It’s true. Charcoal is a game changer in the beauty world, and for good reason: it works wonders.


Photo credit via Instagram: @pumpkinsister_id

No, not the stuff you find in your BBQ or in your old art supplies – wrong kind of charcoal, all kinds of bad! – we’re talking about ACTIVATED charcoal.

Japanese women have been using it for centuries in their beauty routines, and the beauty industry is onto it. Don’t worry, DAISO is too, which means you can get all the perks of the luxury brands but for a fraction of the price. Each product is just AU$2.80, so if you buy all the charcoal products listed in this blog post, that’s your skin and hair taken care of for only AU$16.80! Helloooooooo saving for that holiday in the Bahamas!

Heads up! Here’s what you’ll find at DAISO.


Why change to charcoal?

Aside from providing minutes of entertainment when you look in the mirror with your face covered in black goop (chim-chiminy-chim-chiminy … ), activated charcoal is said to have real beauty benefits.

When you use it on your face it:

  • draws out the impurities that get into your skin each day – bacteria, poisons, harmful chemicals, dirt and microscopic particles
  • unclogs your pores
  • makes your skin look and feel fresher
  • helps combat pimples and blackheads.

Skin won’t dramatically change after a single use, but you’ll notice improvements after a week or two.

When you use it on your hair it:

  • draws out pollutants and grease
  • leaves hair deep-cleaned and soft.

Customers swear by it, like it’s the holy grail of skincare and haircare. Read the proof in these honest-to-goodness reviews from around the world:

What is activated charcoal? Is it safe?

Activated charcoal is charcoal that’s been heated in a way to make itsuper porous, meaning it has so many tiny holes that it can hold 1000 times its own mass (like an intensely absorbent sponge or filter, but on a microscopic scale).

It has extreme absorbtion ability. No, that’s not a typo. Absorbtionchemically attracts and sticks other substances to the charcoal’s surface, rather than drawing them in to become part of it (absorption).

Because charcoal isn’t something that can be absorbed by the body, it’s safe. In fact, pure activated charcoal is commonly used in medicine, and some monkeys eat charcoal to help their digestive systems.

So, how do you use charcoal products?

Just like you would your usual ones. Each of DAISO’s products have instructions on the pack, but here are a few pointers for you to incorporate DAISO’s charcoal range into your beauty routine.

Remember to always test products on a small patch of skin first to make sure you’re not allergic to ingredients.

  1. Cleansing cream


Remove makeup and daily impurities. There’s no need for water – just apply and wipe off. It’ll leave a slightly sticky residue that you’ll need to wash off with cleansing foam.

2. Cleansing foam


Squeeze a little onto your hand and use a foaming net to create a lather (see a handy tutorial by midsummer3v3 on how to use DAISO’s foaming nets). Massage the lather into your skin, rinse off, and pat your face dry with a soft cloth.

Moisturise if necessary with your favourite moisturiser. 

TIP: You can use this to cleanse your hands too. Over time, it’ll make them look and feel more youthful. 

3. Sumi blotting paper


Keep these beauty saviours in your bag for on-the-go oil control throughout your day. Blot whenever you’re feeling like your face needs more of a matte finish. 

4. Natural pack peel-off face mask (once a week)


This one is trickier, depending on your skin type. If you’ve ever used a pore strip across your nose, you’re familiar with the feeling of a super sticky strip pulling out not only your blackheads and whiteheads but also a layer of peach fuzz hairs from your skin! This mask is just like that but on your whole face, so, sensitive petals, beware, and only use in oily areas where you really need a deep clean! 

To use it, apply in a thick layer (avoiding delicate eye areas, eyebrows, hairline, and lips), dry for 15 minutes and then peel off. 

Look at all the dead skin and tiny hairs and blackheads and whiteheads – horribly satisfying isn’t it?!

Moisturise if necessary with your favourite moisturiser. 

5. Pore care packs (once a week)


Like the peel-off mask, these will pull out blackheads and whiteheads (and tiny peach fuzz hairs!) from your nose. Just wet the strip, apply it to your nose, press down, dry for a few minutes and peel off.


6. Sumi shampoo (once a week)


Because this shampoo is so rich in sweet-smelling detoxifying loveliness, it’s more like a hair treatment or conditioner, so you only need to use it once a week as a special treat for your hair. 

Lather in, rinse thoroughly and dry. 

Gaze upon your shiny, rejuvenated hair and book a night on the town.

Who would’ve thought that something as black as charcoal could actually get your skin and hair so amazingly clean and detoxed?! Not us, but we’ve tried it and it works!

We’re excited to hear your success stories and see your results with DAISO’s charcoal range, so remember to share them with us on our Facebook page or on your favourite social media with #mydaiso.



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