Is Activated Charcoal Really the Secret to Perfect Skin?


Is Activated Charcoal Really the Secret to Perfect Skin?

Until recently, the word “coal” probably made you think of summer cookouts, the mines of West Virginia or Santa’s naughty list. Enter activated charcoal, the beauty ingredient of the internet. It’s been added to cleansers, face masks, toothbrushes and even juices for its ability to absorb toxins and pollutants. But is it effective for the skin?

Activated charcoal, which is carbon that’s been treated to increase its absorbency, isn’t new. It’s been used in hospital emergency rooms for years to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. It works by attaching to toxins in the stomach and absorbing them before the bloodstream can. The theory behind including activated charcoal in beauty products is similar: It acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil; and, the experts say that theory holds water. When dirt and oil in your pores come in contact with the carbon, they stick to it and get washed away when you rinse.

When mixed with nutritive oils, Activated Charcoal literally melts into skin to whisk away even the most stubborn makeup smears and smudges. (Yes, mascara, we’re looking at you!)

Instagram touts its effectiveness with one strangely captivating blackhead reveal shot at a time. Users spread Activated Charcoal masks along their T-zones. Once it hardens, they slowly peel them away to reveal a dozen or so blackheads satisfyingly uprooted.

Sure, we all love a spa facial. But who really has time for one? Activated Charcoal can’t actually shrink your pores; but, it does render those pesky divots nearly invisible.

SavvyChic will roll out it’s Activated Charcoal line this summer.

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