If you\u2019re someone who wears makeup often, you know badly your skin can dry from using alcohol wipes. And let\u2019s not forget the oils and such that appear naturally on your skin. To purify all of that we look to the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel. It knocks out all that, making it one of the best activated charcoal products for general skin care.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel\r\nA straightforward activated charcoal cream that can be applied directly to your face\u2014your face only\u2014to effectively remove dirt, pollution and makeup.\r\nPerformance\r\nWhen it came to tackling oily skin, the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel was at its best. The natural charcoal inside the gel worked hard to scrub away dirt, pollution and makeup pore deep. It left the skin feeling fresh and rather cool considering that layer of dirt and grime was removed. And no smell! More importantly, it didn\u2019t leave skin dry and can be used on any skin type. WIth that said, you wouldn\u2019t want to use this every day\u2014especially on sensitive skin. But this can be said about any activated charcoal skin care. It\u2019s best used no more than three times a week.\r\nDesign\r\nThe Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel houses the gel in a rather small package 2.6 x 2 x 6 inches. It weighs 0.75 pounds and you get 5 ounces of the gel packaged inside. Given it\u2019s small packaging and slim stature, this makes it very portable. You can toss this into a purse or backpack and have it readily available when you need it, whereas the Zen Charcoal Hardwood Activated Charcoal Powder is best left at home.\r\nValue\r\nTo get a sense of value, it\u2019s best to compare the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel with Schizandu Organics Hardwood Activated Charcoal Powder. Clinique\u2019s charcoal cleanse is a somewhat pricey $36 while Schizandu\u2019s charcoal powder is just under $20. When in powder form, you can create your own cleansing products for your skin, hair and mouth. Sounds great, right? Yes, but such a diverse use does lessen its overall performance as it doesn\u2019t contain all ingredients that makes the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel work so well. For a good companion, we also suggest the NaturaLife Labs Activated Charcoal for its all-around natural ingredients.\r\nClinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel Wrap Up\r\nThe Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel is a wonderful addition to anyone\u2019s medicine cabinet and semi-weekly routine. The natural charcoal ingredient really digs deep to clean your pores of dirt, pollution and makeup so well, without leaving behind a strange smell. While daily use is possible, it\u2019s best to use it three times a week, not everyday.