Craze for Charcoal

Posted by Gianna Alexandre on

Here, with Xandre Lifestyle, our goal is to keep you educated on the products that you put on in, on and around your body. So, today, we’re going into detail on the key ingredient we use in our amazing Charcoal Scrub and Charcoal-Latte face masks… ding, ding, ding!! We’re talking about C H A R C O A L!

 

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So charcoal… that black powdery stuff, they say its good to whiten  teeth… but what else does it do? What even is it?? Where does it come from? Why should you use it on your skin? Why are people actually making latte’s with it? Is it even good for you? Let’s talk about it.

What is charcoal?

Well to start, there are different types of charcoal. For example, there’s the kind your dad uses to grill food on holidays, that’s definitely not the stuff you want to put on your skin. In the health and beauty world, we use activated charcoal. Activated charcoal, also called carbon, is an organic compound that comes from bamboo or coconut by the process of physical activation, which creates the powdery black substance we know.

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Activated charcoal works in a way of “adsorption” which means it binds to other substances on its surface.  To create a visual, imagine activated charcoal is a vacuum
cleaner. When you pass the vacuum over the floor, it picks up the dirt from the ground underneath. When charcoal is applied to the skin, it works the same way by pulling out microparticles like dirt, toxins, and bacteria. This is why its such a great ingredient to add in cleansers, scrubs and masks. Easily, charcoal helps to clean pores, reduce blackheads, pimples and overall help you achieve a flawless complexion.
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Aside from skincare, charcoal has become a popular ingredient in other cosmetics like hair care, deodorant and even toothpaste. With it’s growing popularity, it is important to be careful how you use activated charcoal. Don’t be mistaken, it has its benefits, but overuse or improper use can be harmful. 

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You’ve probably seen the new craze of actual charcoal lattes or charcoal flavored  ice cream, and of course, they look cool, very instagrammable,  but definitely something to be weary of. As mentioned, charcoal works as a vacuum so when ingested through food or drink products, it will help get rid of toxins but could also interfere with prescription medicines or the good nutrients we get from food.  So kinda like if you accidentally vacuumed up one of your airpods off the floor, we don’t want that to happen.

 How do you feel about adding a mix of charcoal into your skincare routine? 


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