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Your Guide to Activated Charcoal Cleansers

Sometimes it feels like all I ever talk about is how amazing Charcoal is, but the benefits of this amazing natural ingredient just don't end! Did you know that Charcoal is actually also an incredibly effective ingredient in natural skin care? I've put together this guide to the best Activated Charcoal cleansers for both face and body!

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Sometimes I feel as though there is just no end to the benefits of Activated Charcoal! This amazing natural ingredient can now be found in almost any of our daily house and home products, from our water filters to natural skin care. While Charcoal can be used in a range of different skin care items, one of the best ways to utilise its benefits is actually in face and body cleansers because it's so powerfully absorbent and antibacterial, making it ideal for all skin types but especially acne prone skin.

Benefits of Charcoal cleansers

Activated Charcoal has long been utilised for its highly absorbent properties, known for its ability to attract and absorb impurities from water, air and surfaces thanks to its porous structure. This process is known as 'adsorption', giving Charcoal powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This makes it an amazing ingredient in natural face and body cleansers as it works hard to extract impurities and acne-causing bacteria from deep within the pores, leaving your skin lightly exfoliated and feeling fresh and purified. Because of these properties, Charcoal is actually also an incredibly effective ingredient in dental care products, helping to remove plaque, whiten teeth and deter bad bacteria. Read more about the benefits of Charcoal toothbrushes and toothpaste in my blog post here!

Natural Charcoal facial cleansers

Mineral Fusion Charcoal Gel Cleanser
With a lightweight gel texture, the Mineral Fusion Charcoal Gel Cleanser is ideal for all skin types but is especially great for those prone to blackheads and breakouts. Using the gentle cleansing properties of Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E, this hypoallergenic and fragrance free formula also contains Charcoal for its natural detoxifying power and ability to extract impurities, loosen blackheads and minimise pores. Vegan and gluten free, it can be gently massaged into damp skin, and is best used at nighttime to remove the day's dirt and grime.

Life Basics Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal
Perfect for use on its on or with your favourite facial cleanser, the
Life Basics Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal works to gently exfoliate the complexion and absorb impurities thanks to natural Konjac fibre infused with detoxifying Charcoal. pH neutral and ideal for acne-prone skin, this natural sponge helps to give a deep cleanse to leave pores feeling clean and revitalised. It's also 100% biodegradable! To use, soak in warm water to soften then massage into face.

Happy Skincare 'Chirpy' Charcoal Cleansing Gel
Ideal for oily or combination skin, the Happy Skincare 'Chirpy' Charcoal Cleansing Gel is a gentle micellar formula in a gel consistency, working to remove excess oil and build-up from deep within the skin. Balancing and purifying, this vegan and Australian made cleanser contains Activated Bamboo Charcoal in a base of nourishing Aloe Vera, White Tea and enzyme-rich Pineapple Extract to cut through grime and melt away makeup, leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh. Use on damp skin then rinse with warm water.

Morihata Binchotan Facial Scrub Towel
Infused with antibacterial Binchotan Charcoal powder, the Morihata Binchotan Facial Scrub Towel is perfect for fussy teenagers who hate spending time cleaning their face as well as anyone who suffers from hormonal acne. Absorbent and lightly exfoliating, this facial towel works to rid the skin of excess dirt, oil and grime while also fighting off bacteria, so it stays hygienic between uses. Gentle yet subtly abrasive, it can also help to remove makeup and loosen dead skin cells for a fresh and glowing complexion. Moisten before use and gently smooth all over the face. Use it with or without your facial cleanser.

Natural Charcoal body cleansers

Buddy Scrub Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash
Invigorating and detoxifying, the Buddy Scrub Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash contains Activated Charcoal in combination with soothing Aloe Vera and stimulating Peppermint, Rosemary and Lavender to thoroughly clean skin and leave it feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. A gentle formula, this vegan and Australian made body wash helps to minimise body acne and can be used in conjunction with a Konjac sponge or on its own. Despite its dark colour, it won't stain your tiles!

Life Basics Konjac Body Sponge Activated Charcoal
In an easy-to-use, large rippled shape, the Life Basics Konjac Body Sponge Activated Charcoal is designed to cleanse and purify the body. Ideal for those who have problem skin or troubles with body acne, this absorbent sponge removes excess oil and grime to help minimise breakouts and deter bacteria and build-up. Just like the Konjac facial sponge, it can be used wet on its own or with a body wash or soap. Use daily for best results and allow to dry completely between each use.

Life Basics Activated Charcoal Body Soap Peppermint
Vegan and 100% palm oil free, the Life Basics Activated Charcoal Body Soap Peppermint combines purifying Activated Coconut Charcoal with deeply hydrating Olive, Sunflower and Coconut, Castor and Hemp Oils as well as Shea Butter to help melt away dirt and grime in a convenient bar soap form. Lightly exfoliating, this gentle soap works to soften, smooth and moisturise skin, and has a refreshing scent from Peppermint essential oil. Keep your soap bar dry in between uses for a long lasting bar.

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