Fire up your beauty routine with a dose of charcoal.
Charcoal is hot. And we’re not talking about grills and barbecues. We’re talking beauty and cleansing products that dig deep to detoxify and balance your complexion. While it may seem the most unlikely ingredient for a deep clean, natural charcoal purifies skin by drawing out and trapping impurities.
Go ahead, light a fire under your summer beauty routine with these charcoal-infused product finds.
Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal. Infused with bamboo charcoal, this pillow-soft Konjac Cleansing Sponge eradicates blemish-causing bacteria for smoother, softer, brighter-looking skin. $15 at www.sephora.com and select Sephora stores.
Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. Rumored to have been a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Laszlo’s iconic black bar is infused with essential Dead Sea minerals and charcoal powder to gently exfoliate and deep clean pores. $45 at www.ernolaszlo.com and Nordstrom.
Lush Cosmetics Coal Face Cleanser. Powdered charcoal exfoliates and sops up excess oil for a squeaky clean experience while rosewood and sandalwood essential oils reduce redness and banish blemishes. $13.95 at www.lushusa.com and the Lush Scottsdale store.
Earth Therapeutics Purifying Hydro Sponge. Medicinal bamboo charcoal is woven into the active fabric of this textured body cleansing towel to polish away the outer layers of dead skin, unclog pores and stimulate circulation. $9.99 at www.earththerapeutics.net and select Ulta stores.
Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. The newest (and possibly cheapest) secret weapon against blackheads, these new nose strips from Bioré come fortified with natural charcoal powder to strip away trapped debris and oily buildup and diminish pore size over time. $6.49 www.biore.com and most drugstores.
Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud. Like a magnet, the activated charcoal is this rich, new black-as-night mask draws impurities and toxins from congested pores while minimizing the look of pores and fine lines and infusing skin with a surge of minerals and potent antioxidants. $58 at www.peterthomasroth.com and select Sephora stores.
Story originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of So Scottsdale magazine.