Charcoal is a heavy hitting beauty trend that helps keep your skin clear and balanced. We spoke to Lizz Starr, executive director of Origins global product development to get details on the popular ingredient.
If you’ve been paying attention to the beauty biz, charcoal is trending. With all the environmental irritants and pollutants that we expose our skin to every day, it’s great to come home and make sure you can get rid of all those skin stressors. Here’s what you need to know about this powerhouse ingredient.
What is charcoal?
This natural ingredient is derived from carbon and has been used for many things other than beauty. Because of its powerful absorption properties it’s been used to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses by absorbing toxins in the stomach before they can be absorbed into the blood stream. It also can be used as a filter in gases and liquids.
In beauty, charcoal is used because it has large internal pores that trap toxins and prevent their absorption in the skin. “When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, skin’s waste-filtering system (pores) becomes congested and pores get clogged, leading skin to look cloudy,” says Starr, “Charcoal is able to absorb many times its own weight in toxins and pollution and it can easily be rinsed away.”
Who should use charcoal?
“Charcoal is particularly good for blemish-prone or congested skin,” says Starr. Because we’re all in need of regular skin clearing (we have pollution to thank for that), everyone can benefit from a bit of charcoal in their beauty regimen.
Charcoal beginner? Try a mask.
If you’re new to the ingredient, Starr recommends introducing a charcoal mask to your beauty routine once a week. It’s best to not overdo it with charcoal however. “Charcoal should be primarily used when pores are clogged,” says Starr, “overuse can lead to stripping and drying your skin so we recommend once-a-week use.”
Here are the charcoal masks you should add to your routine, stat!
Bamboo charcoal and white clay absorbs toxins to reveal a radiant and refreshed complexion.
This sheet mask features activated Korean charcoal absorb impurities and spearmint extract for a pore-tightening effect.
This cleanser can also be used as a mark, helping to draw out impurities and balance oily skin.
This hydrogel mask includes bamboo charcoal for a deep clean that targets blackheads and whiteheads.
This mattifying mask soaks up excess oil and draws out debris to leave your skin feeling fresh and your pores noticeable refined.
Love black? Well, it's back! We show you how to wear the edgy shade from head to toe.
Though long-beloved by the fashion set, head-to-toe black outfits took a dip in popularity when over-the-top patterns and brights hit the runways over the past few years. But with some brands returning to a minimal esthetic, all-black outfits are bigger than ever because, let’s be real, they’re so flattering (read: slimming) and easy to put together (black goes with everything, including black).
Though wearing head-to-toe black is pretty foolproof, we’ve got a few tips to elevate your look that extra bit—inspired by one of our celebrity crushes, former Spice Girl and current fashion designer Victoria Beckham.
1. Choose pieces of varying volumes.
In the above pic, Beckham looks so polished because she’s wearing a long-line menswear-inspired blazer over skinny pants. Other great outfits that pair volume opposites are a fitted tank, shirt or turtleneck with a full skirt or wide-legged trousers.
2. Play with texture.
Black doesn’t have to be boring. If you play with different fabrics (see Beckham’s suede shoes, snakeskin clutch, patterned pants and sleek blazer), you’ll look ultraposh and put together.
Our all-black selects (clockwise from top left):
Ela mini M.I.L.C.K. clutch with strap, $288, elabyela.com. Satin-jacquard strappy dress, $118, canada.frenchconnection.com. Woven curb chain necklace, $95, bananarepublic.ca. Shoes, $100, aldoshoes.com. Sam Edelman blazer, $204, nordstrom.com.
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Photography by Arash Moallemi Credits: Photography by Arash Moallemi
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|This content is vetted by medical experts |
|This story was originally titled "Can't Stomach It" in the March 2015 issue. |
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