The Simple Science Behind Charcoal in Corium Products

Activated charcoal is a popular ingredient in some of Corium’s much-loved products. We track the history of this black powder that’s known to make your skin feel squeaky clean and oh-so supple.

Let’s get the science part out of the way. Lab Muffin describes activated charcoal as “carbon soot that’s been treated to give it a sponge-like structure, with lots of holes.” It goes on to add that charcoal has the ability to soak up small material from any surface area.

Now, how does that link to skincare, you may ask? Well, think about it this way: if charcoal is sponge-like and has absorbing qualities, that means it can draw dirt and impurities from the skin. Simply put, it can act as the skin’s detoxifying agent.

So while charcoal is something that you’re likely to find at a braai, this ingredient is also documented to have been used back in the day, when leftover charcoal would be mixed with a bit of water to form a paste that could be used to whiten teeth.

Now, because Corium Skincare products draw from the best African, Himalayan and Ayurvedic beauty practices, we have two charcoal-infused treats: the popular Activated Charcoal Clay Mask, which has been mixed with bentonite clay, as well as the long-lasting Luxe Purifying Activated Charcoal Facial Cleansing Bar.

The mask has the ability to draw out dirt and impurities from the skin, while the facial cleansing bar not only leaves your skin feel squeaky clean, it’s also fortified with Tea Tree essential oil, which is is known to assist with acne and inflammation.

So now you know exactly how your favourite mask and bar work. Just remember to always store your clay mask in the fridge, and keep the soap away from the light.

And that’s it – activated charcoal is simply magical!


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