Everyone seems to be using some sort of charcoal product these days, but why? Some of us may be familiar with activated charcoal as a way to treat poisoning, but what is it that charcoal is doing, and why are we now using it on our skin?
Charcoal isn’t just burnt wood; it's made when a substance, like wood or coconut shells, is heated in a vacuum at high temperatures. Because there is no air, the substance won’t actually burn. This process forces out all the excess moisture in the material and what’s left over is the charcoal.
“Activated” simply means that the charcoal goes through more refinement, so that the particle sizes are small, which in turn increases the surface area of the charcoal and its adsorptive properties.
This means that more chemicals and toxins will bind to the charcoal. It's also why activated charcoal is used in some emergency poison and drug situations, because the toxins attach to the charcoal, thus preventing them from entering the bloodstream.
Because activated charcoal is so good at removing toxins, it makes sense that we would want to use it on our skin! Applying charcoal products to our skin allows the charcoal to remove many of the harmful substances and oils we come in contact with on a daily basis. For handmade charcoal products that leave your skin smooth, glowing, and feeling great, check out our new Lavender Activated Charcoal Sugar Scrub and Lavender Activated Charcoal Soap! -N.S.