Why charcoal may become your new skin care staple

Garnier Pure Active Intensive 3 in 1 Charcoal Reviews

Here’s what our Review Crew® members thought of this multitasking skin care product

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / February 05 2018

The product

It’s no secret that charcoal has built itself quite the reputation for its ability to detox skin and draw out impurities. Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Charcoal takes this a step further and simplifies your skin care routine by tripling as a wash, scrub and mask in one. It has been specifically formulated to target imperfection-prone skin, reduce shine and eliminate blackheads to clear the complexion.

Our panel of Review Crew® testers put this product to the test.

The panel

Beauty Crew sent Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Charcoal to a panel of women and men aged between 18 and 30 with skin that’s prone to spots and blackheads.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Charcoal:

How the product helped tackle imperfections: A majority of the Review Crew® testers reported that many of their breakouts and blemishes cleared after regularly using this product, with some noticing a minimised appearance of pores after a few weeks. Members also found their oily skin was more controlled, without leaving it feeling dry or tight.

How refreshed it left their skin: Members found that the formulation left their skin feeling fresh and clean. Some testers commented on the deep clean the exfoliating beads gave, which left their skin feeling smooth, soft and revitilised.

How versatile it was: A majority of Review Crew® testers enjoyed the ease of use and versatility of this product, specifically how it simplified their skin care routine. Many praised the benefits of having one product like this that offered multiple possibilities for their skin care routine.

Good to know: Some reviewers did mention that due to the rough consistency of the exfoliating beads, they were using it between 2-3 times a week, rather than every day.

This may not be for you if… you have sensitive skin. If your skin is prone to reactions and redness, we recommend conducting a patch test on your skin 24 hours before trialling any new skin care product.

The verdict

“I love how well the charcoal got into my pores and removed the excess oil and dirt build up from the day. As an avid makeup wearer, a makeup wipe doesn't always cut it when trying to remove foundation. This 3-in-1 wash, scrub and mask helped me feel at ease knowing my pores were not being left clogged.”
Natalie K
“I used this product as a wash and it was amazing. My nose now has zero blackheads and I rarely have breakouts anymore…I will be continuing to use this because it has made such a difference to my skin care routine.”
Laura W
“OMG where do I start...I love this product. If you are like me and have oily, acne-prone skin with larger pores and blackheads, then this product works wonders. It has reduced my pore size and has significantly reduced my blackheads, especially on the nose and chin area. I have also seen a reduction in the oiliness and shininess of my skin and it seems to have cleared significantly in regards to acne.”
Caitlin C

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by Garnier to Pacific Magazines’ BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by BEAUTYcrew members.

Have you tried this charcoal skin care product before? Please tell us what you thought in the comments section below.

*This average star rating is based on 84 reviews and is correct as of 02/02/2018

Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.

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