Activated charcoal may seem like a really strange ingredient to find in your skincare products, but after you learn about its incredible benefits for the skin, you’ll be scrambling to get your hands on it!
You may be wondering, if activated charcoal is so good for my skin, why am I only hearing about it now?
That’s a great question! Before, activated charcoal was mainly used in medicine as a powerful way to combat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses due to its ability to attract “bad toxins” from the body and expel them.
In recent years, the beauty industry started paying attention to the potential benefits of activated charcoal for the skin.
And while some ingredients in skincare come along as just another “fad” or beauty obsession, we believe charcoal is finally gaining the notoriety it so rightly deserves!
If you’d like to know more about how this powerful ingredient can help to keep your skin clear and healthy, this article is for you.
What is activated charcoal?
Before you grab a few chunks of charcoal from your bag you use for barbecuing, you may want to keep on reading.
Activated charcoal may have started out as the regular charcoal you are familiar with, but by the time it finds its way into your skincare products, it’s very different.
Regular charcoal is heated with a gas to make it more porous. This allows toxins to bind to it and it is now known as activated charcoal. Activated charcoal also undergoes a thorough cleaning process to ensure it’s clean and safe to use on your skin so you may want to put those charcoal chunks down right about now…
It’s also good to note, the only major difference between the terms “charcoal” and “activated charcoal” is that activated charcoal is made for medicinal use only.
How can activated charcoal help my skin?
Be prepared to be blown away, because did you know that like hyaluronic acid which retains 10x its (molecular) weight in moisture, activated charcoal too has the ability to absorb 1000x its weight in toxins?
This makes it incredibly popular for people struggling with oily or problem skin conditions.
Because of its high absorption and antibacterial properties, activated charcoal provides a deep down cleanse, clears out the pores, removes dirt and toxins, and helps to balance sebum levels.
Activated charcoal also helps to boost blood circulation helping to promote the formation of collagen for healthier, firmer skin with an instant radiant glow!
Where can I find activated charcoal skincare?
While there are many products containing activated charcoal these days, you always want to be sure you check the label to ensure there are no harmful ingredients lurking alongside it.
We offer all natural activated charcoal options here at Nezza!
Our Activated Charcoal Bar includes skin cleansing and purifying bentonite clay along with cypress and lavender essential oils to soothe and calm the skin.
We also carry a Purity Facial Cleanser, which includes anti-bacterial tea tree and soothing lavender for a real skin treat.
Bonus: Activated Charcoal Powder Face Mask Recipe
Using our Activated Charcoal Powder, you can make your own face mask right at home!
- Put 1 tsp of Nezza Naturals Activated Charcoal Powder in a bowl, slowly adding a few drops of water until you create a paste.
- Using clean fingers, or a facial brush, apply liberally to your face, avoiding the eyes and nostrils.
- Dry for 5 – 10 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water.