A Look at this Age-Old Ingredient
It seems counterintuitive to take an intensely black substance and apply it directly to your skin. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the many benefits of this age-old ingredient.
People have been using charcoal as a cleansing agent to remove toxins and bacteria for thousands of years, so it should come as no surprise that the beauty industry has incorporated charcoal into many products from face masks, to soaps to shampoos and even toothpaste. So, let’s take a closer look.
What Is Activated Charcoal?
We’re not talking about the same type of charcoal you use with your grill. Activated charcoal is made from carbon-rich materials like bamboo, coconut shells or peat that have been heated to extremely high temperatures to create a fine, black, odorless powder. The “activation” process strips the material of previously absorbed molecules which frees the substance to attract and bind with certain chemicals like toxins and impurities.
A Mini Magnet
When this super fine, powdery substance is used in beauty products, it acts like a mini magnet to remove dirt, oil, make-up from your hair and skin.
Results may include:
- ✔ Clearer skin
- ✔ Fewer breakouts
- ✔ Minimized pores
- ✔ More balanced skin tone
- ✔ A brighter, less dull appearance
In addition to balancing oily or combination skin, charcoal infused hair products can help to reduce excess oil, mineral build-up and product build-up on the scalp and hair follicles. Some users also report less dandruff and itch when using charcoal hair care products.
Change Up Your Routine
If you are looking to shake up your hair care routine or skin regimen, you may want to consider adding this age old ingredient.