castor oil, turmeric, it fermentation bad … beauty tends to take some unexpected turns.
And you never know who will hold on and who will get fast by never being heard again.
A trend that does not seem to go anywhere?
Many claim that it makes your teeth whiter, has powerful effects in smoothies and face masks alike, and sometimes saves lives.
It's a bird, it's a plan, it's …
Articles call coal "latest beauty development"Started appearing a few years ago.
The New York Times introduced coal in its "Beautiful place" the section as far back as 2013, and it seems that this trend was built to last!
Check out Amazon's bestsellers in the skin care list at any time and you must find at least one carbon product there.
(Today, a carbon black removal mask is at # 21.)
What is behind all this popularity?
And is there any science for its effectiveness, or do it just for attention-grabbing product images at Insta?
Let's get into the science behind it, the difference between carbon and activated charcoal and the true effects it can have on your skin.
What is carbon and what does it do?
Wood charcoal of the daily grilling-out variety has been made by people for somewhere around 30,000 years.
Funny Fact: The name "Collier" refers to early craftsmen as the perfect coalcolor art by burying the wood in underground pits.
They were called "colliers".
Wood charcoal is made by burning in a low oxygen environment until you end up with lumps of mostly pure coal.
It can also be made from other materials such as coconut shell, petroleum products and peat moss.
Strange fact: Kock Dan Barber By Hudson Valley Restaurant, Blue Hill on Stone Barns, make famous charcoal of beast that he then cooks with.
Activated carbon Of the well-known baking hardening, skin cleansing, teeth whitening assortment, is done differently than standard charcoal.
Active carbon is treated differently, at higher temperatures, making it more porous than usual charcoal.
From what I understand, "activation" involves the part of the process either steam or phosphoric acid, very high temper and results in a character that is more porous and therefore has a much larger area than ordinary carbon.
All this should remove impurities and improve its capacity to adsorb (not a font …adsorb means compounds stick to the surface of rather than breaking down and taken into different subject).
While the important quality of common coal is its ability to burn for a long time at high pace, the important quality of activated charcoal is its ability to adsorb toxins.
History tells us that the ancient Egyptians used coal back in 1500 BC. for digestive problems, and back in 400 BC the fenicians used activated carbon to purify water.
This means that activated charcoal is a reputation because the detox material goes back for a very long time.
And that's the reputation that makes it so popular today.
Plus, the fact that it swept the Instagram world when stores like Little Damage in L.A. started mix it in glass (we are easily maintained, not us!), an exercise that is now forbidden in New York City, VAT. More about it later.
We know a certain part of the reason for its popularity, the fact that it gives a little kerosene and attentive social media.
However, the second reason that it is attached is the inherent ability to adsorb and carry toxins from the body or away from the skin.
Active carbon has a unique ability to detoxify at a time when we are more aware than ever of the harmful potential of all chemicals and toxic compounds that we are now exposed to daily, especially in urban areas.
At this age when pure food and pure life have become our mantra, charcoal has gone on stage that promises to carry out impurities and cleanse us from the toxic by-products in our lively lives.
Add to the growing acceptance of alternative and anti-drug and wellness practices, which are now fully rooted in the ordinary, and you can see why carbon caught in the same way as it did.
Now, in addition to carbon glass, you can get everything from a carbon brush to carbon-infused mushrooms to carbon-activated lemonade.
And of course there are skin care products!
Bar soap, patch masks, clay masks, oil cleanser, hand soap, to name a few.
Now the coal has caught up in public imagination, it seems to sell itself …
It is generally described as this magic natural-earth magnet that attracts oil and dirt and then carries it away.
Who would not want it?!
And why would New York want to ban it from our smoothies and ice cream?
The health benefits of wooden charcoal
So it seems like a good question: is charcoal fresh or not?
Detox is a good thing, and the charcoal's ability to bind unwanted substances to its surface and then carry them away sounds amazing.
There is so much capacity that actually accounts for the use of activated charcoal in emergency room settings treat cases of poisoning or overdose of drugs.
If it can absorb poisonous substances from the stomach before they are absorbed into the blood, must it be good for you?
It is due, but it is more complicated than that.
Like vitamins and other supplements, the FDA does not actively regulate carbon as a drug, meaning it does not need to meet any efficiency standards before it ends in your food or products.
FDA imposes manufacturing standards on dietary supplements, but it is unclear whether they apply to coal or not, but probably not.
It seems that the reason for New York City banning the substance in foodstuffs is because the FDA has not approved active carbon as either a food additive or a dye for food.
The city's health department has gone so far as saying that the FDA has "banned" its use in food, but it does not claim that water holds as far as I can tell.
