Activated carbon in skin care – how does it work?
Activated charcoal (activated or therapeutic) is an agent that has been known for years, but is recommended mainly for medicinal purposes, for example during diarrhea or drug poisoning. Lately it’s also made quite a buzz in the beauty care space and we can reach for shampoos, soaps, whitening toothpastes, or charcoal masks. How does it work on the skin and what problems does it help fight? Find out some information on this topic.
What is activated carbon?
Activated charcoal is a substance that is mainly produced from wood, coal or lignite, as well as from peat. Its widespread use in medicine is mainly due to its strong absorption properties and is usually recommended for digestive problems.
Not surprisingly, these properties are also used in beauty care. Especially now, when we are increasingly looking for natural and inexpensive raw materials that will help us take care of our teeth, skin and hair. Activated carbon works perfectly in this role, because, like a magnet, it attracts pollutants, toxins and microorganisms responsible for the formation of defects.
How does activated carbon work in skin care?
The advantage of activated carbon is its versatility, almost everyone can use it, regardless of skin type. Sometimes, charcoal can be especially helpful. This is the case of people with hypersecretion of sebum, that is, oily skin. This problem often goes hand in hand with the increased tendency to develop blemishes, such as blackheads, that look unsightly and are difficult to hide. In addition, activated carbon is an excellent aid in removing makeup residues. Girls who use a lot of cosmetics may have trouble washing them off, which is very important, especially before going to bed, so that the skin rests from any impurities at night and absorbs the beneficial substances contained in the cream or oil at night. Then the use of a facial cleanser with activated charcoal in the composition will be a good complement for removing make-up. Finally – carbon cosmetics work well in skin care for everyone who lives in big cities. Unfortunately, polluted air has a negative effect on the condition of tired, blemish-prone and gray skin. In other words, it needs a thorough and gentle cleaning.
Activated carbon – how is it used every day?
Activated charcoal is added to many preparations, such as soaps or cleansing masks. Cosmetics that can be used in different ways, such as Under20 Carbon Cleansing and Detoxifying Paste, which also contains burdock clay and kaolin, are also interesting in caring for young skin. You can use the paste as a facial cleanser or as a mask 2-3 times a week. The effects of this treatment are thorough cleansing, opening of pores, refreshing and soothing the skin, and reducing the appearance of acne lesions.
If the paste meets your expectations, maybe you’ll be tempted to try more cosmetics with charcoal or other natural ingredients?