In Egypt, activated charcoal has been used as a traditional form of medicine for centuries and is considered to be the ‘universal antidote’. While we may be a little slow on the uptake, Western culture is finally embracing this phenomenon for its incredible ability to rid the body of toxins.
A potent natural treatment, activated charcoal – with its proposed multitude of benefits – is being used in the health and beauty industry as an alternative to chemically produced ingredients.
From lowering cholesterol, to reducing bloating, even preventing hangovers, activated charcoal may be a high-profiling trend, but the question is, what exactly is it?
Activated charcoal (or carbon) from coconut shell or coal, has been processed at extremely high temperatures to change its internal structure.
This process results in the activated form of charcoal becoming incredibly porous and increases the surface area available for adsorption. This means, it has the ability to bind, trap and remove pollutants from an affected area, before they have had a chance to be absorbed.
Commonly used as an antidote for drug overdose or internal poisoning, activated charcoal has long been the cheap summer dresses global remedy for counteracting the ingestion of harmful ingredients and has been praised for its detoxifying abilities.
Working as a binding agent, products containing activated charcoal are designed to adhere to compounds that would otherwise be absorbed by the skin, hair or teeth and cause unwanted impurities or discolouration.