Coal Care

You may not immediately associate charcoal with skin and hair care, but activated charcoal boosts beauty benefits by drawing out oil, dirt, and other harmful toxins from clogged pores and follicles. Many beauty and health companies now recognize the advantages of charcoal and incorporate the ingredient into products, such as Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask ($34) and Sort of Coal’s Kuro Shampoo ($35). While it seems strange seeing your face covered in a dark gray cream, reviews promise an almost instantaneous improvement in the appearance of your skin, thanks to charcoal’s high absorbency and porous nature.

Also shown above: GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment ($69). Dr. Sponge Charcoal Body Cleansing Konjac Sponge ($12).