When it comes to beauty , it’s always a confusion between what you need, what you want and what really works. Produts come and go, few making it to your permanent beauty kit.

Charcoal beauty products were there since long but showed great effects only recently. Sure, a lot of people are intimidated by the colour of a skin product but trust us to say that it can make a huge difference to your look.

Gone are the days when you walk into a beauty store and the saleswoman tries to sell you products with tea tree oil extracts or salicylic acid. If you are looking for an excuse to lay off the chemicals in skin products available in the market, charcoal is the best option.With international celebs posting pictures of wearing charcoal face masks on social networking sites, it’s definitely on our lust list this month. CT finds out what’s there to love about it.

The Secret Of Black Magic.

If you think charcoal has made it to the beauty and the health market recently, you cannot be more wrong! This ingredient first started doing the rounds in the 19th century as a cure for hangovers and flatulence.

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Beautician Nishi Anand explains, “Charcoal has come back to the beauty market again because of its ability to absorb toxins and cleanse the system. Whether it is in the form of capsules, beauty masks or otherwise -this product is nowadays used for a maximum number of beauty and health purposes.”

Purifies And Deep Cleanses the Skin

Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in removing impurities from your system, thereby keeping your skin clean, youthful and flawless. Beauty professional Riddhima Negi says, “When it comes to domestic market, the beauty industry is opening up to the benefits, charcoal has to offer. It’s effective in treating body odour, acne and relieving from insect bites and rashes.”

Offers Anti-Ageing Benefits Too.

Due to its ability to prevent cellular damage to the adrenal glands, its important to cleanse toxins and chemicals routinely from your body. Health experts and doctors often recommend the use of creams or face masks that contain charcoal in it to prevent ageing and delay the signs of it. It tightens skin to shrink bags and smooth fine lines. Take that, saggy jawline and wrinkly neck! jawline and wrinkly neck!

Charcoal Available In Various Forms

Face wash: These days, markets are flooded with face washes that contain charcoal for both men and women. Formulated for all skin types, it prevents acne and pigmented skin.

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Toothpaste: Those that contain charcoal protects your gum, while whitening your teeth.

A wide range of charcoal toothpastes are easily available in the domestic market too.

Soaps: While there is an abundance of face washes and toothpastes that contain charcoal in the market, soaps are easily available online. Apart from taking care of your facial skin, charcoal soaps ensure that if you have any skin problems on your hands, legs and other parts of the body , it prevents skin ailments like rashes, body odour etc.