So, we seem to be in a "use your best judgment" gray area when it comes to adding it to our food or use it for health reasons.
What we know is that it is especially good to adsorb things and transport them from your body.
And medical experts say that it does not pose a big risk in small amounts.
But … it's not selective. Wood charcoal does not look for and finds toxins to carry away, it binds to a lot of things.
Like nutrients and other beneficial particles.
When you consume carbonated dairy products, it is likely to transport calcium in the milk with it.
How about your prescription medication or other supplements? Another unknown.
Meanwhile, I'm not a nutritionist, so I leave it for you to decide.
Just know that the actual benefits may have been a little exaggerated.
The benefits of leather with charcoal
And now we have all been waiting for … can charcoal really help clean up the skin?
Anecdotally speaking, yes.
More studies will be needed before we have science to back up claims about the effectiveness of skin care.
At the moment, its benefits must be more of a belief than a fact, but keep in mind that many natural treatments fall into the same category.
We may know how a substance works and responds in most settings, but it would take clinical trials to definitely prove that a substance has consistent effects over many conditions and on many people.
These studies have not been done with activated charcoal, but of course many people love how their skin looks and feel after a cleansing with koltvål or after deleting one kolmask.
Many swear by their ability to reduce the appearance of black pills.
If it makes you love how your skin looks and feels, then I say go for it!
But I also recommend that you do not use large amounts of it on your skin too often … daily would be too much in my opinion.
Why? For as I mentioned, the carbon will not discriminate with regard to adsorption.
This means that it can remove your skin from its natural protector over time if you exaggerate it.
One study showed The activated carbon in combination with silver, "Can help remove liquids and toxins that worsen the healing process" in wounds, so it's great for use for common skin stains.
The principle behind its use on healthy skin is the same: unwanted bacteria, oils, dirt and other harmful substances are believed to bind to active carbon instead of staying in pores or on the surface where it will eventually cause problems.
When washing the cleaning or masking, these contaminants should also be washed away, providing cleaner, cleaner skin behind.
And it sounds like a good time to follow up with a recovery nutrient serum for maximum effect.
You will find coal in a variety of foods
If you want to try charcoal for body detox, you're lucky.
You can now consume it in the form of smoothies, lemons, desserts, pizza shoes and much more.
Just for fun, here's a quick selection of some of the carbon-infused food products that you now find on the market.
Project juice (online and around California)
This company sells a super-food drink called "cold-pressed Black Magic".
It contains purified water, lemon, raw agave, cayenne and activated coconut.
The benefits are vitamin C for immunity and capsaicin, which increases metabolism.
It makes you wonder, but the activated carbon adsorbs them too?
Juice Supply (online and Dallas)
Juice Supply has, like many juices, an activated carbon "fix" that can be added to any of its juices or smoothies.
In addition, their Advanced Cleanse Charcoal Lemonade contains your focus on drinking "at awakening."
The lemonade contains activated carbon, lemon, pink pepper, coconut palm sugar and alkaline water.
Werewolf Coffee Bar (Chicago)
Here you can get the popular Charcoal Latte made of coal, half a shot of espresso, honey, lavender and steamed milk.
Macarooz sells Charcoal-Vanilla Blackberry Macarons complete with sprinkling of gold dust on top.
Maybe does the carbon carry any calories?
Nolen (San Diego)
If you want some charcoal with your happy hour, you have it!
This roof terrace sells a cocktail called "Sun Devil", made from peach juice, orange juice, agave and (YEP) activated charcoal.
Given that charcoal is known as a home remedy for backlash, it is completely meaningful.
Skin Script Charcoal Clay Cleanser
Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque
100% pure konjac mushroom charcoal
Eminence Organics Balancing Masque Duo Charcoal T-Zone Purifier
Cosmedica Skincare Activated carbon face cleansing
Remember, beauties, we do not know much about the effects of this crazy popular trend in the long run if you add food or drink, and you definitely do not want to exaggerate it.
In the short term, there is no great risk, but the benefits of mixing with vitamins and superfoods seem doubtful.
On your skin, however, it probably makes what it's known for – adsorbs substances caught in pores and on the surface, giving you a clean slate and cleaner skin.
Its beneficial effect on temporary flare-ups and breakouts is also a good bet.
If you love it and see good results on your skin, then it's good, but probably best if you do not use it as often as daily.
Keep in mind, this is my opinion because science is not there to back up the popular claims.
I think we can all agree to put on a hangover for your cocktail's genius!
Have you tried it in food? Do you love it on your skin? Let me know in the comments!