Why You Need More Than The Average Charcoal Mask

Charcoal, to most people, is what you light in your grill at a BBQ. So it seems counter intuitive to think that its cousin, activated charcoal, has been relied upon since ancient times to cure and treat a wide array of medical conditions, and used both internally and topically. 

What exactly is activated charcoal? It’s what is created when charcoal is treated with oxygen at very high temperatures. This exposure makes it extremely porous and super absorbent, which makes activated charcoal work like a magnet, trapping toxins and chemicals without being absorbed by the body, and making it super useful in a variety of applications.

The variety of uses is varied. It’s been used as an emergency anti-poison treatment since the early 1800s because it can bind to a wide variety of drugs, reducing their effects. It's available in pill form because it’s thought to alleviate indigestion, heartburn, flatulence and morning sickness; fight bacterial and viral infections; and even cure hangovers.

It’s used for water filtration by removing contaminants and microorganisms without affecting the water’s pH or taste. 

Given what you now know about activated charcoal, it follows that it works in a skincare product in the same way, absorbing and removing impurities, toxins and oils and washing clean away when rinsed. Activated charcoal isn’t absorbed or metabolized by your skin and can absorb many multiple times its own mass. 

While activated charcoal in facial cleansers are amazing skin purifiers, they also tend to dry out the skin and can cause redness and sensitivity.

Enter Dual Charcoal Detox. A multitasking mask and cleanser, what separates Dual Charcoal Detox from other charcoal facial products is that it is formulated to also nourish, brighten and restore moisture. After two types of charcoal - Japanese Binchotan and activated charcoal - absorb impurities, a garden of fruit extracts help exfoliate; ginger extract brightens; and Jasmine and tamarine extracts soothe and rebalance skin.  

This gentle giant also incorporates hydrating and nourishing marine algae and an encapsulated (non-greasy) jojoba oil that melts on application and softens skin. Our complex and unique formula means it is safe for all skin types and gentle enough to use multiple times a week.

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