Charcoal isn’t just for the barbecue anymore. It turns out this substance is also great for taking care of your skin. Surprised? Most guys are. It might seem like skincare experts will put just about anything in their latest products. But don’t judge charcoal before investigating its benefits. Because it turns out that activated charcoal has properties that make it an ideal skincare ingredient.
So how does charcoal help remove skin impurities? And should you be using products that contain activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is porous and has a massive surface area. Unlike the charcoal briquettes you use to grill your steak, activated charcoal has been pumped full of oxygen. That makes it incredibly absorbent.
According to dermatologist Whitney Bowe, “Activated charcoal has little holes and pick things up like a sponge.” So - when used in a face wash - activated charcoal soaks up the dirt and other impurities on your skin.
In fact, charcoal can attract up to 100 times its own weight. So all that debris - like oil and dirt - on your face can simply be collected and washed away.
Guys have oiler, thicker skin than women. So you need stronger ingredients - like charcoal - to degrease and unclog your pores. Stronger doesn’t mean harsher. Charcoal is effective without the unfortunate side effects of over-drying or accelerating the aging process.
Benefits of Charcoal Face Wash
What’s the whole point of washing your face? To remove dirt, excess oil, and other blemish causing bacteria. Charcoal does all of that - but with an added bonus. Unlike the strong chemical detergents in most face washes, charcoal is natural and gentle on your skin. You get a powerful cleansing experience without having to worry about doing damage to your skin.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, a charcoal face wash is ideal. It won’t leave your skin overly dry or cause adverse reactions. You just get clean, clear skin. Choose a face wash that combines cleansing charcoal with hydrating oils, like olive oil. That way you get the best of both worlds - intense grime and oil removal plus refreshing hydration.
Using a charcoal face wash will also help with treating acne. Acne blemishes form when pores are clogged with dirt, oil, and bacteria. Since activated charcoal pulls all this debris out of the pores, you’re left with clean pores. That makes them appear smaller and reduces your risk of forming zits, pimples, and other unsightly acne.
Australian artist Ward Roberts is fascinated by the places people play. That’s why, over the last nine years, he’s travelled the world photographing urban sports grounds.
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