Dermalogica Presents: Activated Charcoal [The Ultimate Remedy For Dull Skin]

Dermalogica presents it's newest/latest skin health masque:  Charcoal Rescue Masque [All-in-one, detoxifying treatment]

Over the past few years numerous products have been introduced into both the skin care and health care markets that feature activated charcoal as a main ingredient.

What is charcoal? Charcoal may be derived from peat, coal, wood, coconut shells, or petroleum that is burned to form a lightweight mass of carbonaceous charcoal. When we refer to “activated” charcoal it means the charcoal has been reheated, often to extremely high temperatures, which creates thousands of micropores that increase the surface area of the charcoal.

While the skin care industry has just seen the merits of activated charcoal, the medical community has known about the adsorption power of charcoal for years.

Entire books have been written on the subject of the medical uses of activated charcoal to adsorb toxins or poisons in humans and animals.  As a matter of fact, even the Red Colobus monkeys of Zanzibar have learned about the health benefits of using activated charcoal.

In hospital emergency rooms, food-grade Activated Charcoal is used to adsorb poisons from the body. Activated Charcoal is also used in regular household appliances, such as water filters, to remove or reduce chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), taste and odor from tap water.  

What is Activated Charcoal, and why is it so effective in skin care? This powerful detoxifying ingredient is much more than it seems. Unlike the Charcoal typically found in a grill, Activated Charcoal is a carbonized, mineral-rich material that can adsorb more than 1,000 times its weight in positively-charged compounds.  Activated Charcoal, also called Activated Carbon, comes in many forms specific to many different uses.

Dermalogica uses Activated Binchotan Charcoal, a special high-quality Charcoal made from Japanese Ubame Oak wood. This type of Charcoal is "activated" by an age-old process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, which yields millions of microscopic pores that are ideal for adsorbing impurities from the skin.  

 

Yes, you read that right: ADsorb! Unlike absorption, which is the entering of one substance by another, adsorption occurs when one substance adheres to the surface of another (think magnets). Charcoal is negatively-charged, so it attracts positively-charged compounds – such as deep-dwelling dirt and oil in the skin – to its surface. 

Adsorption Power - The activated charcoal, with its increased surface area, can readily adsorb substances onto its surface. This differs from absorption where one substance is incorporated into another; think about a sponge absorbing water—the sponge becomes saturated with the water through and through. In adsorption, molecules adhere just to the surface of the activated charcoal. Suppliers of activated charcoal use special manufacturing techniques that yield highly porous activated charcoals with varying surface areas; it is not uncommon to find that one teaspoon of activated charcoal can have a surface area of as much as 10,000 square feet. That’s a lot of adsorption power!

Dermalogica's Charcoal Rescue Masque  is a fast-acting, easy-to-remove masque that rescues tired, lackluster or dull skin.   Activated Binchotan Charcoal is used to draw out excess oil and impurities from your pores, leaving you with brighter, purer skin.  

Niacinamide helps reduce congestion and calm the skin while Chilean Wild Mint helps refine pores. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.

Charcoal Rescue Masque also contains a variety of other ingredients such as Volcanic and Hot Spring Ash, Sea Silt, Bamboo Stem Extract, Sulfur and Chilean Wild Mint to provide additional skin health benefits.  

Volcanic Ash, Sea Silt, Bamboo Extract and alpha hydroxy acids further accelerate skin brightening with dual-action exfoliation.  

Benefits:

  • Detoxifies, brightens and invigorates all skin conditions.

  • Provides physical and chemical exfoliation for visibly revitalized skin.

  • Addresses signs of skin aging, breakouts and sensitivity all at once.

 

Activated Charcoal in Skin Care

In the skin care industry, cosmetic chemists have found that activated charcoal can readily adsorb oils, toxins and impurities from the skins surface. One of the most effective forms of activated charcoal is Binchotan charcoal derived from Ubame Oak trees from the Kishu region of Japan. Binchotan charcoal is activated by burning oak branches at extremely high temperatures for several days and then rapidly cooling them. It is known as the highest quality activated charcoal and is often used to purify drinking water. Because it is such a clean, odorless charcoal it is also used in high end Japanese and Korean restaurants that use charcoal fires in tableside dining.

In skin care formulations, activated Binchotan charcoal adsorbs oils as well as pollutants and other superficial toxins from the skin’s surface. We know that masques can deliver dramatic benefits to the skin and charcoal masques have gained popularity among consumers, especially those with oily and breakout-prone skin. Combined with other actives, such as keratolytic sulfur, mineral rich volcanic ash, and exfoliating AHAs, one can optimize the results of using a charcoal masque for a wide range of skin care conditions. Rinsing this charcoal formulation from the skin readily removes the adsorbed substances from the skin to help purify, brighten and revitalize any skin condition.