September 3, 2013
And you thought it’s only for barbeques!
the domain of filters and air purifiers, charcoal has become an
essential ingredient in beauty products quite a lot these days. If you
think it’s weird, let us give you a brief history of it. Activated
charcoal has long been used in ERs and hospitals to treat poisoning. You
may have also heard of activated charcoal being used traditionally to
treat stomach upsets and intestinal gas.
A charcoal is
‘activated’ through heating it in high temperatures. This allows for a
larger surface area – the honeycombed structure – that then attracts
gas, toxins and whatever else it comes in contact with. Translate that
use to beauty and you get a wonderful product that pulls dirt and oil
from your pores effectively.
charcoal is trending right now does not mean all products work the same.
For charcoal products to produce results, it needs to attach itself to
the skin so that dirt and grime actually stick to it. This won’t work if
you’re using charcoal cleansers. Because it gets cleansed almost
immediately, the carbon will not have time to get to work effectively.
are great to savour charcoal’s effectiveness as they come in physical
contact with the skin long enough to bear results. Freeman Facial
Polishing Mask makes use of charcoal and black sugar that does double
duty. It exfoliates skin as well as draws impurities out when the
product is left to dry. Another to try is Origins Clear Improvement
Charcoal Mask that has won rave reviews among those with combination
skin, particularly those prone to blackheads.
charcoal products work in the same manner. They are made by burning
bamboo pieces at high temperatures and prized for thier ability to
absorb odour and reduce skin’s acidity. In shampoos, bamboo charcoal is
great to cleanse hair and scalp of dirt and pollution. It also improves
blood circulation for a healthier scalp.
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