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Ingredient Focus: Bamboo Activated Charcoal

Whether you’re looking to improve your complexion or fight acne, here’s a look at how activated charcoal may benefit your skin!

Not just the latest skin craze, activated charcoal has been around for centuries dating back as far as times of ancient Egyptians when uses for charcoal included deodorizing and Phoenician trading ships dating back to 450 BC drinking water was stored in charred wooden barrels to preserve and purify the water during long journeys.

So what is it exactly?

Also called activated carbon, activated charcoal is a fine black powder that’s produced when common charcoal is exposed to high heat. This exposure creates tiny internal spaces or holes in the charcoal, making it highly absorbent and able to trap chemicals and toxins. Compared to regular charcoal, bamboo activated charcoal has ten times more surface area and is four times stronger in its absorption rate.

Why are we so in love with it and HAD TO use it in O2 Charcoal Bubble Mask?

1/ Anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory

It has anti fungal and anti-inflammatory properties which prevent bacteria and fungus in skin and clogged pores from growing, therefore helping speed up the healing process from acne and skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

 

2/ Deep Pore Cleansing

Due to its major adsorbing properties, this amazing ingredient provides deep pore cleaning and acts as a magnet to extremely small substances and bringing them to the surface. This is why activated charcoal is the perfect addition for those with oily and clogged skin. By sticking itself to impurities and bringing them to the surface, detoxifying dirty skin is a walk in the park.

 

3/ Oil-Balancing

Because of its adsorbent properties leaving skin clog-free, your pores produce less oil. With continued use of activated charcoal, over time pores appear and become smaller therefore major oil production is no longer needed. Say thank you to who? Hehe

 

4/ Gentle Exfoliation

Exfoliation plays a crucial part of a healthy skin regimen because it helps get rid of the dull dead layers of skin so that new and healthier skin underneath can shine it's brightest and that is one of the benefit of this gritty powder.

 

5/ Healthy glowing skin

With all of the benefits of activated charcoal: antibacterial, anti fungal, pore-cleansing, impurity-fighting, and exfoliating, your skin feels renewed. Detoxifying your skin of unwanted debris and reducing congestion means an improvement in radiance and brightness with barely visible pores.

TRY OUT OUR O2 Charcoal Bubble Mask to reveal your most radiant skin! You won't regret it.

Sources:

1. Antibacterial and Adsorption Characteristics of Activated Carbon Functionalized with Quaternary Ammonium Moieties https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ie0608096

2. Activated Carbon
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/activated-carbon

3. American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists. Position Paper: Single-Dose Activated Charcoal. Clinical Toxicology. 43:61–87. 2005. http://www.clintox.org/documents/positionpapers/SingleDoseActivatedCharcoal.pdf

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