Get the scoop on the trendy ingredient you’re seeing everywhere.
By Reina Berger
These days you can't turn a corner without hearing about activated charcoal. Found in the form of powder, pills, cubes, granules, chewable tablets, and facial pads, this ingredient is trending everywhere. Social media feeds are spilling over with images of black ice cream, hamburger buns, smoothies, and more. While this ingredient is having a major moment in the sun, it has already been used all over the globe for centuries now. If you want to find out the benefits and common uses of activated charcoal, keep reading!
For activated charcoal in skin cleansing, aim for a product with the least amount of ingredients in it, as the only ingredient you are really interested in is the charcoal, which does a good job on its own of drawing out dirt from the skin. Look for an organic activated charcoal soap bar with minimal processing, instead of a scrub or peel, to avoid exposing your skin to harsh chemicals.