Draw Away Dirt with an Activated Charcoal Face Wash

“Activated charcoal” or “activated carbon” has become a bit of a buzzword in the natural health scene for everything from digestive complaints to water filtration, but what is the role of a charcoal face wash bar in skin care? Learn how activated charcoal is produced and what an activated charcoal face wash can do for you!

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What Is Activated Charcoal?

What Is Charcoal?

Let’s begin with the “charcoal” part of “activated charcoal.” Charcoal is a biofuel, created as a result of slowly heating carbon-based materials—usually wood—producing what looks like solid clumps of black ash. Throughout history, and still today, charcoal has been an essential source of heat for cooking and keeping warm.

If you’re curious, charcoal is different from coal in that coal is a nonrenewable carbon-based mineral that usually takes millions of years to form and must be mined, whereas charcoal is a renewable plant-based or animal-based material that can be factory-produced or handmade in minutes.

While both substances emit greenhouse gases when you burn them, charcoal is not as bad as coal for global warming purposes because it usually comes from young-growth, managed forests that cycle carbon into and out of the atmosphere as the trees grow, are harvested, and then grow again.

Coal, in contrast, comes from underground sources where carbon has been trapped for millions of years, which means that burning coal adds to our net long-term carbon dioxide emissions in a way that biofuels like charcoal don’t.

What Does “Active” Mean?

To “activate” charcoal, it is exposed to high temperatures along with a gas such as oxygen to expand the surface area and make the charcoal more porous. These pores are then effective for absorbing dirt, toxins, impurities and binding to them so that they don’t return to the surrounding environment.

When taken internally, activated charcoal is known for relieving digestive complaints—particularly gas and bloating from poor eating. When used in water filtration systems, the activated charcoal absorbs impurities from the water, allowing the clean water to pass through. And in skin care, activated charcoal acts like a micro-sponge that sops up unwanted contaminants and impurities on your skin.

How Does a Charcoal Face Wash Bar Help the Skin?

When applied externally, activated charcoal has a number of benefits for cleansing and toning the skin. Simply rubbing a piece of charcoal on your face could prove to be a little rough—especially if your skin is sensitive—but using a charcoal face wash bar where the charcoal powder is combined with other synergistic and hydrating ingredients is ideal.

According to WebMD, activated charcoal draws out toxins from the body which then bind to the charcoal, cleansing away the unwanted substances. For skincare, it draws out dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and micro-particles in quantities up to thousands of times its own mass—making it an effective ingredient for managing acne and improving your complexion.

While removing impurities, activated charcoal is also a gentle exfoliant, balances oily skin, and can shrink the appearance of pores.

An Ayr Skin Care charcoal-and-white swirled soap bar and its packet.

Draw out Toxins with the Dead Sea Spa Body Bar

Our Dead Sea Spa Body Bar, and its travel-sized buddy the Mini Dead Sea Spa Body Bar, contain activated charcoal as one of their active ingredients. This combines the best cleansing properties of activated charcoal with other nourishing and cleansing ingredients like Dead Sea clay, Cambrian blue clay, Kaolin clay, and our signature blend of body butters and essential oils for gentle detoxification and nourishment.

To use in the bath or shower, simply work into a rich lather and massage into the skin of your entire body before rinsing off.

An Ayr Skin Care charcoal swirled facial soap bar and its packet.

Keep Your Skin Nourished and Pure with the Calm Facial Bar

Our Calm Facial Bar also contains activated charcoal as an active ingredient. With the Calm Bar, our goal is to nourish and rejuvenate skin, fighting aging and providing relief to irritated or sensitive skin. The activated charcoal plays its part by drawing away tiny impurities and irritants that inflame and prematurely age the skin.

Store the bar in a soap dish or on a face cloth to allow it to drain and dry properly—this will help your charcoal face wash bar to reach its full, long lifespan.

This luxurious activated charcoal face wash bar also comes in a small size for travel with the convenient Mini Calm Facial Bar.

We love how the Calm Bar soothes and relaxes on almost any occasion, whether it’s a luxurious weekend bath, a quick shower before work, or even just a freshening up at the sink. Its many revitalizing ingredients, including the activated charcoal, work in harmony together to fight aging and make your skin healthier and happier.

Buy Natural Products for Sensitive Skin from Ayr Skin Care

At Ayr Skin Care, we are all about creating gentle, nourishing skin care products that are free from toxic chemicals and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin. If you’re suffering from irritated, touchy skin, there’s a good chance that activated charcoal can be a powerful ally in bringing relief. We do recommend you stay away from those all-black soap bars where activated charcoal is the only active ingredient, simply because activated charcoal is a team player when it comes to skin care—it can’t do the job on its own.

We hope you understand a little more about the skin care properties of this fascinating and useful ingredient. Contact us to learn more about our philosophy and products, and try our charcoal face wash bar today!

If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to answer you personally! Please contact us at info@ayrskincare.com.