For most of my life, I only associated charcoal with grilling meats on a hot summer day. As I began researching for natural ingredients to add to my handmade soap recipes, I found out a whole lot more about this amazing, versatile compound that offers wonderful benefits for the skin.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Natural materials such as wood, regular charcoal, peat, or coconut shells are burned to produce the activated charcoal used in bath and body care products. To make activated carbon, the raw material is burned at a very high temperature. By controlled oxidation and/or steam treatment, all the oxygen is removed from the raw material. The charcoal expands during this process, generating a porous surface that traps pollutants. The process "activates" the charcoal and improves its natural absorption capacity. This makes activated charcoal so effective and beneficial to the human body.
Is activated charcoal soap good for the skin?
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and therefore a very vital organ. If you have problematic skin, regular use of charcoal cosmetics can help. It is effective in treating oily skin, acne, cleansing pores, and removing unwanted sebum from the face and body (ideal for oily skin). Activated charcoal, as an antioxidant, is an excellent choice for cosmetic use.
Most people worry about activated charcoal drying out their skin; however, there is no need to worry. While it removes excess sebum from oily skin, it also hydrates and nourishes dry skin. It can be used daily on your face and body. We recommend use in the morning and evening with water that is as soft as possible (you don't always choose ...) and at body temperature. Water that is too cold or hot can dry out the skin.
The easiest way to reap the benefits of this fascinating compound is to use bar soaps made with activated charcoal. It’s fast and leaves far less of a mess in your bathroom. Charcoal soap is suitable for all skin types and can be used from head to toe. Due to its porous nature and oxygenating properties, there is no need to worry about the soap staining your wash clothes and towels.
What are the benefits of activated charcoal in soap?
1. It is great for oily skin.
If you suffer from oily skin, activated charcoal soap can help to balance skin. Activated charcoal soap can remove excess oil from your skin as well as the dirt on it. This gives you a smooth and matte look. In addition, it effectively removes unwanted shine from the face and body
2. It detoxifies the skin.
Activated charcoal soap also removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin clean and perfect. Toxins bind to the activated carbon, which clears the pores of the pollutants that cause blackheads. It also detoxifies the skin by absorbing impurities, deep detritus, and environmental contaminants. Your skin should be smooth, and your pores should be visibly refined after using it.
3. It helps control acne.
Activated charcoal may be beneficial depending on the specifics of your acne, its severity, causes, and other variables. Activated charcoal soap is well-known for its effectiveness in the treatment of acne. As a result, the soap clears the acne. It can even be used to remove acne scars on the face. Pairing activated charcoal soap with tea tree essential oil adds natural antifungal and antibacterial that may be beneficial to the skin.
4. It Reduces Pore Size.
Throughout the day, dirt and toxins settle on your pores, making them more visible and larger. When your pores aren't healthy, neither is your skin tone. Charcoal soap is the best solution to this problem because it adsorbs of toxins and removes pollutants and fat from the surface of the skin and beneath it, making pores less noticeable and reducing their size.
5. It Gently Exfoliates Skin.
Activated charcoal soap has a fine, grainy texture that provides gentle exfoliation. It aids in the removal of dead skin cells while its antimicrobial properties help prevent skin infections. In order to enhance the bactericidal properties of our handmade activated charcoal soap, we added essential oils of tea tree, lavender, and rosemary, which have antibacterial and antiseptic properties that treat skin problems and help heal wounds.
Activated black charcoal: for what type of skin?
Oily skin and combination skin:
For combination or oily skin, charcoal is a must-have. It aids in the prevention of clogged pores and the growth of bacteria caused by excess sebum. Because of its high adsorption capacity, sebum will be able to " wipe " and cleanse the pores in depth, removing toxins that attack the skin on a daily basis.
Charcoal is a natural ingredient that traps toxins and destroys bacteria. It has absorbent qualities which detoxifies and regenerate skin. It is strongly recommended for skin prone to acne and small pimples.
Skin Exposed to Environmental Toxins:
Smokers and people with an urban lifestyle are also recommended to use cosmetics based on activated charcoal. This natural ingredient will allow you to perform a deep cleansing of the skin and get rid of toxins that attack your skin.
Known and recognized for its power of absorption, one might think that charcoal is not recommended for dry and sensitive skin. Subject to discomfort and tightness, these skin types more often turn to a treatment that will moisturize the skin. Just as they shy away from clays, known for its "blotting" effect, charcoal can be classified in the same category. Charcoal, on the other hand, detoxifies the skin without breaking or modifying the hydrolipidic film that protects the skin and functions as a barrier against irritation and tightness. As a result, charcoal is a valuable ally in the fight against dry skin.
Activated charcoal is good for maturing skin thanks to its antioxidant properties. Charcoal works by forming a barrier to free radicals. It allows the skin to detoxify and regenerate itself naturally. Charcoal is a great natural ingredient that helps reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles naturally.
Does charcoal soap remove dark spots?
Although charcoal soap is great for exfoliating the skin and encouraging new skin cell growth, it does not lighten the skin. Its active ingredients help to reduce pigment spots (acne, scars, sunspots) and even the skin tone, but it does not “bleach” or “whiten” the skin.
Activated Charcoal is a Great Addition to your Skincare Routine.
