It’s great for grilling, but did you know that activated charcoal is also awesome for your skin? More and more companies are adding activated charcoal to their beauty products to draw out blackheads and make your skin more luminescent.
But does it really work?
Actually, the science behind charcoal is very compelling. Charcoal has the remarkable ability to draw out impurities in the skin, as much as 200 times its weight. If you are looking for a product that will provide deep cleaning and will purify your skin then you may want to look for products that contain charcoal the next time you hit the beauty aisle.
Some upscale salons are charging upwards of $250 dollars for a charcoal facial, but you can find some great products on at your favorite store – and they don’t cost as much. Look for facials, masks, scrubs, and bars that contain charcoal. If they offer a slight exfoliation as well, that will only make your experience better.
Activated charcoal is the product of regular charcoal that has been infused with oxygen. You may be familiar with it from a medical standpoint. It is widely used to treat nausea, infections of the GI tract, and even to combat certain poisons when ingested. In fact, you can find charcoal, regular charcoal, in a wide variety of places including your vacuum cleaner and your water filtration system.
The million dollar question, though, is does it really work?
Well, there is not enough clinical data to say one way or another, but if you talk to those who actually use it you will usually get glowing reviews. There is no denying that your skin will be brighter, clearer, and feel absolutely amazing after using a charcoal mask, scrub, or beauty bar. You will notice a decrease in blackheads and your skin will glow.
While some people go with straight activated charcoal capsules and incorporate it into their existing beauty products, picking up a few products that already contain the ingredient will yield the same or very similar results. Plus, using the black powder from the capsules can make your face dark. Hmmm, we’ll stick with the stuff off the shelves, thank you. The charcoal in those products just clean and brighten so that your skin is gorgeous.
Have you used any products with activated charcoal as an ingredient? What was your experience?