Charcoal – it’s not just for grilling

When you think charcoal, you probably think barbecue. But charcoal has long been used to detoxify the skin, key in the hot, hot, hot season. (We use L’Oréal’s charcoal mask and it certainly does cleanse, smooth and tighten.)

MasqueBAR also offers a selection of facial products formulated with charcoal designed to remove bacteria, chemicals and dirt from the skin, resulting in a clearer complexion:

Charcoal Cleanser ($9.99) – Containing charcoal powder, oatmeal extract and oryza sativa (Asian rice) bran oil, this gentle foaming cleanser helps draw out dirt and excess oil that can clog pores. Available at Rite Aid and Amazon.

Charcoal Exfoliating Pads ($9.99) – These contain facial softeners as well as charcoal powder and blackberry and primrose extracts to cleanse and renew the skin. Available at CVS.

Black Gold Sheet Mask ($3.99) – This charcoal sheet mask infused with 24-karat gold flakes draws impurities from the pores while brightening the appearance of skin. Throw it in the fridge for a cool detox. Available at CVS.

Charcoal Cleansing Wipes ($9.99) – Off to the beach? Cleanse, tone and resurface the skin with these gentle wipes – made with charcoal powder, vitamin E and bamboo extract – as you savor the sea while socially distancing. Available at SDM.

Charcoal Hydro-Gel Eye Patches ($2.99) – Here charcoal powder combines with coconut extracts to moisturize and soothe the delicate skin around the eye. Available at CVS and Rite Aid.

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– edited by Georgette Gouveia

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