If there's one ingredient that has been taken the beauty industry by storm lately--it's activated charcoal. This must-have does everything from absorbing oil and impurities to fighting off acne. It's truly a detox powerhouse. We chatted with Elena Arboleda, the head Aesthetician at the Mario Badescu Skincare Salon in NYC to break down all the benefits behind this miracle element. We also included charcoal items you need to add to your beauty routine ASAP!

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Topics: skincare