Throughout history, people have used a raft of different materials to cleanse their skin. Things are no different today, as people reach for traditional and non-traditional materials alike in search of the magic ingredient for youthful, beautiful skin. Black soap, clay masks, and mud masks are all elements of modern-day cleansing rituals. It’s almost counter-intuitive to slather your face with dark, mud-like materials in order to purify it, yet many people swear by it.
Charcoal, in particular, has become very popular as a beauty ingredient. What used to heat up the grill now heats up the makeup counters as more women buy beauty products with activated charcoal as the main ingredient. Charcoal can be found in anything from teeth-whitening solutions to facial cleansers to masks.
Charcoal is an excellent ingredient in purifying and providing deep cleansing to the skin because it absorbs impurities more than 100 times its weight. Many facials incorporate crushed black charcoal, using it as a soft powder mask, with the belief that it can draw out toxins from deep within the skin. A typical 90-minute facial may include 15 minutes under a deep charcoal mask that can be applied to the face using a brush.
Using charcoal for facial care is no great leap. The medical community has long drawn on activated charcoal as a poison treatment as well as a remedy for nausea and GI tract infections. Charcoal may also be used in water filters and vacuum cleaner filters.
Sales of facial products with activated charcoal as the main ingredient have hit unprecedented levels. That’s the whimsical nature of the beauty industry:even lowly charcoal can take it by storm.