The Science Behind Activated Charcoal

 

Bill Nye called. He wants to talk face masks.

By Abby Fritz

Activated charcoal is one of the biggest beauty trends right now. You can find it in everything from face masks to detox drinks to teeth whitening products. But what exactly is the fine black powder? Are there any risks associated with it? We’re gonna break it down to the basics:

 

Cover image by Staci Soslowitz