Activated charcoal has many properties and in the beauty field there are endless benefits: it fights blackheads, dilated pores and shiny skin.
Until some time ago, when someone even referred to charcoal, thought instinctively ran to supplements and products for the stomach and intestines. And in fact, the most common use of coal remains today. But, more and more often, it is also spoken of for its cosmetic properties. Yes, because this natural ingredient has highlighted a series of virtues that make it ideal as an active beauty ingredient. Especially for your detox routine.
Activated charcoal: What it is?
The activated charcoal or activated carbon, and known for its properties since ancient times, is a natural antibacterial and antifungal and it is a good ally for the cleansing of your skin : it is no coincidence that both purifier ingredient of many formulas because of its ability to “attract” to the surface any kind of impurity . It is in fact a natural substance obtained from the combustion of timber, or its processing waste, at high temperatures, in the absence of fire (calcination) and in a low-oxygen atmosphere (carbonification): the powder very porous, odorless and tasteless, it is obtained from different woods such as, for example, willow, poplar, birch but also coconut or bamboo, or from shells and fruit pits. Subsequently, the carbon is burned a second time in the presence of water vapor, air or gas in order to increase its absorption power (activation). It thinks that the surface of a small stick can catalyze impurities such as copper, chlorine, mercury and any other type of heavy metal.
Activated Charcoal: Properties
It is necessary to make a clarification: the vegetal carbon possesses “adsorbent” activity, that is, it is able to make the single molecules adhere to its surface; differently, the term “absorbent” indicates instead a substance capable of impregnating, like a sponge, for example.
All the benefits
The charcoal is often present in masks for combination skin, oily and impure because, unlike clay that can dry out too much, the coal dust does not leave the sensation of skin that ‘pull’: in a beautiful mask to seasonal changes charcoal gives a greater brightness to the gray complexion and is extinguished by the long winter season.
Even the cleaners to the activated carbon base are designed to deep clean the skin and free it from the substances that accumulate and can give rise to imperfections (sebum, make-up residues, pollution, etc.). The presence of imperfections such as black points, dilated pores or the shiny and greasy skin usually derives from a slightly thickened and impure skin due to the presence of sebaceous glands larger than normal: this type of skin often needs care with specific products.
The use of aggressive detergents can lead to a reverse effect as it could alter the skin’s protective hydro lipid film. The skin, as a defense mechanism, increases the production of dead cells and sebum causing a worsening of the situation. It is therefore important to choose a specific cleanser for impure skin, delicate but effective in removing excess sebum and able to induce a regular and constant exfoliation to optimize the quality of the skin. This is why you should therefore focus on activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal for the face
Active and ultra-absorbent, charcoal is able to remove excess sebum, counteracting the shine of the skin and giving it a matt effect. Two products in particular act on the impurities of the skin in an exemplary way: the first is Pure ACTIVE Intensive Gel 3 in 1 Anti-blackheads with its black texture can be used as a detergent, to thoroughly clean and counteract impurities; as a scrub, with its natural exfoliating particles to eliminate dead cells and purify the pores; or as a black mask to improve the brightness of the skin, combat the shine and make it softer.
If instead you are a ‘more traditional girl’ and fond of dear and good old detergents, try Pure ACTIVE Intensive Cleansing Gel Anti-blackheads: with a single gesture you can purify your pores morning and evening and reduce blackheads. You will feel that skin!
Activated charcoal: Other uses
There are those who use this remedy to eliminate toxins circulating in the body, always taking advantage of its porosity able to absorb heavy metals and other substances harmful to our body. In fact, this natural product is able to absorb toxins inside its surface (made of microscopic pores), so they are not metabolized but rather eliminated from our body. In addition, activated charcoal also has a disinfectant effect, incorporating bacteria as it passes through it: this is why it can also be used in the mouth, before toothpaste and toothbrush. Quiet, your black teeth will not remain!