While it removes excess sebum from oily skin, it also hydrates and nourishes dry skin. The easiest way to reap the benefits of this compound is to use bar soaps made with activated charcoal soap.
Your wardrobe isn't the only thing that needs to change when the Spring season arrives. Your skin care routine also needs to change to accommodate to the new season. Spring is an essential time to prepare your body for the hot summer season. With the increase in sunshine, our skin becomes susceptible to UV sun damage, which can lead to sunspots, premature ageing, and sun burns. Depending on where you reside in the world, hot, humid conditions can dehydrate your skin and cause heat rashes and red spots..
Now is the perfect time to prepare your skin for upcoming summer season. Here are 5 easy tips to add to your Spring Skincare Routine.
Tip # 1: Eat More Veggies in during the Springtime
Glowing skin is connected to your diet. Spring is the ideal season to detoxify and eliminate the bad fats we consumed during the cold winter season from those heavy holiday meals and fatty desserts.
The main purpose of the skin is to protect our internal organs and to eliminate the toxins contained within the body. With the modern diet, it saturates our bodies with toxins, and this contributes to many skin problems such as eczema or acne, dull skin, and a decrease in the effectiveness of the immune system.
When it comes to nutrition , there is a consensus that supports eating seasonal, locally grown produce and meat products. Spring provides us with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibers essential to detoxifying our bodies from the heavy food and alcohol consumed during the winter. Try adding a robust, colorful salad to your daily menu. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables and don't shy away from the essential fatty acids you will find in large quantities in nuts (macadamia, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds), vegetable oils (olive, canola, flaxseed), and fatty fish (salmon and sardines). Always remember, you are what you eat!
Tip # 2: Exfoliate with Natural Products!
Springtime is an optimal time to exfoliate your skin. It removes dry, dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. If these dead skin cells are not removed at least once a month, they clog the pores and contribute to the formation of acne pimples, and blackheads. Exfoliation is ideal for removing pigmented cells and activates new cell growth, making the skin visibly brighter, smoother, and more toned.
Natural exfoliants, such as clays, salts, sugars, herbs, and powders polishes and cleanses the skin. Clays are multifunctional minerals. They stimulate the body’s immune defenses and regenerates cells. Clays are composed of trace minerals and elements, such as copper, manganese, aluminum, and iron that feed our skin cells from within.
The most common clays are:
Clays are typically combined with water or tea to form a paste and applied to the face and body. Although this method is the most common, it comes with a little preparation and clean up. The easiest way to reap the benefits of this gentle exfoliant is to cleanse your skin weekly with a natural soap bar made with clays. Kali’s Creations Coal & Clay Soap Bar combines rhassoul clay with activated charcoal to gently exfoliate and detoxify the skin without stripping of its moisture. It is great for all skin types and is great to use in while shaving..
Tip # 3: Remain Hydrated to Relieve Dry Skin and Reduce Oily Skin
Staying hydrated is essential for cleansing the body from within. Not only do we tend to drink less water during the winter, but we also tend to drink tea, coffee, and hot chocolate to keep us warm and toasty. Drinking more water and using more water-based skincare products during Springtime helps prevent dehydration and reduce the overproduction of oil, or sebum, during the summertime.
When the air gets hot and humid, your skin needs a light, water-based moisturizer that provides a stronger hydrolipid barrier. It reduces water loss from the outer layer of the skin and hydrates the skin at the same time. Consider protecting your skin with a light-weight lotion or serum to seal in moisture from your shower.
4. Sunscreen is Important during the Winter Season
The Spring season is no excuse to skip using your SPF sunscreen. Although the chances of getting sunburned during the Spring is not as likely to happen as during the summer, that doesn’t make the sunshine less harmful on your skin. Ultra-violet rays are present all year round, and even on a cloudy day, those harmful rays are still present. Applying a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face is essential in the Spring to reduce premature aging of your skin.
Fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids act as natural sunscreen for the skin. Carotenoids are natural pigments that promotes the production of melanin, or pigmented skin cells. They are also powerful antioxidants that protect our skin from free radical damage.
Tip # 5: Relieve Dry Skin with Natural Skincare Products.
Most skincare products currently available on the market are made from detergents, synthetic oils, petroleum, and sulfates that are very similar to cleaning products. They tend to be harsh on the skin and can develop into a worse condition, such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Switching to products made with ingredients that are found in nature, relieves dry skin, and leaves it soft, moisturized, and plump.
Spring marks a turning point in your daily beauty routine. Thick creams and lotions will most likely clog your pores and cause you to sweat. Body washes and gels are made with surfactants that are like those found in dish washing detergent. They tend to strip your skin of its natural moisture. Using a soap bar made with natural oils, butters, and essential oils gently cleanses your skin and replenishes it with moisture. Your skin will not feel as tight and stripped after using a natural bar of soap.
Finally, seal in the moisture by applying a light-weight moisturizer to the skin. Products rich in skin-loving butters such as mango, shea, and cocoa, are packed with phytonutrients that nourishes and moisturizes the skin.
The Secret to Youthful Summer Skin is to Pamper your Skin during Spring Season!
Spring is a wonderful time to prepare your skin for the upcoming summer season. It’s also a time when your skin is more receptive to the care you provide. So, take advantage of this season to give your skin the best care it deserves. Your skin will be thankful during summer season