The Power of Charcoal (+ my Everyday Skincare Routine).

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Charcoal is certainly having a moment. I have girlfriends who take charcoal pills to prevent a hangover the next day (they swear by it, but I’m too scared to actually ingest charcoal!) And now, it’s all over the beauty world. What makes it so effective is that it acts like a magnet to attract (and then absorb) dirt and oil.

In the video below, I’m sharing my skincare routine. Two-three times a week, I use Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer to deep clean my skin and minimize the pores on my nose + chin. With grains and charcoal, the scrub helps dig up any extra dirt and oil and washes it away – but I love that it’s gentle.

YouTube video

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I start by washing my skin with an oil cleanser. I am partial to this one from Tata Harper, as it deep cleans and gets off all of my makeup, without overdrying.

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Next up is Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer. I spoke to it a bit earlier in the post, but what I love about this product is how smooth it leaves my skin… and that it leaves the pores on my nose visibly smaller. For as long as I can remember, the pores on my nose have bugged me. I’ll occasionally poke and prod at them with an extraction tool… or use Biore pore strips (my addiction!) to give them a deep clean, but this is a (way less invasive) way to deep clean your pores. After using this cleanser/scrub hybrid, the pores on my nose are way less noticeable.

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The third step in my routine is SK-II treatment essence. I use this daily and swear by its benefits. (You can read more in this post.) It’s pretty much the fountain of youth.

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Last but not least is sunscreen and moisturizer! I love this moisturizer with SPF 30 from Burt’s Bees. It’s nice as it sort of combines everything you need into one step (sunscreen, anti-aging, hydration) which saves a bit of time if you like to double cleanse like I do.

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Created in collaboration with Biore.

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  1. Cathleen:

    I may try this. I keep seeing charcoal here and there. Love the video addition.

    8.19.15 Reply
  2. Jherell:

    I’m going to buy the Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer right after work today! The pores on my nose and chin bug me so much, so I’m hoping that this helps. Thanks!

    8.19.15 Reply
  3. Shae:

    I’ve tried the Origin charcoal mask, and it was ok. . . A lot of people are crazy about it. I would love to try this Biore one though!

    Shae @ Current Habits

    8.19.15 Reply
  4. Lila&Sirena:

    I also collaborated with Biore on my blog, I tried de thermal face mask and cleanser and Im so happy with the results!
    Here is the link to my own review
    In case you want to share it with your spanish speaking followers.

    Love from Mexico!

    8.19.15 Reply
  5. Carrie:

    Origins Charcoal Mask is amazing. Only mask I’ve used that has instant, visible effects. Tightens and clears pores like a mofo.

    8.19.15 Reply
  6. Krista Dial:

    I’ve never used a product with charcoal in it, but when I was treating my acne as a teenager, my dermatologist recommended a sulfur soap bar called sulfo-lo. It worked okay, but was really drying to my skin. Didn’t smell that great. Now I use a lavender infused sulfur wash that smells amazing and also doubles as a deep cleansing mask. Great info about the charcoal product!

    8.23.15 Reply
  7. Noemi:

    This product seems interesting. I always have a bottle of charcoal pills, they’re digestive, perfect when you feel bloated or when you eat acid food. Charcoal absorbs alcohol, that’s why your friends take the pills.

    8.24.15 Reply
  8. Katie:

    What do you use as a SPF around your eye area? I use the SK-II eye treatment on my eye and layer the supergoop SPF eye cream over it during the day. The application isn’t as smooth as I’d like and I was curious if you have any other recommendations.

    10.16.15 Reply
    • graceatwood:

      Hi Katie! That’s such a good question… I actually don’t use an SPF on my eye area. I probably should but have overlooked that. If I find a good one I will be sure to let you know!!

      10.16.15 Reply