The dark arts: How mud, clay and charcoal are making a beauty comeback

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The dark arts

The road to beauty is beginning to look like a mud run thanks to the rise of mud, clay and charcoal-based products – it’s time to get your hands dirty.

Mud, clay and charcoal are powerful detoxifiers that draw out impurities, absorb excess oil and deliver valuable minerals to repair skin and hair. ‘Activated’ charcoal is the beauty ingredient du jour, explains Clinique education manager Tracey Pedersen. “Charcoal draws toxins to the surface of the skin, helping it to clear more quickly,” she explains. Mud and clay products, on the other hand, replenish lost minerals and increase hydration.

The Dark Arts

The Dark Arts

Davines Naturaltech Detoxifying Scrub Shampoo, $42. 2. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, $71. 4. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask $44. 5. Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, $89. 6. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, $45. 7. Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Hawaiian Sea Water & White Clay Mask $85. 8. Sukin Oil Balancing Pore Refining Facial Scrub, $14. 9. Glam Glow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment, $117. 10. Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel, $46. 11. Got Wood Charcoal Infused Biodegradable Toothbrush $6. 12. Zoo Natural Teeth Whitener, $45.

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Words: Elise Wilson
Photos: Getty Images, Bauer Studio