Most likely, you’ve heard about it… charcoal is the last buzz in the beauty world and is becoming a major component in the skincare industry. It’s no wonder oily skin is the first beneficiary of this ingredient if we consider the properties of charcoal.
Vegetable charcoal goes back to ancient times
Although cosmetics manufacturers seem to have discovered this ingredient, it has been around for centuries, as far back as the ancient Egyptians, for a range of purposes from deodorising, to antibacterial and anti-fungal use and even to preserve wood constructions in wet and moist areas. Phoenician stored drinking water in charred wooden barrels to preserve and purify water during long sea journeys.
Charcoal is obtained from the calcination of plant materials (wood or bamboo) or animals (bones). Carbonisation at high temperature changes the configuration of these materials creating a sponge-like structure full of tiny holes. These holes, created by heat, will have multiple practical uses thanks to their adsorbing and absorption properties.
What’s the secret of charcoal’s effectiveness in cosmetics?
This amazing ingredient provides deep pore cleaning due to its major adsorbing properties. Adsorbing by definition means the adhesion in an extremely thin layer of molecules to the surfaces of solid bodies or liquids with which they are in contact, or in short, acts as a glue or magnet to extremely small substances and brings them to the surface. This is why activated charcoal is so praised by people with oily and clogged skin. By sticking itself to impurities, excess sebum, toxins, heavy metals and some bacteria, charcoal makes detoxifying skin a breeze.
Phyt’s uses charcoal powder in the Aromaclear exfoliating mask – Masque Gommant Pureté – for oily skin. Obtained from a Japanese oak tree (Ubame Oak), Binchotan charcoal has a micro-porous structure and is well known for its purity and finesse. Because the wood is burnt at a very high temperature, the charcoal is extremely dense and pure. The cosmetic quality and efficiency of this ingredient have been recognised by COSMOS and received their certification.
We love how this ingredient in Phyt’s Aromaclear Mask provides these 5 amazing benefits: antibacterial, anti-fungal, deep pore cleansing, oil-balancing and gentle exfoliation which gives the skin a more smooth and refined appearance.
Phyt’s Aromaclear Facial Mask: an innovative product with vegetable charcoal – and certified organic!
Phyt’s Laboratories have created a retail and a professional product of high quality formulated with vegetable charcoal. The new Aromaclear Facial Mask has a triple action on the skin:
- Exfoliation with crushed amber powder
- Adsorption of impurities and sebaceous secretions thanks to 3 types of clay combined with vegetable charcoal
- Purifying with essential oils (Lavandin, Tea Tree, Rosemary)
How to use:
Once to twice a week, apply to cleansed skin (avoid the eye contour area). Leave on for 10 minutes, then emulsify the mask with water and perform small ascending circles with the tips of your fingers. Remove the mask thoroughly with warm water. Pat skin dry then follow with one of the moisturisers of the Aromaclear range.
Aromaclear facial mask reduces skin imperfections and gives the skin a new glow. The skin texture is smoother, refined and pores are instantly tightened.
Aromaclear is a certified organic range for oily skin with a tendency to acne. It helps to fight breakouts and reduce sebum production for a clearer brighter complexion – gently and naturally!