Yes, the famous charcoal mask that has everyone screaming over (literally, because it hurts when being peeled) has taken over the internet.

There’s something very satisfying about finding beauty products that actually live up to its hype. What more if it’s an ingredient or product that have stayed in the spotlight for a long period of time, you know there’s no BS there.

One beauty product that seems to live by Julius Caesar’s ‘Veni, vidi, vici’ quote in the beauty world lately are charcoal masks. Yes, the famous charcoal mask that has everyone screaming over (literally, because it hurts when being peeled) has taken over the internet. What a tea cleanse does for your digestive system, a charcoal mask does for your skin. The main ingredient in these masks – activated charcoal – unclogs pores by drawing out toxins, sebum and grime, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger).

Here we have for you five charcoal mask worth earning a spot in your beauty cabinet.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask

Infused with vitamins and minerals of Ireland’s famed Moor Mud (hence the name), Hijiki seaweed, and activated charcoal, this super black gel-like texture cleanses the skin, flushes out all the gunk from the skin, refines pores while nourishing your skin. You’ll have fresh and radiant looking skin in no time. W

Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores

Giving your skin a breather, this mask unclogs pores and clears all kinds of waste from the skin like oil, dirt, pollutant and leaves it looking healthier and refreshed. Plus, it suits all skin types. W

Glamglow Supermud® Clearing Treatment

Just as its brand name suggests, this baby will have your skin glowing by the time you rinse it off. It gets rid of all kinds of skin troubles be it redness, acne, in-grown hair or scars. We recommend using a moisturiser after as the after feel comes off a bit dry. W

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask

When it comes to trusting a brand to take away our unhappy facial woes, Clinique is always one we could count on. This mattified solution packed with charcoal powder and kaolin clay ingredients eliminates deep-rooted dirt trapped in the pores and absorbs all the oil leaving your skin feeling clean as ever. W

Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding – Intensive Wash-off Treatment

The Goddess of all charcoal masks. This Boscia mask among the others is a blend of activated bamboo charcoal, binchotan white charcoal powder and kaolin clay just like Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions. While its activated bamboo charcoal draws out stubborn impurities making a pathway for clear skin sans irritation, the binchotan white charcoal minimises pores.W


Images: Courtesy of Sephora and Wendi Ichinose