I was asked recently, “What do you think of this charcoal trend? Does it really help?”
I’ve used masks and cleansers with charcoal, I remember my skin feeling soft-but other than that I hadn’t thought much about it. I was inspired learn more!
Charcoal is used medically to absorb toxins in cases of overdose and is sold for consumption in caplet form? It also whitens teeth and is used as a respritory filter in some gas masks and air filtration systems.
The charcoal used in beauty products is most likely derived from coconut shells.
The beneficial charcoal that absorbs impurities is “ACTIVATED”. This is done with industrial processing using steam or sometimes a chemical process is used.
Steam activated charcoal is produced in giant batches, after the charcoal is burned or charred, the char is “activated” with steam which removes impurities and as layers and layers of carbon are peeled off in the process gases enlarge the spaces inside the charcoal pores. TA DA! Manufacturers now have the carbon skeleton which becomes a sponge for impurities in the skin!
So, to answer the question:
I’m from the idea that with all the internal medical uses behind it; why wouldn’t it benefit your skin and hair when used topically? Charcoal products help remove toxins comprised of free-radicals that attack the integrity of your skin cells.
Removing toxins prevents skin degredation: preventing damage from environmental stressers or impurities we’ve ingested.
I say, BURN AWAY!