As some of you might know, I’ve been focusing a lot of energy since the start of the new year on setting myself up with a skincare routine. Up until this point, my skincare routine has consisted of taking showers, maybe applying lotion to my body and then using a facial moisturizer. Needless to say, I have some work to do, but I feel like I’m making some progress.
One of the products I’ve discovered so far on this journey is the charcoal cleansing bar. It’s actually a really crazy, ironic story about how my first charcoal bar came into my life. I had just been talking to my sister about charcoal and how I really wanted to try it out because of all the supposed benefits (more on this below). Then, out of nowhere I got a direct message from an old friend that said she had started selling Beauty Counter and offered to send me some products!
What a crazy coincidence, right?! Especially because if I’m going to introduce all these skincare products to my body, I want to be at least a little conscious and intentional (there’s that word again—it’s a big one for me this year) about the kind of products I’m using. AKA, I want to keep things pretty clean and natural and Beauty Counter is great for that.
So because my friend, Bethany, offered to hook me up with some products from Beauty Counter, I immediately knew I wanted to try their charcoal cleansing bar. I had no idea what to expect, but I was so excited to jump on this charcoal wellness bandwagon.
Benefits of charcoal
So, what is so amazing about charcoal, specifically for skin? Something I kept hearing over and over again was that it draws out toxins. Ok, that sounds great, but what does that even mean? From how I understand it, the charcoal essentially acts as a magnet, which draws out the toxins in your body—and by toxins I mean chemicals, bacteria, heavy metals (mercury, lead, aluminum), etc.
This is also why people will take activated charcoal capsules. Because just like on your skin, when it’s on the inside of your body, it draws in those toxins and prevents them from being further absorbed into the body. (Disclaimer: this is how I’ve interpreted information I found based on research on this topic. Definitely not an expert.)
All of that said, I feel like the charcoal bar has worked really well for my skin. Lord knows it needs the help. I’ve had less breakouts and overall I think it’s helping my skin improve. However, even though the bar I’ve been using also has moisturizing oils in it, charcoal is basically made to dry the sh*t out of your skin. Think of it as a side effect from it sucking all the gunk out. So, I would say the only caveat to using this product is that your skin will be very, very dry afterwards. I honestly don’t mind though because it makes me feel like it’s working. Just be sure to have a fantastic moisturizer waiting nearby to add that hydration back to your skin.
I really hope this has gotten you excited to give a charcoal cleansing bar a try! For me it was an affordable, effective way to kick off developing a skincare routine!
Have you ever tried a charcoal bar? What did you think?! I want to hear about your experience in the comments! If you haven’t, make it your goal for February as part of this wellness challenge to give it a go!