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Why charcoal is good for your skin and best beauty products to try

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 Charcoal is a beauty ingredient worth knowing about (Shutterstock)

If you're thinking of adding charcoal to your beauty routine, we've outlined why it's great for the skin.

If you keep up with beauty trends, you might have heard and seen a certain little beauty buzzword floating around, activated charcoal and quite frankly, if your skin is due a bit of a detox - it's something you shouldn't be without.

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal isn't to be confused with regular charcoal, it only passes as an 'activated' product once it has been treated with oxygen at a scorchingly high temperatures.

It's all natural and has been around for centuries, although more common in those days to treat poisonings and other stomach issues.

In its super, activated state, charcoal helps to draw toxins out of the body and has a range of beauty benefits.

Are charcoal skin products safe?

Like most things in life, moderation is key. Charcoal has proven beauty benefits when it comes to oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin, thanks to the natural detoxifying properties.

However, you've probably seen the very painful looking videos of people peeling off charcoal masks and wincing in pain as they do so. Some of these masks can take layers off of the skin, looking good on the surface but, doing much more harm than good. If you're going for a mask, stick to sheet masks and rinse off brands.

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