The Superpowers of Vegetable Charcoal
Therefore, the main power that charcoal has comes from its ability to absorb toxins, gases and acids. For example, it’s capable of absorbing 100 times its volume in gas, making it a real ally to detoxing.
For years, vegetable charcoal has been recognised as an extremely effective natural remedy to bowel problems (bloating, heartburn and indigestion), but also to combatting kidney failure and cholesterol, which is perhaps less well known. These days, it’s cropping up in our bathrooms, and it's there to stay. A favourite with Ancient Greeks and Egyptians and still popular in Asian countries, activated charcoal is obtained from the cinders of coconut shells or wood that are then 'activated' in a steam-filled furnace. The wood/shells are heated to a high temperature in an oxygen-free environment. This produces a high concentration of pure (AKA activated) charcoal. This charcoal is porous, meaning it has a high absorption capacity.
Using Charcoal on Your Skin?
Thanks to its absorbent powers, vegetable charcoal has proved itself to be a real game changer when it comes to fighting all of these problems effectively. But how can you build it into your beauty routine?
In the world of beauty products, you will mostly find vegetable charcoal in masks. When combined with clay, for example, it helps absorb impurities, eliminate toxins, get rid of blackheads and illuminate your complexion. And, because it’s so effective, vegetable charcoal can also act as a light exfoliator, which is perfect for eliminating the dead skin on the surface of the epidermis. Your skin is soft, purified, fresh and radiant.
But the superpowers of vegetable charcoal don’t stop there. As well as purifying the skin, it also helps to preserve its hydrolipidic film, whilst avoiding the uncomfortable tugging sensation which you can sometimes feel after putting on a clay mask.
Finally, charcoal has antioxidant effects which help in the fight against the daily signs of tiredness that active women tend to experience and, over time, against skin ageing.
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A Charcoal Detox
Charcoal's an indisputable detoxifier. Its porous and cavity-filled structure traps toxins, gas and bacteria. Its absorbant properties means it sucks out toxins, purifies our skin and helps cells to regenerate. So you can kiss goodbye to blackheads and skin-dulling dead cells! It leaves skin squeaky clean and germ-free. The result? A clear, blemish-free, glowing complexion.
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