Activated charcoal has quickly taken the spotlight as the ultimate detoxifier—from digestible supplements, to tooth cleaning, to detoxifying face masks. But is the charcoal face mask just a fad, or is there truth that this black, organic substance can really help you achieve healthier, younger, glowing skin?

History of Charcoal

Though there is some scientific research left to be had, it’s hard to argue with the historical track record and the results experienced by those who incorporate a quality charcoal face mask into their skin care routine. For centuries, charcoal has been used by a myriad of cultures as a staple solution for a variety of problems. It is commonly used in water purification systems, to deodorize strong odors and air borne toxins, and as a medical treatment in both modern and traditional medicine practices to treat a variety of illnesses and medical issues. It also has long roots in the skin care world, dating back to the Chinese Ming Dynasty who would mix this power product with other natural ingredients to create a special, detoxing youth serum for the skin (sounds a lot like our charcoal face masks).

Science behind charcoal for skin care

The best way to understand why charcoal face masks work is to understand how they work. First, the charcoal is broken down from its solid form into a powdered substance that is treated with oxygen. This process “activates” the charcoal by increasing its porosity and making it easy for it to adhere to our skin and work deep within our pores. When applied to the skin, the activated charcoal gets to work. Like a magnet, it attracts dirt, oil, pollutants and other unwanted microparticles sitting in our pores and adheres them to its surface.

The most important part of this process, though, is that while charcoal is great at soaking up toxins, our bodies aren’t quite as good at absorbing charcoal. This means that when you complete your face mask, you’ll know that you’re pulling all of the charcoal—and the dirt and oil that is attached to it—off of your face, eyes, neck and décolleté area.

Do charcoal face masks really work?

The short answer is, yes. For centuries people have benefited from the healing, cleansing experience of charcoal, and those benefits are now being used to keep our skin looking younger and healthier.

Incorporating KNESKO’s Black Pearl Charcoal Face Masks, into your regular skin care routine will help to give an occasional reset to your skin, allowing you to rebalance your complexion, exfoliate your skin’s surface, fight against inflammation and aging, prevent acne breakouts, and leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and renewed. Each face mask is made using sustainable activated bamboo charcoal and is infused with the hydrating powers of black pearls to keep your skin moisturized and your oils in balance. They are also reiki charged and have the power to unlock your root charka, allowing you to feel settled and grounded as you remove what’s no longer serving you or your skin.