What do you think of when you hear the word “charcoal?” Do you think barbecues and tailgate parties? Well, think again. Charcoal is actually one of the most intensive skin care products out there.
If you’re never heard of using charcoal for your skin, keep reading. You’ll be surprised at the benefits of this natural product.
WHAT IS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL?
The charcoal we’re talking about isn’t the same stuff you’ll find at the bottom of your grill. Not exactly, anyway.
What we’re talking about is a substance called activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is made from a variety of things. Most commonly it’s created by heating olive pits or coconut shells to a very high temperature.
The result is a charcoal product that’s very porous and absorptive. So what is activated charcoal used for? Many, many things! You’ll find it in skin care products, of course. You’ll find activated charcoal toothpaste, activated charcoal masks, activated charcoal deodorant… the list goes on.
Because activated charcoal is so porous, it’s very effective at absorbing toxins and impurities. That’s why it’s one of the most popular skin care products for men today, and is available in many products.
DOES ACTIVATED CHARCOAL WORK?
Yes! As a matter of fact, activated charcoal has had applications even in medicine for many, many years. It works by binding itself to that gross stuff in your pores. As you wash (or use your mask), the grime, bacteria and toxins in your skin are drawn out. Then, as you rinse, those substances are washed away.
After you use activated charcoal, you’ll notice that your blackheads are all but nonexistent, your pores look smaller and your face looks and feels softer.
HOW TO USE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
The best way to use activated charcoal is simply by buying products which contain the ingredient, and there are a few reasons for this.
First of all, activated charcoal by itself is messy. Super, super messy. It does come in powder form, but the activated charcoal powder will stain clothes. The fine powder is so lightweight, too, that as soon as you open the container it’ll be on your shower floor, your carpets – you name it. It’s best to stay away from the powdered stuff.
The second reason is because activated charcoal is extremely drying when used by itself. Products which contain activated charcoal are combined with moisturizing ingredients that will soothe and protect your skin as they work.
So, what are the best activated charcoal products for men? Let’s look at the options.
BEST CHARCOAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS FOR MEN
With all the activated charcoal uses, it could be hard to choose a product that you love. We recommend that you try a charcoal face mask, a charcoal face wash and a charcoal body soap. Here are our recommendations for those products.
CHARCOAL FACE MASK
What’s a charcoal face mask? It’s an intensive detox session for your face, that’s what. Charcoal face masks draw impurities from your skin, ridding your face of toxins and eliminating blemishes.
BEST CHARCOAL FACE MASK FOR MEN
Beau Brummell The Gentleman’s Charcoal Mask $30
Our charcoal face mask recommendation is the Beau Brummell Gentleman’s Face Mask. This face mask uses kaolin clay and charcoal to clear blocked pores, detox your skin and soften your face.
You’ll also find excellent nutrients in Beau Brummell Gentleman’s Face Mask. Vitamin E is a rich moisturizer, softening your skin as you detox. Lavender oil is great for sensitive skin, and is an anti-inflammatory. That means it can help to clear up acne and other skin conditions. Finally, rosemary oil has antibacterial properties. This, too, helps to clear up bacteria which causes blackheads and acne.
Beau Brummell Gentleman’s Face Mask is great for any skin type. Use it to tame oily or combination skin, or to help soothe dry skin. If you have normal skin, no problem! You’ll notice brighter, fresher looking skin.
For best results, use once weekly.
CHARCOAL FACE WASH FOR MEN
For a more frequent clean, try a charcoal face wash. There are washes you can use daily and those you can use once each week. These washes offer a deep cleanse you won’t get with other soaps, and you’ll instantly feel the difference charcoal can make.
Here are our top picks for charcoal face washes.
BEST DAILY CHARCOAL FACE WASH
For a charcoal face wash gentle enough to use every day, look no further than Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash for Men.
Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash for Men $25
As we mentioned, charcoal can be a bit drying to your skin if it’s not used the right way. But this face wash contains just the right combination of ingredients that your skin will actually come out softer in the end.
In Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash for Men, you’ll find jojoba oil. Jojoba is one of the most calming treatments for skin – it’s commonly used for sunburn and chapped skin.
There’s also peppermint oil. In addition to refreshing you, peppermint oil kills the bacteria which causes acne. Olive oil and aloe moisturize and protect the skin. And lemongrass is an astringent, intensifying the deep clean you’ll get from Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash for Men.
BEST WEEKLY CHARCOAL FACE WASH FOR MEN
Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash $23
Want something a little more powerful that you can use weekly? Try Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash. Men who have used this product say that it’s a strong cleanser that works well. But the general consensus is that for most skin types it works best as a weekly cleanser – twice a week at most.
The gently foaming cleanser offers a deep clean and detox to your skin while it moisturizes as well. For best results, follow your Clinique for Men Charcoal Face Wash with a moisturizer for your skin type.
CHARCOAL BODY SOAP FOR MEN
Want the benefits of a good charcoal soap for every part of your body? Charcoal body soaps are an excellent way to unclog your pores all over. If you have body acne, oily skin or just want to feel refreshed, check out what a charcoal body soap can do for you.
BEST CHARCOAL BODY SOAP FOR MEN
Yesto Natural Men Charcoal Bar Soap $10.64
We are big fans of the Yes To Natural Man Charcoal Bar Soap. It’s so simple, yet so effective. The soap contains, of course, activated charcoal to deep clean the pores all over your body. But it also contains aloe to soothe your skin and moisturize, so you can use this soap every day.
An unexpected twist in the formula of this soap is citrus. You’ll find grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange extracts in the soap. Citrus contains Vitamin C, an amazing antioxidant. Antioxidants remove toxins from your skin, but also help renew damaged skin.
Finally, bergamot, sunflower seed oil and glycerin protect your skin, locking in moisture. The effect is a full body wash that will make you feel clean and refreshed each time you shower.
For best results, store this product in a soap saver. Leaving it on bathtub or shower surfaces may cause a slight discoloration.
Activated charcoal products are some of the hottest products in skincare. And while it may sound strange, the products are actually very effective.
Activated charcoal cleans deep to detox your skin, cleanse your pores and leave your skin feeling like you’ve never felt before. Choose one of the products from this list and you’ll see what we mean!