People have been using activated charcoal for thousands of years. In World War I, activated charcoal was used in gas masks to prevent soldiers from being poisoned by chemical exposure, and it has been used to treat water (making it tasteless and odorless) since 1930.
Activated charcoal has an amazing ability to remove toxins from the body. Now people are using it to treat acne, improve skin, relieve upset stomachs and even whiten teeth. No wonder there are so many great activated charcoal products! Would you put charcoal on your face? If you’re willing to give it a try, here are some beauty products you could try.
Fabindia Charcoal Face Pack
Absorbs impurities, exfoliates your skin and removes excessive oil and dirt leaving your skin fresh and healthy
Price: INR 350/-
Directions for Use: Avoiding the eye area, apply the pack and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. Close the lid tightly after use.
Bosnia Charcoal Deep Pore Cleansing Stick
An innovative cleansing stick with deep-pore cleansing treatment allows for targeted application of concentrated pore treatment to help draw out dirt, oil, and impurities. Formulated for normal to oily skin.
Price: $28 at Bosnia
Directions of use: Wet face and twist base counterclockwise to reveal one centimeter of cleansing stick. Massage cleansing stick directly on to face in a circular motion to create a creamy lather. Lightly massage skin with fingertips to activate formula to reach deep into pores. Rinse face with water.
Aloe Veda Activated Charcoal Face Pack
A charcoal and lemon peel detoxifying face pack enriched with Activated Charcoal and Lemon peel as main ingredient. Activated charcoal is an natural magnet which absorbs dirt and oil to give smooth and clean face. It is highly recommended for oily skin or blemished skin.
Price: INR 395 for 100 grams on Aloe Veda
Direction for use: Wash your face and then use this face pack. Mix face pack with rose water or lemon and apply face pack of face and neck area and wait for 20-30 min and wash it off and after that aplly toner or Aloe Vera gel. To get better result use it on alternative days.
Aroma Magic Activated Bamboo Charcoal Pack
Enriched with the goodness of Bamboo Charcoal powder and several natural ingredients. It helps rejuvenate skin with its six benefits and brightens up the complexion. It has anti aging and skin hydrating properties which along with the goodness of Himalayan Clay impart a facial like glow. Besides living up to its claims it is reasonably priced and is not messy at all.
Price: INR 380/- for 100 grams at Nykaa
Direction for use: Wash your face. Pat dry. Apply thin layer of the pack on your face and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse off. You may follow up with moisturizer. Use once a week for best results.
Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser
Black sugar and charcoal gently exfoliate and absorb excess oils to leave dull, oily or acne-prone skin feeling fresh and matte. Even oily skin can be sensitive, so we’ve made this one soft and soothing to calm redness and irritation, too. Its rhassoul mud base deep-cleanses to help prevent breakouts while vitamin rich cold-pressed organic avocado oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and lightly hydrated. Use all over for perfectly smooth, bright skin. An angel indeed!
Price: $13.95 for 100 grams on Lush
Direction of use: Dampen your skin with warm water. Break off a piece of your cleanser, and mix with a little warm water to create a paste. Massage onto your face and body, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite LUSH moisturizer, and enjoy your soft, smooth skin!