Charcoal is the big beauty buzzword for 2017! It's no secret that activated charcoal is considered a powerhouse when it comes to adding a boost to your skincare regimen. So what is it and how does it benefit your skin?
Activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated to increase its absorbency. It can draw dirt and grime from deep within pores, clearing unwanted bacteria, chemicals, dirt and excess oils. The toxins stick to the activated charcoal like a magnet.
It has been proven to absorb thousands of times its own mass in harmful substances, which is why it's become such a popular ingredient in face masks, deep cleansers and detoxifying products.
When used in a cleanser or mask the activated charcoal pulls the unwanted excess oils from the skin, leaving it clear and smooth. Activated charcoal is all-natural and doesn't add chemicals to the skin when used, which means minimal chance of negative reactions and less risk of pores being clogged with a new ingredient that is meant to clean them. It is also great for breakouts, acne or skin that is in need of a pick me up to purify the skin.
Always a step ahead, Dermalogica launched "Charcoal Rescue Masque" last year, which is a fast-acting, easy-to-remove masque that rescues tired, lackluster or dull skin. Activated Binchotan Charcoal powerfully adsorbs impurities while Sulphur promotes cell turnover for dramatically brighter skin. I love it because you can feel it absorbing all the dirt and grime and it has fine grains so when you remove it, it polishes your skin to reveal deep cleansed, smooth skin.
The latest product launched in December is "Daily Superfoliant" which is part of the award winning AgeSmart range. This advanced powder activates upon contact with water, releasing powerful enzymes, skin- resurfacing alpha hydroxy acids and anti-pollution technology. Activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin, helping to absorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores while Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tea Fruit Extract help guard against the damaging effects of pollution.
Buy either Daily Superfoliant £45 (RRP £55) and/or Charcoal Rescue Masque £30 (RRP £38) and receive a FREE Detox Skinsolver facial (10 mins).