Charcoal is becoming more of a popular super ingredient in cleansing! However, don’t just grab it from the roaring BBQ and slap it on your face OK?
Who’s it for?
It can work for anyone, but it is especially good for if you have oily/spot prone skin or live in an urban area where the pollution levels are high.
What products contain Charcoal?
Mostly scrubby cleansers and face masks. Charcoal needs to come in direct contact with the impurities so you need to lather up with it, and don’t rinse it away too quickly! This gives it a chance to absorb the dirt.
The charcoal will act like a magnet to the oil and blemishes, drawing them out and giving your face a squeaky clean feel!
Garnier Pure Active Intensive Charcoal scrub, £4.50 is a cheaper option, yet still very effective and the Garnier spot products tend to work wonders on my skin imperfections.
Lush Coalface facial soap £4.95 – “A gentle soap made with antiseptic rosewood, sandalwood, and absorbent charcoal that can be used on the face and body. Sandalwood oil gives this soap a distinctive earthy fragrance. Charcoal is known for its absorbency, while liquorice root softens the skin and rosewood oil has antiseptic properties. It’s gentle enough for your face, but you can use it all over your body. Simply use as a soap and wash the day off.” – LUSH
Lush Dark Angels Cleanser, £6.75 is an cleanser with black sugar and charcoal to exfoliate, and rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse.
“We also use cold pressed avocado oil and vegetable glycerine to moisturise and soften your skin after all that scrubbing, leaving your skin feeling balanced and fresh. Sandalwood and rosewood oils give a rich, earthy fragrance and have a cooling and antiseptic effect on the skin. We buy our powdered charcoal locally in Dorset. It’s a great way to exfoliate and is deeply cleansing, whilst black sugar is in here to scrub away any dead skin cells, leaving you with bright, refreshed skin.” – LUSH
I’ve just recently used GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment out of my miniature selection I bought off eBay out of curiosity. Included in this collection are:
POWERMUD – A mud-to-oil gentle deep cleanse treatment that will Cleanse, Nourish, Detoxify, Purify and Renew skin. Containing real Velvet Leaf for smoothing results.
YOUTHMUD – An exfoliating mud mask that brightens, tightens and smooths skin. Containing volcanic minerals, French sea clay and TEAOXI™.
SUPERMUD – The world’s first clearing treatment, this treatment renews and clears the skin as it sweeps away impurities and toxins. Aims to fight all common skin concerns, restoring and rejuvenating as its unique pore-matrix extracts congestion for seemingly pore less skin.
THIRSTYMUD – Provides extreme hydration. A non-drying hydrating treatment that expertly hydrates, moisturises, restores, replenishes and calms the skin all in one thirst-quenching hit. Leaves complexions clear, calm and moisturised for hydrated, glowing skin.
BRIGHTMUD is a 3 minute instant eye treatment. The world’s first tap-on-wipe-off eye product designed to work for Hollywood actors in just a few minutes, just before going in front of a camera on-set.
This all came to £24.99 for 5 different mini products instead of spending around £40 on one large item that may not have even worked for me! I’m still going on this one and this is pricey stuff so standby for results.