Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Black is The New White: Redefining Clean

The latest trend involving charcoal as both a cleaning and detoxifying agent is causing quite a stir. For one thing, dark-colored cleaning agents have never been associated with clean.

White has long been associated with the word “clean.” Its pure state has made the color associated with cleanliness: stain free and without blemish. This is why recent trends of using dark ingredients to clean both our faces and our teeth are causing curiosity for a good reason.

The trend has been around for quite sometime now when it was just associated with flushing out toxins from the body a few years back. Today, charcoal has moved from just being a quick remedy against food poisoning, to flushing out toxins from the face. Cleansing your face and whitening your pores have recently been linked to everything dark: charcoal, black soap, clay masks, and skin-saving muds.[1][2]

Some of these ingredients, such as mud and tar, have been around since the time of the pharaohs. But the most recent addition to dark cleansing agents is charcoal. Activated charcoal is a carbon that has been treated with oxygen. It contains millions of small pores that result in a huge surface area that allows charcoal to soak up gases and toxins that they come in contact with.[3]

The interest in charcoal has allowed some to experiment on what better way to use it in terms of personal hygiene, especially in oral and facial care. As studies in charcoal confirm its cleansing benefits, would you be willing to try it for yourself?

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