There’s a real buzz surrounding activated charcoal in the beauty industry right now.
Although it might not be something you’re familiar with, it’s actually been used medicinally for thousands of years.
A fine odourless and tasteless powder, activated charcoal is created when regular carbon is heated in the presence of gas.
Exposure to a very high temperature causes ‘pores’ to open up in the structure of its surface, allowing the absorption of other chemicals, toxins and gases.
While it’s traditionally been used to treat insect bites at home and alcohol poisoning in hospitals, activated charcoal has a number of other uses today.
It’s said that a touch of the stuff on your tooth brush can help cleanse your teeth of pesky red wine, tea and coffee stains.
Don’t fancy making a DIY paste? The Charcoal Toothbrush for £5.36 from Schoolhouse may take you a step closer to pearly whites.
It’s been suggested that activated charcoal can work wonders for your skin too.
‘Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help purify and deep-clean skin,’ says Wendy Brooks, director of global product development at Orgins.
So the next time you suffer from an unwanted dull congested skin, scour the shops for a face wash, mask or scrub containing this wonder ingredient.
Sanctuary Warming Detox Charcoal Wash, £9 innovative thermal formula warms up your complexion in a matter of seconds, opening pores and lifting away impurities. The heated sensation combined with the indulgent oil texture is addictively comforting. What’s more if you pop one in your basket before 29th February, the full £9 will be donated to Wellbeing For Women to fund a womb cancer research project.
Once your skin is squeaky clean your next stop is a mask. Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask, £23, works by drawing out any excess impurities and oil to leave skin feeling nourished, cleansed and silky-soft.
Konjac Co’s Facial Puff Sponge Bamboo Charcoal, £7.99, will also help dislodge dirt, oil and blackheads by gently exfoliating your features.
But the beauty benefits of Charcoal don’t end at sparkling teeth and super soft skin. It also hold the secret to gorgeously glossy locks.
Use Apotheke’s Charcoal Shampoo, £16.60, in place of your regular hair cleanser a twice a week to to veil your layers in healthy shine and rid them of excess oils.