Essential for barbecues, yes, but also a prized ingredient in beauty, it turns out – for centuries. Known for its ability to absorb toxins and bacteria, charcoal’s use can be traced back as far as the Egyptians in 1550 BC. When ingested or used as a water filter, charcoal can remove toxins from the stomach before they can hit the bloodstream, and in skincare, charcoal works much the same way. Thus, a charcoal mask (or soap) can absorb excess oil, tighten pores, brighten a dull complexion and prevent breakouts. It acts as a magnet for dirt and impurities, which you’ll be able to simply wash away, leaving clean and radiant skin. Use once or twice a week for best results. Any more and you may risk stripping the skin of moisture and actually producing more oil to compensate!