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The Benefits of Activated Charcoal

When it comes to skin care ingredients, mother nature knows best. Our biocompatibility with the plant world allows us the fortune of looking to our environment for ways to help our bodies heal. And it’s through an unlikely source that we’ve discovered the skin health powers of an ingredient long used to detoxify our bodies; activated bamboo charcoal

You may have heard of activated charcoal being used to relieve symptoms of an upset stomach. The reason activated charcoal has become a ‘buzz’ ingredient is because it has the unique ability to attract and absorb unwanted toxins and draw them out of the body. The same thing applies when it’s used in skincare, which you may have discovered through the use of the Charcoal Mud Mask

“Activated bamboo charcoal has a negative electric charge, which means it can bind to positively charged unwanted toxins. It does this by drawing dirt, oil, bacteria and micro-particles to the surface, making it easy for impurities to be washed away,” explains Hunter Lab Skin Specialist Chris Mesh

When it comes to the type of charcoal used, it’s important to distinguish the difference between Activated Charcoal and the charcoal found on the outside of a burnt chop, or even the charcoal briquettes used to light the barbecue

The term ‘activated’ means the charcoal has been treated through a specialised process to maximise its surface area, greatly increasing its absorption qualities. Once activated, charcoal powder is one of the most absorbent natural materials on Earth

Hunter Lab sources it’s high-quality Activated Charcoal from sustainable bamboo plantations. The Moso Bamboo tree can grow up to two feet a day, making its cultivation easy and stress-free on the environment. Once harvested and activated, it is a 100% natural product, and once used is safely recycled back into the ecosystem

When used in skincare, activated bamboo charcoal provides intense detoxification and deep-layer skin cleanse through absorbing and lifting away microparticles of dirt, dust and bacteria, leaving the skin feeling clean and clear. Our skin is exposed to a myriad of environmental aggressors, impurities and toxins every day, making washing with a high-powered natural cleanser the first and most important step in our skin health regime

The charcoal range, which is suitable for all skin types, includes Charcoal Mud Mask, a natural, treatment mask and the hard-working Charcoal Cleansing Stick. Both are crafted with activated charcoal and additional high-performing natural ingredients to ensure cleansed, nourished and soft skin