Does This Really Work? Charcoal Face Cleanser

If your afternoon glow is more like an oil slick, it’s probably time to invest in an oil-controlling cleanser. I just tried Lush Dark Angels Facial Cleanser ($10.95 for 3.5 oz, lushusa.com) made of charcoal and rhassoul mud to help absorb oil overload. It also has black sugar to scrub away rough patches and avocado oil to prevent dryness because if you over dry skin it will produce even more oil. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle that’s why it’s important to find products that will control excessive shine, but not strip your skin of its natural oils.

This Lush cleanser was intriguing to me because it looks like moist, back dirt in the packaging. I soon found out that it also feels like moist, dirt when you’re rubbing it over your face—weird, but it’s all in the name of beauty, right? The sugar particles in the formula are small and therefore gentle. When I rinsed off this unconventional cleanser, my pores seemed tighter and my skin didn’t feel uncomfortable and parched.

The soap has a nice woody smell that’s refreshing and serves as a great morning pick-me-up. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it has definitely kept my T-zone shine at bay. Just goes to show, you shouldn’t judge a beauty product by appearances.

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