefit to adding a bit of activated charcoal into our skincare routines.
The Pretty Package - Herbivore's Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar, $12, gives a great clean for men and women alike. The chic box makes this soap a perfect gift or bathroom counter decor!
Locally Made - Shamanuti's Activated Charcoal Cleanser, $36, was one of the first face cleansers on the market to highlight the benefits of charcoal. Based out of Natick, Shamanuti is one of our absolute favorite skincare brands. Founder, Beth Hopkins is also a Ladies Lounge alum!
For Combination Skin - Little Barn Apothecary's Charcoal + Aloe Cleanser, $22, is a great choice for people that aren't super oily, but still suffer from acne. The aloe in this formula helps prevent over drying and inflammation, while the charcoal helps wipe away zit-causing dirt and bacteria.
Best Bang for Your Buck - Good Earth Beauty's Activated Charcoal + Tea Tree Bar, $6.25 is an absolute go-to. This affordable, long-lasting bar makes the switch to nontoxic, eco-friendly skincare simple. And with only seven ingredients, this bar is great for oily skin that is also a bit sensitive.