The secret to obtaining a flawless complexion includes masking at least once or twice a week. Whether it’s to treat acne, pores, or dull skin, masking always makes you feel something special. Make it through that mid-week slump by doing it on a Wednesday, and of course on Sunday to detox after a fun weekend. With so many masks out there, it may be hard to choose. But this holiday season, treat yourself to something that incorporates charcoal powder. It simply does it all.
The Origins of Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations and a variety of cultures. It’s great for both medicinal and aesthetic purposes. The black powder was traditionally used for holistic medicine in Asian cultures which date back to 1550 BC. In the 19th century, it was commonly known as an antidote for poison. It is no surprise that activated charcoal has been taking the beauty industry by storm. It has tons of detoxifying properties derived from its ability to extract impurities from the skin as if it were a magnet.
What is it?
Activated charcoal is typically derived from burning wood, coal, or bamboo in a sans-oxygen environment. Once burned, the char is collected and ready to be activated. It is heated to a high temperature where carbon atoms are peeled off layer by layer, creating a porous carbon skeleton. This allows activated charcoal to filter the various toxic impurities through the process of adsorption. This makes it perfect for extracting all the build-up that’s on top of and deeply rooted within our skin.
Why it’s Good for Your Skin
Activated charcoal can:
- Removes deeply-rooted toxins
- Exfoliates dead skin
- Effectively treats acne
- Unclogs pores
- Balances complexion
- Calms irritation
- Removes excess sebum
Give it a try and make your mask at home by adding one of the natural ingredients, making the perfect charcoal mask cocktail.
Yogurt: moisturizes, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and fights acne
Honey: cleanses, protects the skin, and heals scarring
Milk: shrinks pores, hydrates the skin, and removes dead skin cells
Apple Cider Vinegar: eliminates toxins, evens out complexion, and balances skin pH