Summer Trend: These activated charcoal products promise to detoxify your skin

Charcoal tops the list of self-­care trends this year, showing up in everything from shampoo to bar soaps

Charcoal beauty products
Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap, $3.69, Target,

Photograph by Wedig + Laxton

Activated charcoal has been used for centuries to pull impurities from the body. Now, this ashy carbon residue has reached beauty-fad status with products that fight oil, treat acne, and detoxify the skin.

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Photograph by Wedig + Laxton

It looks like deodorant but acts like a facial: Yes to Tomatoes 2-in-1 scrub and cleanser stick (top right of above photo) pulls out impurities with a swipe. $10, Target,

LUSH Cosmetics Dark Angels face and body cleanser deep cleans and detoxifies the skin. $15,

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mask + Charcoal Brush has a charcoal-infused brush applicator to mimic the spa mask experience. $17, Ulta Beauty,

The charcoal powder (top left) in Apotheke Charcoal Shampoo neutralizes acidity in the hair and absorbs oil. $24,

Five to 20 minutes with GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment (bottle, center) refines pores and clarifies skin. $59,

This article appears in our July 2018 issue.