In the world of earthy purifying wonders, charcoal is right up there with clay and mud. This holy-grail ingredient has been purging impurities since ancient times, thanks to its ability to attach to and absorb toxins. (Emergency rooms will even use it to treat overdoses and poisonings!) But in the past few years, charcoal has also been trending in the world of skincare with promises of removing blackheads, minimizing pores, and zapping zits. How, you ask? As cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson explained to Allure: "When dirt and oil in your pores come in contact with the carbon, they stick to it and then get washed away when you rinse." So if you want a clear, glowy complexion on your big day (and who doesn’t?), charcoal skincare products could just be your ticket.
We expect the purifying formulas ahead to become a staple in your pre-wedding skincare routine.