Published By: Puja Sinha

Charcoal Soap for Skin at a Glance

An entire skin healing process, which tends to skin acne, foul smell, grime and grease, and clogged pores

Charcoal has the magnetic properties to suck out toxins and bacteria—a quality that has earned its popularity in the skincare industry. Dermatologists maintain that charcoal is made by burning coal, charcoal, wood, peat, or coconut shells, and when charcoal is burnt under higher temperatures and intense heat, it is activated charcoal or activated carbon. The pores on the surface act like a sponge while absorbing all the toxins and dirt. The use of charcoal in soap, face masks, peels, body scrub, and cleansers vouch for its capacity to remove impurities, lending a soft and supple feel to the skin.

Charcoal soap is a recent skincare wonder which, apart from sucking out toxins and pollutants, also wipes out foul odours. We usually find activated carbon in charcoal soaps. The superiority of activated carbon over mainstream and commercialised products could be attributed to its detoxifying nature.

Let’s look at the multifaceted benefits of charcoal soaps: 

Providing a Fresh, Acne-Free Skin:

The porousness and larger surface area of a charcoal soap guarantee better absorption and skin purification. As a deep-cleaning agent, charcoal works on acne at the very roots. It extracts the residual germs and dirt. Charcoal soaps treat face and body acne, working on blackheads and blemishes as well. Charcoal cleansing towelettes are the latest deep-cleaning remedy when you are on the go.

Controlling Excess Oil Production:

Sebum production leads to oily skin. An abnormal amount of sebum clogs pores and makes the skin look dull and bland. Charcoal is a boon when it comes to exfoliation. Charcoal soap helps in eliminating this excess oil and the perils associated with it. If you imagine the working of a blotting paper on ink, you would understand the extent to which charcoal performs on the skin. If you are travelling in humid and sultry regions, try charcoal blotting papers or cleansing sponges for a quick clean-up. 

Delaying the Appearance of Wrinkles

Charcoal is blessed with some anti-ageing benefits, one of which is preventing fine lines and wrinkles. With a ritualistic use of charcoal, you are gifted with smooth, even-textured, and vitalised skin to bring about youthfulness and beauty from within. The time used to lather the soap on the skin should depend on the skin type. 30 seconds for dry skin and 1-2 minutes for oily skin should suffice!

Exfoliating Anytime, Anywhere

Charcoal improves the skin texture by doing away with the dead skin cells. This adds to the glow and elasticity of the skin. The process has a balmy and soothing effect on the skin. The mild exfoliation could be harnessed before a party when you are looking for that hassle-free instant glow-up. 

Prepare your DIY charcoal mask:

Before investing in charcoal, you may try it at home to measure its effectiveness on your skin and test if you develop any reactions to it. Preparing a charcoal mask at home is a no-brainer. You will need these few essentials:

  • Water
  • Bentonite clay
  • Activated charcoal powder
  • Raw honey
  • Essential oil

Beat into a paste and slather on the face in a uniform manner. The spread should have a consistency. Rise after 15 minutes. Honey hydrates the skin, soothes it and remedies redness and inflammation. This mask is also favourable to prevent premature ageing of the skin. You may replace honey with aloe vera for deep moisturising without any trace of residual oil. For dry, irritated, and itchy skin, this mask is a potent remedy.  

Each time you rinse your skin with charcoal, be sure to wash with lukewarm water. Pat dry. Deep moisturising post-wash is mandatory. A gel or water-based moisturiser should do.