We got used to nice smelling soaps and gels in beautiful, colorful bottles. When I heard about charcoal first time, I wasn’t really enthusiastic. Black, not too good – looking (and smelling) soap bar, which I am suppose to clean my face and body with? Hmm… why is it worth it?
Charcoal – definition
‘Activated charcoal‘ is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or ‘pores’. These pores help activated charcoal trap chemicals.
Activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce intestinal gas (flatulence), lower cholesterol levels, prevent hangover, and treat bile flow problems (cholestasis) during pregnancy. Activated charcoal is good at trapping chemicals and prevents their absorption. Webmd.com
How can charcoal soap help your skin?
Clarify & detox
During the day our complexion gets dirty by environment around us. Dust, toxins & sebum causes our pores to be clogged. At the end of the day you may even see some black heads on your face, which obviously doesn’t look nice. Charcoal soap can help you to take the dirt out of your pores and make your skin feel and look clean & fresh. The antibacterial properties of charcoal can also help with various skin infections (red spots) or prevent them.
When your pores are cleansed, they are not visible. If you use charcoal soap regularly, you should notice significant difference. Your pores will become smaller and less visible!
Fighting with acne
Acne can be very bothering and annoying. Charcoal soap is really helpful if you have oily skin, prone to acne. It makes your skin clarified, producing less sebum (too much sebum causes clogged pores, infection and acne). Be careful: this soap may make your skin too dry when using too much, so what I recommend: wash only problematic areas using charcoal soap. This way will help you to dry just desired spots and make your acne less visible. Of course charcoal will not heal you from hormonal acne – you should know the root of your problem – but it may support your acne treatment in a very good way.
Face – beautify products with activated charcoal
There are many products available in the market containing charcoal. If you are gonna buy charcoal powder to make your own face mask, you should check if charcoal it is made from coconut shells or identified wood species that have ultra-fine grains. Remember – activated charcoal is NOT the same as barbecue charcoal, you’d better do not put this stuff on your face. 🙂 I recommend natural charcoal soap from Pacha Soap – available here or in Whole Foods Market. This soap contains also lemongrass and peppermint essential oils, which not only smell nice and are natural, but also prevent from dehydration of your skin. Another products which I do recommend are face masks with activated charcoal. They may be mixed with clay or some organic oils like this one available here. Before you buy it, spend some time to check the ingredients, some of those masks contains too much fragrances and additional, unnecessary ingredients causing allergies. Do not focus on beautiful smell, this mask is suppose to be the treatment. 15-30 minutes with charcoal on your face is not a tragedy, but may give you a really good results.
Have you tried charcoal? What do you think about it? Share a comment bellow!