What can charcoal do for oily skin?
When it comes to oily skin it’s important to use the right products to cleanse and moisturize your skin. You’re trying to eliminate excess oil while maintaining supple, hydrated and healthy-looking skin. An effective ingredient for you to be on the lookout for in product formulas is charcoal. Find out more about how charcoal can help you maintain a balanced, shine-free complexion.
How Does Charcoal Work?
You may be familiar with charcoal and how it looks and feels from those relaxing summer barbecues, but charcoal is also a highly effective ingredient in skin care. Charcoal can attract toxins and when used on skin it draw out impurities like oil, dirt, sweat and make up like a magnet from your face. It works like a sponge, which is why it’s been used for so long in hospitals to treat alcohol poisoning.
Especially when combined with a pore-unclogging ingredient like salicylic acid, charcoal can work like a sponge on your face to remove toxins and leave you cleansed. This makes it ideal for shine-prone skin. It also helps deep clean your pores and free them from excess sebum, dead skin cells and oil.
How To Use Charcoal In Your Skin Care Routine
Products formulated with charcoal or charcoal extracts can be a great match for oily and blemish-prone skin. There are numerous products on the market which feature these helpful ingredients, so you should give it a try if you are looking to refresh your cleansing, exfoliation and hydration routine.
Cleansing twice a day is crucial for oily skin so that you can remove excess oil and also have a clean canvas for the remaining steps in your routine. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel is a good cleanser to revitalize your skin and regulate oil production. Massage the cleanser into wet skin in a circular motion then rinse off. Your skin should look matte and shine-free. If you have extremely oily skin you may want to cleanse another round. The gel is lightweight but will thoroughly cleanse your pores. After usage your skin should feel soft and clean.
Oily skin should be exfoliated regularly. Depending on your skin needs you should try to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. Look to products formulated with charcoal in your scrub — it can help cut through oil and also attracts dirt particles to it, as well as softens your skin and removes dead surface skin cell particles. A great option for you is Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub which is formulated with charcoal and salicylic acid. It will help give your skin a smoother appearance and cleans out your pores. Skin post-exfoliation is fresh and allows for better absorption of subsequent products. After exfoliation is a great time to apply a mask, toner or moisturizer as your skin is primed to soak up products.
Once a week or more you should use a mask on your oily skin as this can help regulate oil production and make it shine-free. Try a refreshing, oil-regulating and energizing charcoal mask such as Garnier SkinActive’s Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Cleanser/Mask which is a creamy clay-based formula. Apply on damp skin then massage it into your skin in a circular motion. Let it rest for a minute then wash it off. Leaving it on for long periods of time can dry out your skin, so don’t wait for your mask to dry out. Rinse off with lukewarm water until the mask/cleanser is fully removed from your skin. Your skin should feel soft, hydrated and free of oil.
Close out your cleansing routine with a product that will hydrate your skin and protect it throughout the day. Try Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening and Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. Its lightweight, won’t clog your pores and protects your skin from sun damage. It’s also formulated with Vitamin C and E and pine bark essence which can help brighten and smooth the appearance of your skin. Apply a dime-sized amount to your face and work it into your skin in an upward and outward motion until it is fully absorbed.
5. On The Go
If your skin feels greasy after working out, while traveling, or if you need a quick cleanse in a pinch, you can also use Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Purifying Oil-Free Towelettes to easily remove make up and dirt. Keeping cleansing wipes on hand for quick cleansing touch ups is perfect when you are on the go.