Even if you haven’t made activated charcoal a part of your diet or beauty regimen yet, you’ve probably seen it popping up as an ingredient in skincare products at your favorite beauty retailer, or even in juice form at your go-to health food store. Although this fine, odorless black powder has become mainstream in recent years, it’s long been used in emergency rooms to treat overdoses because of its detoxifying abilities. But there are many other uses of charcoal that can benefit everyone, from reducing bloating to whitening teeth and helping with acne.
Because charcoal has toxin-clearing properties, it may help delay the rate at which toxins affect your brain function as you age. This study found that giving activated charcoal to mice increased their lifespan and slowed down the onset of age-related structural changes in their organs and tissues.
Charcoal has numerous body benefits, including alleviating stomach aches and improving heart health. In a clinical trial, activated charcoal significantly reduced gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. It has even been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
Micro-particles such as dirt, chemicals, bacteria, and other toxins can seep deep beneath the surface of your skin. Charcoal can help bring these pore-clogging particles to the surface, making them easier to remove, which can lead to cleaner skin, smaller pores, and fewer breakouts. It can also help whiten teeth, thanks to its ability to bind to plaque and other teeth-staining compounds.
Shop Poosh-approved charcoal-infused products below.
Activated Charcoal Natural Fresh Mint + Coconut Oil Mouthwash
Hello’s alcohol-free, fluoride-free mouthwash contains activated charcoal to detoxify, coconut oil to moisturize, tea tree oil to cleanse, and mint to freshen breath.
Authentic African Black Soap Bar
This detoxifying, purifying soap is cooked to the point of charcoal, which is what gives it its natural black color. One of Kourt’s friends swears by this soap, explaining that it cleared her teenager’s acne.
Activated Charcoal Lemonade
This low-calorie, low-sugar juice might look scary, but it tastes just like lemonade and comes with the added benefit of being detoxifying. It’s made with four simple ingredients: lemon, honey, activated charcoal, and lavender.
Lavender & Charcoal Coconut Reishi Deodorant
Charcoal also has odor-neutralizing properties, which is why it’s one of the main ingredients in this paraben- and phthalate-free deodorant.
Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask
Suitable for all skin types, this gentle mask both purifies and nourishes the skin.
Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
Hair products leave buildup on your scalp that regular shampoos aren’t always able to remove. This charcoal-infused scalp shampoo detoxifies the scalp and soothes itchiness, irritation, and flaking.
White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray
Although this setting spray is suitable for all skin types, it’s especially beneficial for oily skin. The white charcoal controls excess oil, detoxifies pores, and balances the skin’s moisture levels.
This hydrating charcoal bar cleanses deeply with its skin-repairing ingredients like bamboo powder and coconut fatty acid.