Charcoal is synonymous with detoxifying. So, what’s charcoal. You know what it is, it’s basically carbon superheated without the presence of oxygen. In the Demani Skincare case we use burnt coconut fibres from renewable sources.
The idea behind activated charcoal is its ability to attract and adhere to other substances, particularly chemicals and water. That’s why your filter on your sink has activated charcoal in it to purify drinking water. Even in your fish tank, for those of you who have a fish tank. The water percolates through the charcoal and it removes toxins. We use activated charcoal in some type of wound care where we can get toxins out of the skin and out of some type of wounds. There is a great use for charcoal in emergency rooms where after ingestion of certain poisons doctors give doses of activated charcoal tablets to extract those poisons from the stomach.
When we apply charcoal as skincare, we make use of its ability to purify and extract all kind of toxins from the skin. Environmental debris as well as bacterial by-products. We don’t just associate wounds to those only are visible to the naked eye, like acne and skin blemishes. There are numerous microscopic wounds created by environmental damage, dust, abrasives and even rubbing your hand on your face can cause trauma. In these wounds bacteria that lives in our skin will gain access through our otherwise sealed and intact skin barrier. The bacteria will not only compete for nutrients in the skin but also produce bacterial waste by-products that are irritating and cause cellular inflammation. The combination of the two will cause deterioration in the overall quality of the skin, blemishes, ruddy texture to the skin and significantly add to premature aging.
When we apply charcoal mask on the skin, we try to detox that skin and give a helping hand to our dermis, epidermis and keratin layers to recover from those extra stressors. Activated charcoal molecules are large and don’t penetrate through the skin or get into your circulation. However, when the skin is broken, as is the case in blemishes and those environmental micro-abrasion wounds then the charcoal does its party piece. Activated charcoal sits on top of the skin and in the cervices of our skin layers, including those open pores and wounds and start fighting bacterial build up while at the same time attracting toxins into its activated core. When rinsed off, the skin feels deeply cleansed, soft and rejuvenated for up to a week.
Unlike other charcoal masks that dry up and harden on the face then you peel them off, this Demani Clarity Masque is washed off. You see when you peel off the hardened mask which already got stuck to the top keratin layer of your face you only but cause further damage to the skin. Damage in the form of abrasive trauma and even peeling off your top keratin skin layer off with it. We don’t want that! It defies the reason why we are using charcoal in the first place. You’re better off just gently washing it away with all the toxins it holds.
We recommend using charcoal once a week leaving it on the cleansed face for 15-20 minutes and rinsing it off.