Save Face with Charcoal?
I’ve been seeing more and more products out there toting charcoal as the new “wonder” ingredient but I “wonder” if it’s not just a passing fad. I mean, we use charcoal to grill hamburgers in our barbecues and artists use it for drawing portraits. It is also a main ingredient in aquarium filters to remove impurities from the water. But it is also used to remove toxins from the body and is given to overdose patients and to people who have ingested poison (under a doctor’s supervision). Therefore, charcoal must be a pretty hardcore ingredient! And it’s now popping up in everything from toothpaste to skin care products to dietary supplements, and even drinks! So when I received the opportunity to test out this Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser in exchange for review, I was very intrigued.
According to WebMD:
“When you take activated charcoal, drugs and toxins can bind to it. This helps rid the body of unwanted substances. Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. “Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals. Activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce intestinal gas (flatulence), lower cholesterol levels, prevent hangover, and treat bile flow problems (cholestasis) during pregnancy.”
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So how is this supposed to help your skin?
Well if charcoal is so good at drawing out toxins from your body, it should also be good for drawing out impurities from your skin too, right? And now there are products out there that incorporate activated charcoal alongside other ingredients to create a perfectly balanced facial cleanser that is not only safe to use but also beneficial. They did all the work for you!
• Highly absorbent to eliminate excess oil & impurities
• Draws out deep set blockages from pores
Sugar Cane, Maple and Bilberry Extract
• Stimulates cellular turnover to heal dark spots and retexturize
• Dissolves blockages, preps pores for following treatment steps
Tea Tree Oil
• Antibacterial & anti-inflammatory healing properties
Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
• Nature’s first aid kit is known for its’ soothing properties
• Contains Auxin known for its’ anti-inflammatory properties
• Contains Gibberellins to heal and stimulate the growth of new cells
The consistency is a thick black gel. You just pump a little in your hands and run it under warm water. It does not contain sulfates, so it does not lather. But it cleans your skin so beautifully without drying. And the best part is how effective it is at removing makeup. You will not have to use a separate makeup remover which saves so much time. It features a gentle, sulfate-free “no tears” formula that does not irritate eyes so you can even take off waterproof mascara without any issues! It has cleared up my blackheads and my skin is looking fantastic. I seriously love this product and I highly recommend it for those of us with oil and acne-prone skin.
My favorite cosmetic in my beauty arsenal is foundation. So whenever I have the chance to try out a new foundation product complimentary for review, I jump at the chance. I got to test out this one from Juicy Skin Care called So Magic Sunscreen UV Brightening Mousse Foundation and here are my honest opinions.
This foundation is very sheer and I don’t know if I would call it a mousse. It comes in a little tube sort of like a concealer. The color is very light so it works with my complexion which is good. But it offers very sheer coverage, so for someone like me (with freckles, wrinkles, and zits) I need something which is more opaque.
When you apply the product, it dries extremely fast and provides a powder-like matte finish on your skin. So I suggest using a little bit at a time so you have a chance to get to each area of your face before it dries. If you have a nice complexion, you could just apply this product and go. But if you want a bit more coverage, you will want to wear this under makeup. Also since the color is very light, I’m not sure how it would work on darker skin tones. It has a high SPF of 50 so it is great for use as a sunscreen for your face and I like that it is non-greasy, so it gives your skin a matte finish. Would I call it a mousse foundation? No. But if you are looking for a nice tinted sunscreen with a super high SPF, this would be a good product to add to your daily regimen.
Do you use sunscreen as part of your daily regimen? What is your favorite brand?
Disclosure: These products were received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contains affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**