Back in Black, carbon-based matter
Have you heard of using tomatos for a facial? What about stem cell serum or kale masks? Maybe, but not so much. Ok, now what about charcoal? It's everywhere! I was kind of annoyed with it’s popularity at first since it seems gross to me but it's not going away anytime soon. Facial masks, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothy tabs, cleansing sponges, I even found a cleanser that has charcoal and tomatoes. Lolz.
Alright, time for me to get down to the nitty gritty and see what all this buzz is about! Of course, I found out that this little particle is actually a really big helper in many ways besides just making our burgers taste great. It even saved my daughters life once, but I digress.
Activated charcoal is carbon, just like coal.
Yet it's produced from naturally carbon-rich materials such as bamboo, coconut or wood that has been super-heated and turned into a fine powder. Charcoal is not metabolized or absorbed by the body but when used it attaches to bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles. This effectively removes harmful toxins that would otherwise damage healthy cells.
Most of us put chemicals on our skin daily, even if it's just lotion or sunscreen. Although it's helping protect us from the outside, over time it can add up and have a negative impact on our skin. Don't forget your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs chemicals that go strait into your bloodstream.
While I don't believe Activated Charcoal is good for fighting acne, it's still a great skin protector that can do some preventive work on the surface of your skin before acne starts. It can shrink your pores while keeping them clean of buildup so that new break-outs don't start. Especially if you are like me and are constantly touching your face throughout the day. It can be very drying with it's super oil absorption powers, so be careful if you are prone to dry skin and use it sparingly. If you have really oily hair, you can add a little soap to your shampoo routine to balance out the oils and leave your hair squeaky clean. Just make sure you rinse properly.
So, once I started my research not a lot of arm twisting was had before I was convinced to make my own soap. The Charcoal Soap you will find in my shop can help take your skin care routine to the next level. Not only is it made with Activated Charcoal, it's combined with Tea Tree Essential Oil. This helps combat acne by killing bacteria that lives in hair follicles that lead to acne and inflammation.
Tea Tree oil is non-drying and beneficial to skin conditions like eczema. It’s even been shown in scientific research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2006 to be effective at fighting the super-bug MRSA, which is a strain of staph bacteria that is resistant to many common antibiotics. For this reason, it’s often used as a natural remedy to prevent infection in small wounds, blisters, and burns.
Another "super oil" I like to use in this soap is Tamanu Oil which assists with a wide range skin benefits including scars, age spots and stretch marks. Tamanu Oil comes from the nut of an evergreen tree in Southeast Asia. It contains calophyllolide (a substance known to possess anti-inflammatory properties) and delta-tocotrienol (a form of vitamin E), as well as a number of antioxidants. Generally it is very safe for your skin but if you have a nut allergy, please avoid using this on your skin.