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beauty + an ode to charcoal

I have been loving charcoal based beauty products lately. Since changing all my skincare products to Beautycounter, I've been paying a lot more attention to my skincare routine. Two main products I use on a daily and weekly basis contain charcoal, which is the new "it" ingredient for skincare and health. 

Charcoal Benefits:

  • All-natural
  • Deep cleans and detoxifies
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Removes excess oil from skin
  • Gently exfoliates
  • Draws out toxins, bacteria, chemicals, dirt

Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Bar This is my favorite! I use it every night with my Clarisonic for double-duty skin cleaning. It's literally a black bar of soap, and according to the Beautycounter it detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion." I absolutely love it. My skin in general has changed for the better since I've started using Beautycounter, and the charcoal bar really cleans my skin in a way that normal facewash can't.

Beautycounter Purifying Charcoal Mask This was the first charcoal-based skincare product I've used. Right now I use it once or twice a week, but it really depends on what I have going on. The mask dries once you apply it, and it tightens pores, exfoliates, and draws out any impurities.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips The girls I lived with my senior year of college loved these pore strips. They're a 10 minute treatment to draw out dirt and oil, and reduce the size of pores.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask I still sneak in some Clinique products now and then, and this charcoal mask really does the trick. 

L'Oreal Detox and Brighten Clay Mask I have seen this mask advertised everywhere and I'm itching to try it out. L'Oreal has made three new clay masks, one of them including charocal to detoxify and make your skin super glowy. My skincare goal is to look as dewy and glowy as possible, so fingers crossed that this product delivers! 

Origins Active Charcoal Mask Lastly, this Origins charcoal mask focuses on environmental toxins and dirty to clear your complexion and brighten your skin. Charcoal is a great way to fight acne and keep breakouts at bay!

Do y'all use charcoal in your skincare routines? Any new products I should know? 
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