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Blackened beauty: Charcoal and its purifying properties are the latest health fad

It heats up your grill, and now it’s heating up the makeup counters.

Activated charcoal is the latest ingredient to take the beauty industry by storm — giving other hipster favorites like clay and coconut oil a run for their money. And now the black residue is being used in everything from teeth-whitening solutions to a lemonade cleanse, and even as the key ingredient in an expensive new facial.

“Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help purify and deep-clean skin,” says Wendy Brooks, director of global product development at Origins, a beauty company. She says the company’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is one of its best sellers. At Ling Skincare and Spa near Union Square, the Charcoal Facial ($260), incorporates crushed black charcoal as a soft powder mask after extractions with claims that it helps draw out toxins. The 90-minute treatment features a 15-minute charcoal mask, a thick, pudding-like mixture that is applied to the face with a brush. And while dermatologists aren’t buying the hype, our face did feel pretty good post treatment.