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Activated Charcoal Beauty Products That Work (Black) Magic

Why Choose Activated Charcoal?

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Charcoal is the game-changing ingredient in the latest cleansers, masks, peels, and even toothpaste, acting as a powerful sponge to suck up any impurities in its path. Get ready for the ultimate beauty detox. (P.S. You can drink it too. Here's everything you need to know about the benefits of activated charcoal.)

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Cleanse On the Quick with Charcoal Face Wipes

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These little black wipes knock out gunk and bacteria, thanks to the pore-cleansing power duo of charcoal and salicylic acid. Simply swipe and go—they leave zero residue.

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes ($6,

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Reveal with a Charcoal Face Peel

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Apply the charcoal gel—step one in this set—all over your face, then layer the oxygen booster on top to create a foam that draws out toxins. Minutes later, skin is clear and so smooth. (Sip on a charcoal cocktail to get the inside benefits too.)

Philosophy The Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel ($62,

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Hit the Bar with Charcoal Face Wash

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The jojoba beads and peppermint in this bar work with charcoal to get rid of dead cells and excess oil without causing that too-tight skin sensation.

Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($7,

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Lift Off Grime with Charcoal Cleansing Oil

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Smooth the cleansing oil onto dry skin using circular motions, then rinse. The charcoal, chamomile, and grapeseed blend gently dislodges impurities as it soothes.

Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Cleansing Oil ($58,

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Make a Pit Stop with Charcoal Deodorant

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Even deodorant is getting in on the charcoal action. Aluminum-free and mint-scented, this deodorant banishes odor-causing bacteria.

Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Detox Charcoal Deodorant ($21,

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Do A Deep Clean with a Charcoal Mask

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Combat the daily pollutants that creep into your pores with this mask. Charcoal does the dirty work, while caffeine, an anti-irritant, keeps skin calm.

Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel ($20,

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Brighten Up with Charcoal Toothpaste

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Coating teeth in something this black actually makes them whiter. This charcoal toothpaste absorbs discolored particles, and a blue optical filter counteracts the yellow in teeth. (And, uh, asking for a friend: does eating charcoal ice cream count too?)

Charcoal in Curaprox Black Is White Tough Whitening Toothpaste ($30,

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