Beauty Buff: Charcoal, Or the Day the Kid Drank Pink

Allow me to share a personal story with you. I have a son with autism and when he was around five years old, he came to me proud as punch that he had “drank all the pink.”

What was the pink you ask?

A brand new bottle of liquid Benedryl.

And off to Primary Children’s we went.

When Charcoal became all the rage in skin care, it seemed kind of an odd ingredient, but have since thought back to that experience and remembered what the nurse said. “Charcoal will absorb all that junk and get rid of it.” It makes total sense.


Charcoal can absorb a thousand times its weight in junk. Junk like bacteria, dirt, oil, environmental toxins, chemicals and other poisons. When charcoal gets applied to the skin, it pulls out dirt and impurities that clog pores and cause acne.

When it comes to a charcoal-rich beauty routine, there are a number of products I can’t live without.

Personally, I prefer a charcoal mask. I have tried the charcoal washes, and they work great but almost do too good of a job on my skin and leave it a little too dry. If, however, you have actively oily skin and acne, charcoal washes may may be your jam.

Try: Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($7.99).


What I love about masks is that they force you to take a few minutes to yourself. Try a mini-spa day (minute) with a Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment.


GlamGlow is the holy grail of masks, and this one will suck the impurities out of your skin, the neighbors’, the dog . . . it’ll get it all. And your skin will look and feel amazing. A little pricey for $69.00 but totally worth it.


If you aren’t feeling that price tag don’t worry, Freeman Feeling Beautiful Polishing Mask with Charcoal and Black Sugar for a mere $4.00 is a darn close runner-up.

So, take 15 minutes out of your day and detox that skin. You’ll be surprised how much it doesn’t suck.

Or will it?

(That was a long way around the block for that joke.)

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