5 Unexpected Charcoal Beauty Products

Unexpected but very welcome.

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Slide: GLAMGLOW® Starpotion™ Liquid Charcoal Clarifying Oil
GLAMGLOW® Starpotion™ Liquid Charcoal Clarifying Oil
4.2 (302)

We never even considered charcoal as an option for a facial oil, but as soon as we ran across GLAMGLOW's Starpotion, we don't know how we ever lived without it. The liquid charcoal oil sinks into skin sans dark residue and offers up a duo of charcoal to protect skin against pollution and dreaded antioxidants. Plus, it nourishes and conditions skin thanks to a gentle blend of turmeric, aloe vera, TEAOXI®, vitamin C, salicylic acid, and oleic acid-rich oils.

Shop it: $54 at Sephora

Slide: boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray 5.07 oz/ 150 mL
boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray 5.07 oz/ 150 mL
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You may typically think of charcoal as being black, but did you know there's actually a white version too? boscia's makeup setting spray is infused with Binchotan white charcoal, which is a super star when it comes to tackling any excess oil. This helps with balancing out the skin (peace out, shine!) so your makeup stays on better.

Shop it: $38 at Sephora

Slide: bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Blush With Antibacterial Charcoal
bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Blush With Antibacterial Charcoal
4.5 (1,901)

OK, so it might not be a skincare product per say, but it still count charcoal as a major player in its efficacy! bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Brush actually contains bristles that are infused with activated charcoal. This means that the brush is specifically designed to be be anti-bacterial, meaning you get the blemish-controlling benefits of charcoal in an entirely different format.

Shop it: $28 at Sephora

Slide: Charcoal-infused products
Tree Hut Charcoal Black Sugar Scrub

Charcoal-infused products may already line your shower caddy, but we have a feeling this one is slightly unique. Instead of a pore-refining option for your face or an oil-absorbing one for your scalp, Tree Hut's latest version of their fan-favorite scrubs puts the ingredient to use all over. Partnered with naturally exfoliating sugar particles and glycolic acid, charcoal goes the extra step to get a deeper cleanse. And you know what that means: more radiant, bump-free skin.

Shop it: $7.99 at Ulta

Slide: File this under probably
Smith & Cult Blackdrop Charcoal Brightening Primer

File this under probably the most unexpected use of charcoal we've seen to date—a primer. But, it makes sense really. The same oil-absorbing properties you count on for masks is put to good use with a mattifying, makeup-prepping primer. This water-gel formula goes on clear and brightens skin for a smooth foundation application.

Shop it: $32 at Ulta

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