It was not until a few years ago when we read that Jennifer Aniston uses extinguished matches as natural eyeliner.
Today ... charcoal, or more correctly the black powder activated or charcoal. The processed form, is the new hot ingredient in beauty products, which detoxifies the skin both externally and internally. Within a short period of time, starting with the US, major brands have incorporated the substance in creams, facial cleansers, masks, sponges for the shower, and even toothbrushes.
The beauty bloggers, who want to be always ahead of time, now provide online courses on how to stretch the famous black mask on the face to combat oiliness and shine in Zero time. The first treatments have been applied to "sophisticated» SPAs, who are looking for natural ways to offer wellness. Eventually cosmetology can boast a new miraculous discovery?
Vegetable or activated carbon, carbon, carbon, charcoal ...
Whatever name you may find on the packaging of a product, one thing is certain: the black powder is the latest discovery of cosmetology. This plant coal comes mainly from coal, but also bamboo, wood, sawdust, all properly processed and enriched with oxygen.
The big trump? It has the capacity to fight oiliness and act against the main acne bacteria when applied as cream or mask on the face.
When pores sebum, is contacted with the activated carbon, bodies to it, and is then removed with water.
Yet the substance absorbs toxins when consumed orally to provide relief from gastrointestinal disorders (in capsule form circulating in pharmacies and doctor's instruction), but also it is used in water filtration.
The black powder is non-toxic, odourless and tasteless. Many advantages and no side effects!
Of course, if you travel back in time, we will see that the activated carbon properties have been known since the time of Hippocrates.
As noted, activated carbon has been used for several years, but the cosmetics industry decided to launch dynamic products based on this newly discovering new trend. Activated carbon can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in toxins. Suitable for use on oily skin and generally those with acne, while, according to beauticians dealing with cleaning the face, it helps shrink the dilated resources. However there are no clinical studies to date, demonstrating all the above. The data is typically empirically and from consumer testimonials and beauticians, without relying on any scientific research.
And in practice what is currently available? Is there any effective treatment with charcoal?
Dermatologists admit that charcoal works detoxifying and can be administered, in paste form, for the treatment of acne and inflammatory dermatoses, in combination with clay. The big advantage is, its lack of toxicity. Certainly dermatologists stress out, that major problems therapy such as acne can not rely on a product, and the extent and kind are different in each case. American dermatologist, Omar Torres, based in New York says that the action of products marketed is mild, so you may need more individualized treatment.
•Carbon by test
If you want to test the effect of activated carbon, you can apply the mask proposed by the Latin American Naturopathic Paulina Vargas:
Mix some charcoal powder with aloe gel, 2 drops of essential oil tea tree and rose water until you create a viscous mixture.
Then apply on face avoiding the eye area.
Leave the mask to act for 15’ to 30’ minutes until the mixture dries.
Clean your face with filtered water and then on dry skin, apply rose water and a little aloe gel.
Do not apply to open wounds, and if you have acne problem, first consult your dermatologist.
The black powder of active carbon intrudes
into the ingredients of the brand new skincare products.
Result? Detoxifies and renews the skin naturally.