Charcoal… In Your Skincare!
Ok, so strictly speaking it’s not the stuff we use on BBQs but it’s not far off. It is activated (all this means is that it has been heated or treated to make it more porous and increase its absorption properties).
It is used in lots of products for detoxing. When applied to the skin, toxins in the skin are drawn to the activated charcoal and stick to it, particles that enter our skin through pores due to make-up, pollution and dirt are drawn from skin by the charcoal.
Uses of activated charcoal:-
In a face mask or face wash: will remove the dirt and grime from your pores making them seem smaller and unclog your skin for a fresh feel.
To dry out skin, perfect for oily skin types. Although only use a couple of times a week, as it could dry the skin out too much.
As a soap to treat acne, the slight gritty texture to the soap created by the charcoal will help to exfoliate, it can also be used directly on a blemish or problem area.
As a one off deep cleanser to really soak up those oils and toxins.
Activated charcoal has been used for centuries to clean wounds and as a skincare treatment. The reason; although it may not look like an ingredient that would benefit your skin; is it is such an effective cleaner.
Ingredients to add to charcoal products: tea tree oil (a good antiseptic to treat acne), lavender (antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and smells good too), aloe vera (healing properties), witch hazel (helps to remove oil from the skin).