Everything you need to know about charcoal's amazing skin benefits.

TL;DR: Charcoal is the wonder kid of skincare.

What the actual charc?

 

Charcoal, that big black dirty lump you put on the fire or BBQ, can it really be good for your skin? Well, yes, it is.

Actually, it’s a bit of a wonder ingredient to be honest! All natural and super gentle too.

Ok, so it’s not just a case of grabbing a bag of charcoal and rubbing it on your face. You’ll probably know it as Activated Charcoal or Carbon.

Cosmetic grade charcoal is made when regular charcoal is exposed to high temperatures. As a result, it produces a fine powder (activated charcoal) which is porous and highly adsorbent.

So how does Charcoal improve your skin?

1. A Bacteria-Fighting Powerhouse

 
 

Activated Charcoal has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This means it can help heal damaged skin as well as draw out bacteria trapped in your pores.

If your pores aren’t cleaned effectively, you risk infection and blockages which can lead to breakouts and blackheads.

Activated charcoal sends bacteria packing, and in turn improves your overall complexion. We’ve made a super charcoal facial mask that our customers love

2. Deep Pore Cleansing

 
 

Described as having ‘magnet like properties’ Activated Charcoal is known to draw out impurities and toxins caused from a build-up of dirt and residue from pollution.

It’s used to deep cleanse removing day-to-day impurities and those naughty dead skin cells which love to block your pores. Try our cleansing facial masque for gentle pore cleansing.

Charcoal is also natural and super gentle so a great ingredient to deep cleanse a sensitive skin.

3. Zen, Balanced Skin

 
 

Charcoal is an incredibly porous natural ingredient.

With its oil absorbing superpowers Activated Charcoal can unclog your pores. Free of grime and excess sebum, you’ll be less likely to get breakouts and blackheads.

Charcoal is super with a range of skin types: whether you’ve got oily, acne-prone skin, mature or sensitive skin.

But what if you have all of the above? Many suffers of acne may have a pimple-prone face, but dry hands and elbows too.

This is because the skin’s sebum production is out of balance. Many acne skincare products are too harsh for sensitive skins (sometimes they can also be the cause of the sensitivity – ouch).

Want an ingredient that benefits a combo of skin types? Bring in the charcoal!

4. Exfoliate to Perfection

 
 

Charcoal is a natural polish. You’ll even find it in whitening toothpastes for its ability to add sparkle and shine.

Its gritty yet soft texture can gently slough off dead skin cells revealing the glow of healthy new fresh skin. Try our lush facial cleansing dough for soft charcoal exfoliation.

Activated charcoal doesn’t cause allergic reactions either, as it’s inert (chemically inactive). That’s another plus for sensitive skin.

A pinch of our charcoal facial cleansing dough

5. Soothing & Calming

 

Charcoal, the gift that keeps on giving. Activated Charcoal can soothe symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

It has has been known to help reduce itching bug bites by neutralising the toxins in insect venom, thereby soothing the sting.

In fact, it’s so good at removing toxins that it’s used in hospitals to treat poisoning and drug overdoses. Please always seek advice of a doctor before using charcoal medicinally.

The Verdict

 
 

So, in short Charcoal can help improve all over appearance of the skin.
It is used to refresh, brighten, tighten pores & purify a range of skin types.

Ok, so pores can only appear smaller as they can’t actually shrink. However, if you have a consistent skincare routine, you can ensure your pores stay healthy and clear.

In turn you’ll have a great complexion and a healthy glow (without the shine!). What more can you ask for?

Whilst more scientific research is needed on the benefits to the skin, there is no shortage of cosmetic experts proclaiming the benefits of activated charcoal.

With no reported adverse reactions, and proven cleansing powers, why not try and see for yourself!

Top 4 Skincare trends 2022

Selling skincare? Yeah. You need to know this 😝

FIRSTLY… Hi! How is it February already?!

Ok let’s get stuck in.

You know that we’re not one for following fashion or trends. BUT as a business, it is kinda helpful to know what people are getting excited about this season.  Right?

