​One of the trendiest natural ingredients in skincare is a gritty, dark black powder. It’s not a secret ingredient… it’s charcoal.

Would you put it on your face?

Before you run out to your BBQ and grab a briquette, hang on while we explain!

People have been using charcoal for health and beauty for thousands of years. It’s been used as a medicine, and to filter air, soil, and water.

What is it?

Charcoal is carbon created as a result of burning wood, or another substance, and it has an amazing ability. It can adsorb.

Not absorb, which is the ability to take up something, but adsorb with a “d” – which is the ability to take up AND HOLD onto something. Materials that are adsorbed by the charcoal stick to the surface of the charcoal.

In skincare, the magic ingredient is activated bamboo charcoal, which is burned bamboo.

Because bamboo is more porous than wood, its charcoal is able to adsorb more than that of wood.

Activated bamboo charcoal, which is the trendy type of charcoal we’re talking about today, is charcoal with superpowers.

Activated charcoal has been injected with oxygen to make it even more porous.

While a single gram (roughly equal to the weight of one paper clip) of bamboo charcoal has as much as 717.6 square yards of surface area, a single gram of activated bamboo charcoal has more than 1,425 square yards of surface area.

…That’s more than SEVEN football fields of surface area from less than a teaspoon of activated bamboo charcoal. Think of all of the adsorbing that could happen on seven football fields!

So what does this have to do with skin care?

…and why do you want to put it on your face?

Activated bamboo charcoal has the power to bind small, pesky materials that get into your pores and cause buildup.

It works sort of like a magnet. It draws these substances to it and then keeps them there. So, using it in your skincare products, it pulls the impurities out of your pores and traps them on the charcoal keeping them there until you rinse it off of your skin.

Bye-Bye impurities! And dirt, and makeup, and sweat, and bacteria, and whatever else is hiding in your pores.

This is why we use it in our Remarkably Clean Purifying Face Cleanser. It’s not just about the adsorbing… Activated bamboo charcoal brings a lot of other benefits to the table.

For instance, deep cleaning the impurities from your pores helps to shrink them, and because they’re smaller, your skin will appear tighter.

Firmer skin? Yes, please!

Activated bamboo charcoal is also 100% natural, so you don’t need to worry about any harmful additives or chemicals being used to work this magic.

Nothing for your skin to react to? Bonus!

Who doesn’t want that?

Wait! There’s more…

​Activated bamboo charcoal is able to adsorb toxins, impurities, and free radicals, making it a really potent cleanser. Because activated bamboo charcoal also has anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, your skin will not just be cleaner, it will also be healthier.

This wonder powder also gently exfoliates the skin with a very fine grit, which can help rid your skin of any dead cells that can block pores. Removing dead cells brightens your skin and evens out your skin tone, too.

Activated bamboo charcoal can:

  • Gently exfoliate without stripping your natural oils.
  • Deep cleanse your pores.
  • Calm acne and remove blackheads.
  • Detoxify and purify your skin.
  • Shrink your pores because it’s eliminating the gunk inside of them, and tighten your skin because it’s shrinking the pores.

In Real Life

IRL, this means your skin will look younger, brighter, healthier, and firmer. Just because we decided to use activated bamboo charcoal in our facial cleanser.

Here’s to clean skin!

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