Here’s what you need to know about the active carbon taking over the beauty aisle.
– KEYS SOULCARE
When you think of charcoal, you might be ready to fire up your grill, but when it comes to skincare? Activated charcoal is the “it” ingredient across the health and beauty industry. With charcoal face masks, toothpastes, and even soft-serve ice creams on the menu, it’s hard not to get swooped into the charcoal craze—but why is activated charcoal garnering so much attention?
Read on to discover the benefits of activated charcoal and how you can enhance your ritual with this trending beauty fave.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a carbon agent formed from burning organic materials like bamboo, coconut shells or wood. Unlike its charcoal cousin, activated charcoal is burned at much higher temperatures and exposed to gas—creating a fine, black powder that is much more porous and absorbent than charcoal.
How does activated charcoal benefit the skin?
Despite the many theories about activated characoal’s benefits, there are three main reasons why activated charcoal has become a staple in everyday beauty routines:
1. Activated charcoal cleanses the skin.
Skin is exposed to many environmental pollutants that can build up throughout the day. Washing away these impurities is important to maintaining healthy-looking skin. Activated charcoal, when used as part of a daily skin cleansing routine, can aid in removing residue from the skin’s surface, keeping skin looking and feeling fresh.
2. Activated charcoal can up your radiance.
Washing away unwanted residue leftover on the skin’s surface can level up your natural glow. Using activated charcoal as part of your skin cleansing ritual can buff away dirt and dead skin cells, combating dullness to level up luminescence.
3. Activated charcoal is a barrier to breakouts.
While many factors can contribute to acne, washing away external contaminants will aid in managing breakouts. Activated charcoal’s cleansing powers can be used to remove the day’s grime—including sweat, makeup, and pollution—which can prevent breakouts.
Where to find it in Keys Soulcare?
You can put your best face forward with our daily Nourishing Cleansing Balm to wash away the day. (Just FYI, our balm is made with skin-purifying bamboo charcoal and moisturizing shea butter.)
If you’re looking to take things slow, layer on our signature Harmony Mask and meditate as it works some skin-soothing magic, alongside antioxidant-rich Manuka honey.
Don’t be afraid to let it all go with our Mind-Clearing Body Polish. This exfoliating body scrub will make skin silky-smooth and melt away stress so you can really let your light shine through.
How do you bring activated charcoal into your beauty ritual? Share your favorite routines in the comments!