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How can active charcoal get rid of impurities and enhance my complexion?

You have no doubt heard of the qualities of cleansing masks, but did you know that one particular ingredient is quickly becoming the go-to for effective cleansers and face masks? *Active charcoal* is proving to be more than just a fad skin care product. It works wonders on your complexion to create healthy, glowing skin. But just what makes it so effective and how can you work it into your daily skincare routine?

How can active charcoal get rid of impurities and enhance my complexion?

How it works
Active charcoal is the result of a high-temperature heating process. *Active charcoal's benefits* stem from charcoal's fantastic ability to soak up impurities and toxins – up to thousands of times more than its own weight. It’s also adept at attracting all the tiny particles of dirt in your skin and lifting them off, thus unclogging the pores. When integrated into the right formula, the result is that you simply wash away all the impurities. An effective skin-care formula will also leave your skin’s natural oils in place. This is especially important for city dwellers whose skin has to cope with pollution on top of make-up, leading to clogged pores, which in turn causes excess sebum and blackheads.

How to incorporate active charcoal into your daily routine
To truly benefit from this powerful ingredient, opt for a product that has *active charcoal* in its formula. One of the most effective products is a charcoal face mask. Leave it on for a good 15 minutes or so and let it really get to work on your pores. It literally soaks up the excess sebum that causes blocked pores and spots, leaving you with a clearer, healthier looking complexion. 

How do I apply it?
As with any face mask or cleanser, active charcoal masks should be used after your normal cleansing routine. Rinse thoroughly and pat your face dry before liberally applying a specially formulated mask such as Pure Active 3 in 1 Charcoal. Leave it on for around 15 minutes and then remove with warm water. As always, be gentle with your rinsing and drying afterwards.

What's next?
Before you head to bed, make sure you apply a simple moisturising cream to rehydrate your skin and pores. Avoid a formula that is too greasy and if you have oily or combination skin, a Pure Active mask in combination with a gentle moisturiser means you can fight against spots and wrinkles at the same time.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of different charcoal-based beauty products, you can try a multipurpose product like Garnier’s Pure Active Intensive 3 in 1 Charcoal Blackhead Mask/Wash/Scrub. It cleanses, exfoliates and reduces shine, leaving your skin healthy and smooth. So, what are you waiting for? Give active charcoal a try and see real results in clearer, healthy-looking skin!