Here at From Earth, we’ve noticed that activated charcoal has gained popularity over the past few years. It seems as though this “jack of all trades” product is being used in everything from natural skin care, acne soap, and even teeth whitening paste. We at From Earth also carry a few products in our skin bar that contains activated charcoal. However, what is activated charcoal?
Activated Charcoals, What Are They?
Activated charcoal is a specific type of charcoal that has undergone processing to alter its surface area and make it more porous. To activate the charcoal, it is heated at an extreme temperature which in turn increases the overall surface area of the charcoal and changes its properties. The end result is a highly porous black powder with a negative electrical charge. The negative charge in activated charcoal is key in why it has so many benefits. It acts as a magnet, by pulling and attracting positively charged particles such as toxins or even certain gasses. Due to the fact that activated charcoal does not absorb into the body, it is able to release itself and any toxins via human waste or bodily fluids.
Normal Charcoal vs. Activated Charcoal
Normal or regular charcoal does differ from activated charcoal quite a bit. However, what exactly makes them different? Well, regular charcoal hasn’t undergone the extensive processing that activated charcoal has. In its rawest form, charcoal contains ash and it can’t be considered “activated.” Thus, it will not have the same magnetic pull on toxins that activated charcoal does.
Varieties of activated charcoal
- Activated wood charcoal
- Activated coconut charcoal
- Activated “coal” charcoal
Why Activated Coconut Charcoal is Used
Aside from its many applications in beauty and skin care products, activated coconut charcoal also has great medicinal properties. Due to its ability to remove toxins, activated charcoal is often used in hospitals in the event of a drug overdose or exposure to any poisons.
Many people prefer to use coconut shells as the substance in creating activated charcoal. Coconut shells are cleaner and are considered to be “food grade” quality which is ideal for use in natural skin care products, medicine, and even the increasingly popular teeth whitening powders in the market today.
Uses and Benefits of Activated Coconut Charcoal
Just like any other natural product that is taken from earth, activated coconut charcoal can be a great addition to almost any skin care product or health regimen. It works exceptionally well as an acne face mask due to its ability to pull dirt, oil, and toxins from the skin. In addition to its effectiveness as an acne face mask, it also works wonderfully when added to acne soap as well. If you’re in the market for a new deep cleansing mask, currently in our skin bar we have a charcoal face mask that is ideal for any individuals that may suffer from acne-prone skin.
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