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Just a few years ago, charcoal may have sounded like an unlikely addition to your beauty regime, but this powdery black ingredient has been doing wonders for radiant and fresh skin for generations.
Since ancient times, charcoal has been routinely used to treat wounds and skin irritations in Egypt, and has been one of the staple ingredients for cleansing in many Asian countries. In Japan, the procedure involved in getting this sooty component requires a great deal of attention and care, as skilled craftsman burn select shafts of wood from ubame oak trees, known to produce a white glow after being heat treated for lengthy periods of time. Once the wood is flash cooled, what remains is a clarified carbon that is very porous, acting as a magnet ideal for absorbing pollutants found in the air.
Now imagine this kind of wondrous action on your skin. This activated white charcoal, also called binchotan in Japanese, can now commonly be found in the form of masks and chic black bars of soap. Lather it up and find that its detoxifying properties will give you a deep clean that is both gentle and powerful. You’ll see that the charcoal has a slightly gritty texture as well, allowing for soothing exfoliation of the skin, leaving skin that looks brighter and feel more awake. Often blended with other natural elements such as bentonite clay, essential oils such as tea tree, and antioxidant-rich extracts like green tea, charcoal-based skincare is just one incredible and long-acknowledged way to restore and pamper your skin.