Having radiant and beautiful skin needn’t be defined by your age. With it’s purifying properties and anti-ageing effects, activated charcoal could be the new secret ingredient in your beauty bag.
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The purifying effect of activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is made from charcoal which is heated up to very high temperatures and combined with steam. This makes the charcoal more porous, so it can easily absorb toxins and impurities from the skin. As it is a natural, non-toxic ingredient, it is great for even sensitive skin.
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Activated charcoal is leading the way in skin care
Activated charcoal is one of the most in-demand natural ingredients. It’s being used in cleansers, facial scrubs, face masks, and soap for its ability to absorb toxins and impurities. It deep cleans your pores, removes excess oil and can leave your skin blemish free. Some activated charcoal products have been shown to significantly improve the tightness and suppleness of the skin, over many age groups.
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Furthermore, skin damage caused by pollution is a big concern, so you’ll be pleased to know that charcoal can help protect and reduce damage to your skin from this too. 
How to apply an activated charcoal face mask
Activated charcoal face masks are rich, luxurious and applying it couldn’t be easier: simply dab small dots onto your face and neck before gently massaging into your skin in a sweeping motion, starting from the inside and going outwards. Rub over your skin gently and avoid the delicate area around your eyes.
The cream itself is black, which can take a while to get used to. But once it forms a solid layer and dries out, you’ll be able to simply peel the mask slowly from your face, Leaving your skin feeling cleaner and fresher.
There are so many ways to use activated charcoal, it’s in so many different things; from masks and face wash, to simple bars of soap and face sponges. It's becoming even easier to reap the benefits of this wonder ingredient.
If you don’t currently have a skin care regime, now is the time to start. Why not have a read of our How to get your daily skincare regime right
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