Reasons to Add Charcoal to Your Beauty Routine

Air pollution, sweat, and residue from cosmetics can take their toll on your skin. Luckily activated charcoal has the ability to draw out impurities and that’s just what the skin needs.

Activated charcoal is not the same charcoal used to barbecue hamburgers because it is heated in a special way that helps with the absorption of liquids and toxins.

Medical grade activated charcoal is often used in hospitals serving as an emergency remedy for poisonings.

Activated charcoal has become a popular ingredient in beauty products because it is great for getting deep into the pores to draw out dirt and impurities.

There are numerous products available  ranging from drugstore cleansers from brands like Neutrogena, Clinique and Origins and even soaps for as little as $3.00 a bar.

There are mid-range cleansers and masks with activated charcoal from $25-$35.

There also is the ultra-luxurious mask made with the very rare Kishu Binchotan Charcoal which comes from a rare tree found in a remote region in Japan.

Tresor Rare’s Zumi Mask is $5000 making it the most expensive in the world boasting high performance skin detox.

When used once or twice weekly, depending on skin type, you’ll see improvement to skin texture and appearance pretty quickly when activated charcoal is used.

Here is a list of top skin benefits of activated charcoal.

Pores Appear Smaller

Perspiration can clog pores making them appear enlarged.
Activated charcoal helps pull out toxins and dirt from your pores to make them less visible.


Removes Oil

 Activated charcoal has many properties that help balance and soak up the oil from your face.
People with normal to dry skin should use products with charcoal once or twice a week to avoid drying out your skin.
People with oily skin can use a combination of activated charcoal soap or cleanser daily then a mask twice per week.

Exfoliates

In addition to extracting oil and dirt, it removes dead skin from the skins surface.
You get the deep clean plus the surface clean when you use activated charcoal, a face cleansing routine with activated charcoal is a great at-home option to achieve that deeper clean.

Calms Breakouts and Removes Acne Scars

Activated charcoal works to lighten acne scarring by lifting off the darkened dead skin.
It is also rich in anti-inflammatory properties, acne prone skin is soothed and future breakouts are prevented.
For those who want an at-home solution for acne, charcoal will help fade scars over time. It may take time -the key is to stick with it.

Anti-Aging

Exfoliating the skin and accomplishing a deeper clean helps to decrease wrinkles and skin rejuvenation occurs.
Women in their 30’s and 40’s who struggle with adult acne find activated charcoal helps with breakouts and overall skin texture and radiance.
Aging skin tends to be dryer so it’s important to use charcoal on the oilier areas of our skin as opposed to everywhere.



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