Activated bamboo charcoal may just be that diamond ingredient that cleanses your pores and purifies your skin, helping you achieve a flawless complexion. Thinking of posting a pic on Instagram? You can say bye-bye to filters with this bad boy product!
Once bamboo has grown for more than 5 years, fragments of it are collected and heated at high enough temperatures to turn it into charcoal. This charcoal is then “activated” by grinding it into a powder and steaming it. The term “activated” simply means that the charcoal has undergone a process that doubles its surface area, and the greater the surface area, the faster the rate of adsorption.
Adsorption refers to the charcoal’s ability to attract toxins and chemicals to its surface. Since activated bamboo charcoal has high levels of adsorption, it draws out impurities such as dirt, bacteria, dust, oil, and poison chemicals on the skin’s surface to help remove them. Its natural ability to draw out dirt from deep within your pores adds to its environmental functionality and popularity in many skincare products.
In comparison to regular wood charcoal, bamboo charcoal is four times more porous and thus makes for a more effective product on your skin to keep it fresh and clean. If used regularly, activated bamboo charcoal will serve as a powerful tool to remove dirty toxins and oils from your pores while also peeling off dead skin cells. It balances oil production and moisture levels, helps to hydrate and soften the skin, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and cleanse the skin of bacteria and dirt. Though it is great for all skin types, it can especially help control the development of acne due to its antibacterial and antiviral cleansing properties.
By now, the benefits should be as clear as your skin will be! (aka very clear).
Written by: Adi Tzadok