Activated carbon

For radiant skin: why activated carbon is a rage in cosmetics

This new ingredient appears as the favorite to eliminate impurities, combat oiliness and fight against blackheads. International beauty brands have already positioned it as the key to many skin care products.

To the coconut oil and to the gold sheets, a new companion in beauty trends is added. The search for new benefits for skin care expands towards an unthinkable but novel ingredient. It is activated carbon, which conquers cosmetic brands for its detoxifying properties and is already a key component in facial masks, shampoos, whitening toothpaste and cleansers for the face.

Activated carbon

The coal used in these products is obtained from a process of combustion of wood or coconut husks. Before being added to beauty formulas, it goes through an oxidation process that enhances its ability to extract toxins to its surface and increases its porosity. That is why it is said that coal is activated. This allows that with its application, it works as a powerful eliminator of impurities and bacteria.

It is ideal for oily, combination and acne skins since it absorbs oiliness more than any other component and controls the production of fat. For this reason, the phenomenon of this element in cosmetics began with the purifying facial masks that eliminate black spots and other impurities from the pores. But it is also incorporated into formulas for shampoos, fighting the oiliness of the scalp. Keep reading

This use is added to the traditional treatment with charcoal tablets to treat gastrointestinal problems, ingested orally. It can even be added to detox juices to cleanse the body. In addition, it serves to whiten teeth using dentifrices made especially with this component, as well as using it in a homemade way.

Activated carbon

D.I.Y. to use it in your home

If your thing is “do it yourself”,  then write down these tips to start using activated carbon.

  • To make a mask like the famous “Black Mask”, which removes the black spots from the root, then you can use one or two charcoal tablets, which are sold in the pharmacy, step on it well until it is powdered and mix it in a container with non-toxic school plastic (the one that is white). Before applying it with a brush on the face, it is advisable to make steam baths so that the pores open well and the mask works better. To apply it you must take care not to put on the lips or in the area of the eyes (lower and upper eyelids, as well as eyebrows). Then, wait for it to dry thoroughly before removing from the edges, gently and patiently. Finally, wash the face to clean surplus, dried very well and apply a moisturizing cream.
  • If you have oily hair, you can step on a charcoal pill to make it powder and then apply it in your usual shampoo to wash your hair. It is advisable to do it once a week to control the oiliness.
  • To whiten your teeth, chew a piece of charcoal from time to time so your teeth are shiny.

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