There are always a bunch of buzzwords thrown around when it comes to skincare, so we’re here to break down one in particular: activated charcoal. What the heck is this ingredient, why is it so freakin’ awesome, and why should you care that it’s in your son’s products?
So, let’s dive into what exactly activated charcoal is. First of all, no, you can’t just scoop up the charcoals from your backyard barbecue and use that in a skincare regimen. Activated charcoal is pure carbon that has been heated to extremely high temperatures to create a super fine powder with millions of pores and a massive surface area.
From our charcoal deodorant to charcoal face scrub and even charcoal soap, we can’t get enough of activated charcoal and love using this incredible natural ingredient in our products. And for a good reason! Although it may seem like activated charcoal is extremely trendy nowadays (it’s even in toothpaste!), it’s actually an ancient remedy that’s been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used it to help intestinal ailments, and in the 1800s, it was used to cover up fetid ulcers (gross!). So needless to say, activated charcoal has been around the block for a while now. In the 21st century, it’s still being used for medicinal purposes, in dialysis machines, in air filters, and a ton of other ways, but it’s also known for its beauty benefits.
Here’s how activated charcoal works. The key term is absorption, which happens when molecules adhere to the surface of something else. The countless tiny pores of activated charcoal make it incredibly absorbent of other particles, binding to its surface instead of skin. Here’s more science. Activated charcoal has a negative charge. That means it attracts metals and other toxins which are positively charged.
This is why it’s dope AF. And why we use activated charcoal in our products. It’s a proven, natural ingredient that’s been used for centuries. So, you don’t have to worry about what’s going onto your son’s skin. It absorbs without drying out the skin, unlike salicylic acid and other harsh chemicals found in acne products. And, because it acts like a magnet, it pulls out the nasty junk that lives in armpits or on faces, leaving skin cleaner naturally. When used as a face scrub, this means your son has a clean face with less acne (which is caused by bacteria and clogged pores). Combine a charcoal soap with a natural deodorant to reduce the toxins and bacteria in his armpits that cause the stank.
Your son may not care about why activated charcoal is so amazing, but you can rest easy knowing this superpowered natural ingredient is making his skin and body clean and healthy! And that is pretty darn awesome.