Everything that you need to know about activated bamboo charcoal
This earthy element is the secret to healthy skin
Island people love to do things that seem counterintuitive. If you drank too much alcohol and are now drunk, our remedy is to drink some more. Feeling beat up by the heat of the island sun? Eat hot soup because it cools you down (side note: I can attest that this somehow works). An islander's way of doing things can seem oxymoronic until you learn about this powerful skincare ingredient that seems straight out of our book of tricks! Yes, I’m talking about activated bamboo charcoal.
Charcoal skincare has been a thing for quite some time now and with good reason. In case you ever wondered where charcoal comes from, it’s a “black carbon residue produced by strongly heating wood so as to drive off all water and other volatile constituents.” You may also produce charcoal, in the same manner, using animal and plant materials. In other words, it’s down to earth. Now that we got that little… geology (or is it chemistry?) lesson out of the way, let’s get back to why you’re here - charcoal skincare.
Bamboo charcoal comes from a part of the bamboo plant that you harvest for five years. It’s a natural skincare ingredient that doesn't add extra chemicals to your polluted skin. If you think that adding dirt to remove dirt from your skin is ridiculous, these benefits may change your view! Activated bamboo charcoal helps to:
- Draw out poisonous chemicals
- Remove dirt and debris
- Clear blemishes over time
The results of using activated bamboo charcoal are clean, clear, and glowing skin.
There are many products on the market that boast of activated bamboo charcoal, but we have to admit that Masktini’s Twilight Zone Tahitian Detox Mask is our favorite! Maybe we're biased, but it’s one of our favorite face masks. If you’ve never seen this skincare product up-close, shame, but that’s where it gets its black/grey-ish color from. The blend of activated bamboo charcoal and Tahitian pearl draw out impurities and exfoliate the skin. Now that we got the shameless plug out of the way, keep reading to learn:
3 Benefits of Using Activated Bamboo Charcoal Face Masks
1. It reduces the size of your pores
Apart from acne, enlarged pores are one of the biggest skin issues. Don’t you hate that?! Well, one of the reasons your pores become larger is because they’re filled with dirt and oil. If you don’t cleanse and exfoliate your skin often, it becomes congested. Congested skin is dull and rough-looking in appearance. That’s not cute! Use an activated bamboo charcoal face mask at least 2-3 times a week to help keep your skin clean and pores small.
2. Your acne becomes more manageable
Speaking of oil and dirt, these two monsters are at the root of a lot of your acne breakouts! Not only will an activated bamboo charcoal face mask reduce the size of your pores, but it’ll target pesky acne. It’s a win-win, really. By the way, an activated bamboo charcoal face mask should not be the only solution you use to treat acne.
3. Treats skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis
If you have sensitive skin and suffer from common skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, then you need to consider activated bamboo charcoal. A lot of flare-ups happen as a result of dirt and grime irritating the skin. Activated bamboo charcoal binds to those toxins and removes them altogether.
All in all, we love skincare products that contain natural ingredients. And activated bamboo charcoal is no different. The next time you feel for a deep clean, try a face mask that hates dirt as much as you do. Leave a comment below to let us know about your experiences with activated bamboo charcoal skincare products! We can’t wait to hear from you.