Month: September 2016

Is this odd, natural ingredient worth the hype?

Black particles charcoal

This ingredient is more often associated with backyard barbeques than cosmetics, but it’s garnered a lot of attention in recent years. It’s not foreign to us though- it’s been used as a poison remedy for years! In Asia, especially Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan, bamboo charcoal has been a popular filtration medium for centuries. Recently though, especially since 2014, it’s been on the rise in the cosmetic and skin care world. The claims by activated charcoal range from being an exfoliator to acne treatment, but, does it live up to the hype?

In short: it depends.