The minute you hear of activated charcoal you would think of fancy tubes of whitening tooth pastes and we don’t blame you. Activated charcoal hasn’t garnered enough recognition in the skincare department but matters have slowly started to shift. Scientifically speaking “charcoal is a form of carbon that has small, low-volume pores with increased surface area for absorption and chemical reactions.” But the weird thing is that it can be derived from a variety of substances such as coconut shells, bamboo, olive pits, sawdust, as well as coal. So what exactly does activated charcoal do to your skin? Let’s find out.
What Does It Do And How Does It Work
Skincare brands have recently caught on the craze of activated charcoal and for one simple reason. It can give your skin serious glow. Activated charcoal carries a negative charge and has a large surface area which enables it to bind all the skin’s impurities together be they dirt, toxins, or heavy metals. Activated charcoal can reduce the appearance of pores, it balances oily skin, it can treat acne and soothe bites, cuts and skin irritations. It also has great benefits for the hair and scalp. And since charcoal gets activated at a high temperature, and because its porousness increases, it can be used for a variety of uses such as in the treatment of poisoning, for air purification and water filtration among others.
Who Should Use It
Activated charcoal is recommended for those who suffer from blackheads, for those who live in highly polluted areas, and for those who have oily skin that tends to attract a lot of residue.
How Is It Used
Activated charcoal is best used as a mask or a scrub after cleansing your skin, and before you apply your serums, oils and moisturisers. Activated charcoal products can be used daily as long as they don’t include other exfoliating ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids. They are best used as part of your nightly skincare regimen.