Beauty How char­coal be­came a sur­prise skin­care star.

Char­coal stars in the lat­est col­lec­tion of skin saviours

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents -

Think clean skin, and you don’t nec­es­sar­ily think of char­coal – but that’s about to change. “Char­coal has unique ab­sorbent prop­er­ties, and whether it’s black or white, each has a por­ous, ex­tremely ab­sorbent sur­face that at­tracts cer­tain sub­stances, in­clud­ing our skin’s oil, like a mag­net,” ex­plains Paula Be­goun, founder of skin­care brand Paula’s Choice.

Char­coal not only soaks up skin’s oil and sur­face de­bris, it also traps them. The up­shot: when you rinse off any char­coal prod­uct us­ing wa­ter, ev­ery­thing you don’t want lin­ger­ing won’t. So you avoid re-de­posit­ing the bad stuff on your skin and in­stead wash it down the drain, says Be­goun. As for prod­ucts claim­ing to con­tain “ac­ti­vated char­coal”, Be­goun clar­i­fies the la­bel: “In skin­care, all char­coal is ‘ac­ti­vated’ – ac­ti­vat­ing char­coal sim­ply refers to the process of turn­ing the el­e­ment car­bon into char­coal.”

Their abil­ity to cleanse skin both gently and deeply makes char­coal skin prod­ucts ben­e­fi­cial for ex­ces­sively oily or con­gested skin, a shine-prone T-zone and en­larged pores. Be­goun rec­om­mends prod­ucts that com­bine char­coal with hy­drat­ing and smooth­ing in­gre­di­ents; this will help skin achieve bal­ance, without leav­ing it feel­ing dry and tight.

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