But now, smaller makeup retailers are getting in on the charcoal action, as clean-beauty brands like dome BEAUTY, for example, are also churning out blush, eyeshadow and liner brushes made with synthetic charcoal fibers. And unlike traditional synthetic brushes, Mar Cavalone, founder of dome BEAUTY, tells us charcoal-infused makeup brushes have a surprising added benefit that may help keep those breakouts and blemishes at bay. “Unlike traditional synthetic makeup brushes, brushes that are infused with charcoal have the added benefit of providing extra defense to fight against bacteria build up,” Cavalone says. “As charcoal boasts natural detoxifying properties, it acts as a self-cleaner for the brushes.
Charcoal aside, Cavalone says you still will have to clean these kinds of makeup brushes regularly, as it’s still important to maintain good hygiene practices when using beauty products of any kind. “Brushes infused with charcoal provide an added benefit to assist in fighting bacteria buildup, but you still need to regularly wash your brushes to keep them truly sanitary,” she states.
From a makeup-artist perspective, Garnier celebrity hair and makeup artist Millie Morales says charcoal-infused makeup brushes can be particularly helpful for those with oily and acne-prone skin, as the bristles are less porous, meaning they won’t hold onto breakout-causing bacteria. “I like using synthetic or preservative-free brushes like these because they have less porous bristles, so they do not hold on to bacteria,” Morales tells NewBeauty. “This makes these brushes more than suitable for acne-prone skin, as they are also much easier to clean and dry faster.
It’s safe to say that the charcoal beauty boom is still staying strong, as we’ve all seen those activated charcoal sheet masks, pore strips and cleansers become more mainstream in the last few years. However, expect charcoal-infused makeup products to become even more prevalent this year, especially now that charcoal-infused makeup brushes are being introduced into the product lines of many big name brands.
While activated charcoal has been used as an active ingredient inside many skin-care product formulas, Cavalone explains that charcoal-infused makeup brushes are made a bit differently. “Brush fibers are infused with charcoal prior to the brush production,” she says. “These same fibers are then used in our custom designed brushes.
From eye patches to pore strips, there is no real surprise why charcoal-infused makeup brushes are becoming more popular, as they boast built-in protection against blemish-inducing bacteria. However, be advised that while products containing activated charcoal are typically considered safe for use, a 2019 study published in Clinics in Dermatology suggested there is a lack of clinical evidence to support the ingredient’s acne-busting claims.
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