The other day I surprised bae with an unsanctioned visit, and I found her in the process of crushing and grinding charcoal blocks into a fine black powder. Oblivious as to what was happening,I then enquired. Had I known that a tiny question would result result in a 1 hour lecture, I wouldn’t have asked. And you know how women get when you let what they are explaining to you get in through the left ear and out through the right ear…
To avoid ever having to go through the ‘Olla, you never listen to what I tell you ‘ scene, then set out to discover what all this face masking science was all about.
To begin with, I discovered that activated charcoal (not sure whether it has activating Nano mites or an ON switch) is being used in cleanses to detoxify and re-energize, and is a key ingredient used by some women to have healthy hair and skin. Putting charcoal in hair or on the face might not seem glamourous, but its proven to have many beauty and health benefits when used safely and properly. This is according to the Best Health Magazine site that i visited.
Imagine the surprise on my face when I further read that Activated charcoal is not what is used for grilling or cooking on a fireplace, but is instead used in air filtration systems. I was like, “ So did bae also gain access to a pile of Activated Charcoal or what .“ But it is only when I got to research further that I realized that she was on point, or that’s what I thought anyway
Benefits of the Charcoal face therapy I discovered are:
It makes skin pores smaller and cleaner
Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores. When pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Charcoal when used in a facemask binds to and helps pull the dirt out of pores, making them less visible (oil and dirt are what make them appear bigger). This leaves the face feeling fresh.
- It takes care of oily skin
Charcoal may be used as an ingredient to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, it can pull the unwanted excess oil from your skin, leaving it smooth.
- It treats acne
Depending on the specifics of the acne, charcoal may be able to help. In soap form, it is slightly gritty, which might provide just the gentle exfoliating needed. It will absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin.
- It enables you to deep clean your skin.
- It soothes and heals bites, cuts and skin irritations
- It rids hair of toxins ( I personally prefer scented shampoo)
Having looked at all this, I realized that I was in the safe zone…and could safely defend myself if bae ever brought the issue up again.