Activated charcoal is quite the latest beauty trend! Some claim it just may be the secret to beautiful skin.
My first question was, is this safe? With a newborn and my own health issues, the last thing I wanted to do was slather toxins all over my face or get a chemical burn. So I researched it and was pleasantly surprised to find out that activated charcoal isn’t toxic at all, but rather it has powerful detoxification properties.
According to this article, activated charcoal is a powerful and effective decontaminant, and has even been used medicinally to absorb poisonous chemicals:
- Activated charcoal is estimated to reduce absorption of poisonous substances nearly to 60%.
- It works by binding (adsorbing) chemicals, thus reducing their toxicity (poisonous nature), through the entire length of the stomach and small and large intestines (GI tract).
- Activated charcoal itself is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.
My personal experience: this stuff actually works!
How? Activated charcoal acts like a magnet to dirt and oil, drawing impurities out of the pores and rinsing them away with water. I started my experiment with Beautycounter’s Charcoal Cleansing Bar. I chose this company because of their high-performing and safe products, free of over 1500 toxic chemicals currently permitted for use in the U.S. beauty industry. I never have to worry about carcinogens or hormone disrupting ingredients with this company. For the Skin Deep lovers out there, you’ll be happy to know Beautycounter’s Charcoal Cleansing Bar is EWG verified with a 1 rating! (For more on Beautycounter, check out my post Intro to Beautycounter).
With just my first use, my skin felt really clean, softer, and my pores were visibly smaller.
Beautycounter describes the Charcoal Cleansing Bar by stating:
Our Charcoal Cleansing Bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. Made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.
I had never before experienced a cleanser that could provide a deep clean and hydrate.
Cleansing products that I had previously tried either dried out my skin or made it oily. My combination, redness-prone skin is becoming more balanced and clear over time as I continue to use the charcoal bar. Definitely recommend it. Get yours here!