 

Luckily for you, we’re here do the legwork! It’ll take just 5 mins to read, so no excuse!

Grab a cuppa, and let us guide you through our top 4 trends this year.

 

1) SKINIMALISM … Minimal Skincare

Who needs 14 different products, when one will suffice. (Who has that much space in their bathroom cabinet too!?).

 

Sometimes less is more. We also reckon that’s a very eco approach. Less packaging, less waste. And that’s what people are thinking this year.

Who needs 14 different products, when one will suffice. (Who has that much space in their bathroom cabinet too!?). 😜

 

Stuck for ideas? Checkout these:

All Over Body Salve

First aid in a tin!

With the power of Calendula and Chamomile, this superhero salve is a winner. Use literally, ALL OVER!

Solid Shampoo Bars

Shampoo, Conditioner AND Body wash in one!

Minimal showercare? Sorted! These solid bars are gentle enough to be used as a luxurious body wash, whilst also cleansing and conditioning hair.

2) Healthy Beauty

Yep, it took a pandemic for people to finally realise that it’s not just the look of your skin that matters, it’s the health.

 

Rather than going for how a product changes the way your skin appears, consumers are now more invested in meaningful HERO ingredients that actually protect the skin, reduce inflammation, and overall be chock full of useful stuff.

Rather than glitter.

(No offence to glitter, it has its place…at Christmas). 🤣🥳

 

Our top picks for healthy skin:

Ultra Pro Facial Cream

Hero Ingredient: Vegan Squalane!

Supplements the skin’s natural squalane levels, which reduce as we age. Essential for keeping skin supple.

Hand & Body Regen Polishing Scrub

Hero Ingredient: Sea Buckthorn Oil!

This wonder berry brings an array of micronutrients, minerals and omega fatty acids, boosting skin regeneration and improving overall skin health.

3) Spa at Home

Last year was a biggie for this one.

 

Wearing face masks, using antibacterial gel, washing more. It has taken its toll on all of us. I mean, we’re not complaining. But man are we ready to give our skin a little bit of love back! A little bit of luxury at home.

2022 looks like more of us are wanting a rejuvenating experience at home, whilst it’s still tricky getting out to the spa. It’s not just good for your skin, it’s good for your mental health too.

Our suggestions? Our two bestsellers from last year: 👇

Charcoal Detox Face Mask

With activated charcoal, for a super effective skin detox. This premium face mask is a luxury spa in an eco-jar!

Each face mask contains approximately six servings, making it an irresistible pampering gift experience.

Royal 24k Gold Facial Elixir

With authentic 24 carat gold, for pure opulence.

Packed with highly prized oils for the ultimate facial skincare routine. Featuring Precious Argan, Rosehip, and skin healing Castor oil.

4) Earth Friendly Beauty

Come on.

 

You know we are beyond excited to hear this! Finally, after being a growing trend for the last 5 years, 2022 is set to be the most popular time yet for eco-friendly beauty and skincare.

Palm oil, plastic and animal-derived ingredients have had their day.

Move aside, and welcome in natural, vegan products. Wahey!

We could suggest our ENTIRE range for this one, but here are our top two suggestions for businesses who champion eco-friendly beauty:

Facial Coffee Scrub Bar

With authentic 24 It’s a moisturising bar, scrub, and facial cleanser in one.

With exfoliating Fairtrade coffee, silky scrubby oats, nourishing hemp and refreshing peppermint. It’s a wakeup like no other.

Superfood Spirulina Body Scrub

The ultimate nourishing body buff for the eco-conscious customer.

With Blue Spirulina: naturally packed with skin nourishing vitamins. Wrapped in fully compostable, plant-based wax paper.

That’s our round up! Enjoy these 4 trends, we kind of hope they stay forever though 🙃🌿

 

Thank you for all your orders, we have been so incredibly busy this year already! Sending love and good vibes from us all here at White Label Botanist.
And don’t forget…dream big 🥰🌱

❤️From your personal team of cosmetic makers, here at White Label Botanist ❤️

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