How Good is Bamboo Charcoal Powder for Skin?
Benefits of Bamboo Charcoal Powder for Skin
For a long time, bamboo charcoal has been popularly used in water purifiers, air purifiers, and to detoxify the soil for growing food. This is because activated bamboo charcoal has the properties to remove impurities and toxins. Quite recently, activated bamboo charcoal is also being used for many skincare products, especially face masks, soaps, cleansers, and face scrubs. But, what is activated bamboo charcoal, and How does it benefit the skin? Let us explore the detoxifying world of bamboo charcoal and its benefits for the skin.
What is Bamboo Charcoal?
The bamboo plant is harvested after a minimum of five years and then cut into pieces and burnt at a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. These burnt pieces are ground into a fine powder called bamboo charcoal powder. It is made with the bamboo stalk, known as bamboo culm. Bamboo charcoal has a very large surface area because it has tiny holes or pores in its stalk that increase the surface area of the bamboo.
What is Activated Bamboo Charcoal?
Activated bamboo charcoal or activated charcoal or activated carbon is obtained after the charcoal powder is injected with steam which further increases its surface area. The toxins and impurities removing properties of charcoal powder comes with the activation process. The activated charcoal is able to adsorb toxins, impurities, and micro-particles at a faster rate because it spreads to a larger area.
Why 'Adsorb' not 'Absorb'?
While 'absorb' is the property to soak up anything like a sponge soaks up water, 'adsorb' means to draw and stick to the surface. Activated charcoal adsorbs because it works like a magnet to draw out impurities, dust, toxins, and other micro-particles and these impurities stick to the charcoal on its surface in spite of getting absorbed. Activated charcoal tightly holds the substances to its surface.
Activated Bamboo Charcoal Powder for Skin
Because of its ability to draw out toxins, dirt, debris, and impurities from deep pores, bamboo charcoal has become a popular ingredient is also used in skin care lately. It helps the skin get rid of unwanted toxins, dirt, and other impurities. But using activated charcoal in skincare products is based on anecdotal evidence, not any scientific study, data, or research. This anecdotal evidence point out that activated charcoal in soaps, charcoal masks, face cleansers, and scrubs make the skin cleaner, softer, and rejuvenated. Let us point out the benefits of activated charcoal for skin.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal for Skin
There are many skin benefits of bamboo charcoal. The most important thing to note here is that bamboo charcoal is obtained from highly sustainable and natural bamboo plants and is more eco-friendly than wood charcoal. It is completely safe for the environment and there are hardly any side-effect of bamboo charcoal if used responsibly. On top of that, the bamboo plant, if harvested responsibly, can renew itself again without the need for any fertilizers.
Draws out Dirt and Impurities.
Activated charcoal has a super porous structure to adsorb toxins, impurities, dirt, and oil from deep pores. The millions of pores present in the activated charcoal trap harmful bacteria and other unwanted substances leaving the skin clean and rejuvenated.
Deep Cleans and Exfoliates.
With the ability to draw out dirt, pollution, and toxins, activated charcoal helps clean deep pores and also works as a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells.
Again, by helping the skin get rid of toxins, bacteria, impurities, pollution, and dirt from deep pores, charcoal helps skin fight acne. Activated charcoal, as a powerful skincare ingredient helps keep acne and pimples away without drying the skin and while improving the overall health of the skin. On top of it, it always makes pores appear smaller.
Balances Oil Secretion.
While in the process of cleaning deep pores of toxins, dirt, oil, and impurities, activated charcoal balances the oil secretion in the sebaceous glands. The oil gets produced in the sebaceous glands, gets released in the pores, and the overtime oil build-up leads to blackheads, pimples, and acne. Bamboo charcoal, in charcoal masks, cleans the deep pores and balances the oil secretion as and when used responsibly.
Antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of activated charcoal make it a suitable ingredient to use for medicinal purposes. It works as a perfect way to heal insect bites, wound treatment, adsorb wound odor, and treat infections and pain.
Works for Every Skin Type
Activated charcoal works for every skin type including normal skin, sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, and acne-prone skin.
Ansaligy's Bamboo Charcoal Mask
Ansaligy's face masks are hydrogel (hydro=water in gel) based making them a highly hydrating skin care product. The use of activated charcoal gives these face masks the property to draw toxins, impurities, dirt, and oil from deep pores in the skin. It helps keep the pores clean and makes them appear smaller. On top of that, this bamboo charcoal mask has red algae extract as one of the ingredients that helps to neutralize free radicals responsible for breaking of skin collagen leading to blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines, and saggy skin. These masks also have hyaluronic acid that helps to trap moisture and hydration in deep skin layers.
Ansaligy's Bamboo Charcoal Under-eye Patches
Get rid of puffed eyes, eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, and crow’s feet with Ansaligy's bamboo charcoal under-eye patches. Dark circles, also called Periorbital Hyperpigmentation, is the result of the accumulation of free radicals in the under-eyes with pollutions, Harmful UV rays, smoke, and aging. Bamboo charcoal helps to clear out deep pores and red algae works to fight free radicals, reducing the dark circles in the process. These patches help minimize signs of early aging and fatigue.
What to look for in an Activated Charcoal Mask?
While activated charcoal masks are great for oily skin, combination skin, and acne-prone skin because of their properties to draw out dirt, grime, oil, and toxins, they are also ideal for dry skin and normal skin. The only thing one should look out for when buying bamboo masks are its ingredients.
- For oily skin, you can go for face masks that have clay, lemons, green tea, or cucumber extracts. These ingredients are perfect agents to neutralize, absorb, and control the natural secretion of sebaceous oils. Cucumber also tightens the pores and makes them appear smaller.
- For dry skin, you can go for charcoal masks that also have hydrating ingredients like milk, honey, aloe vera gel, and essential oils. These ingredients leave your skin hydrated and moisturized while activated charcoal works to clean the pores.
- You can also look out for the ingredients mentioned on the charcoal mask if they are suited to your skin.
- Hyaluronic acid is one such ingredient that is suited and necessary for every skin type. Ansaligy's face masks and under-eye patches with bamboo charcoal have hyaluronic acid as one of the ingredients and hydrogel as the base, making these masks highly hydrating and moisturizing.
How Often should Charcoal Masks be Used?
Activated charcoal face masks benefit your skin when used responsibly. Because activated charcoal has exfoliating properties too, it shouldn't be used more than twice a week. 15 minutes of every time use if good enough to remove impurities, draw out dirt, toxins, and oil and leave the skin feeling clean and rejuvenated.
How to apply the charcoal mask?
Always cleanse and pat dry your face before applying any face mask.
- If you have a hydrogel or sheet mask. Carefully take out the mask from the packet and remove its protective film. Apply the mask on the face and smooth it out with a roller or using your hands. For oily, combination, normal, and acne-prone skin, use around 20-30 minutes. For dry and sensitive skin, use around 15 minutes. Take the mask off after the recommended time. If the face mask has serum, gently pat it on your face and discard the remaining part.
- If you have a cream or clay mask. Spread a thin and even layer on your face using a brush or your fingers. Let the mask dry for the recommended time and then, rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
After using the facial mask, you can go for your daily skin care routine excluding the toner. Why? Because you can use the toner before the charcoal mask and make the skin ready for absorbing its ingredients. Always apply a hydrating cream or moisturizer after the facial masks to leave your skin radiant and glowing.
Activated bamboo charcoal is one of the dark horses in the skincare race. Charcoal face masks have proven in real-life usage that they are highly capable to remove toxins, impurities, oil, and dirt from deep pores. They also work to remove dead skin cells while making your skin healthy, radiant, and acne-free. Start using charcoal face masks and under-eye patches weekly and get the acne-free and healthy skin you've always wanted.