Who would have thought we would be washing our faces and brushing our teeth with charcoal? However, that is exactly what we are doing and our skin is grateful, clear, and nourished. This week’s spotlight is on our Activated Charcoal Facial Bar. When I set out to create our Activated Charcoal Bar, I had one goal in mind; create a bar that would help people with troubled skin.
I researched and read about many options for clarifying skin, shrinking pores, smoothing texture and pulling out environmental toxins. The one ingredient I kept returning to that tweaked my interest was activated bamboo charcoal. Why bamboo charcoal, you may ask? Compared to regular charcoal, bamboo charcoal has ten times more surface area and is four times stronger in its absorption rate. The porous structure of bamboo charcoal provides countless tiny holes that effectively absorb odors, moisture, and oil.
The benefits of using activated bamboo charcoal on the skin are: smaller pores, removal of dead skin cells, absorption of excess oil, removal of dirt and environmental toxins and unclogging pores. Those are the benefits from just one ingredient. When paired with raw, natural goat’s milk and tea tree oil, this is a power house of acne fighting, skin nourishing, antibacterial skin care.
The Activated Charcoal Facial Bar is intended for daily use; however, one must keep in mind one’s individual skin needs. The Activated Charcoal Bar can be drying so I recommend its use as needed. If you feel it is too drying for daily use, I recommend every other day with the use of Simply Goat’s Milk in conjunction with the charcoal bar. Also, a good moisturizer aids in hydration and deterrent of excess oil production. We not only want to remove dirt, oil and toxins; we want to moisturize and nourish as well.
As a teenager, I did not understand that I needed to moisturize as well as remove dirt and toxins. I simply stripped my skin of its natural barriers and in turn had to deal with excess oil. With age, comes wisdom and better skin…and then wrinkles, age spots, and crepey skin but that is another Tuesday Spotlight in the making.
Partnering the activated charcoal bar with our Activated Charcoal Scrub is lux skincare at its best. I use organic castile soap, our fresh, raw goat’s milk, activated bamboo charcoal, poppy seeds, and a number of nutrient packed, skin loving oils to create a nourishing, toning, brightening scrub. Again, one has to determine the correct usage rate for one’s skin preferences. I recommend using the scrub one to three times a week depending on your skin’s needs. The scrub can be used as a cleanser or it can be left on for ten minutes and used as a nourishing mask. Again, I recommend following with a good facial moisturizer.
Which leads me to our Facial Moisturizer with Frankincense, Myrrh, and Rose Geranium oils. I went for the heavy hitters in the essential oils world and combined the three oils with the most renowned skin care benefits. Combined with soothing, nourishing goat’s milk this moisturizer brightens, moisturizes, and feeds skin of all ages. It is so nourishing and moisturizing my bibbed wearing buddy uses it on his dry, cracked hands in the winter. We also use it on our ladies’ udders when they become dry and irritated. Although it smells of rose because of the rose geranium oil, the scent dissipates quickly. You may also experience what I call the frankincense tingle. This quickly alleviates as well.
*With that being said, please exercise common sense and use all products with caution, care and always spot test to insure you don’t react. Although my products are pure and natural, the possibility is always present that you may react.
As always, the Tuesday Spotlight is on sale this week for 50% off on the website. We also offer the discount at the Ligonier Country Market and Murrysville Farmer’s Market. This is a good opportunity to try a new skin care regiment, sample products, or stock up on fundamentals. Stay safe, stay smart, take care of your skin, and continue to wash your hands.
*Thank you Ms. Jane Thompson for the support, following, and idea for the Tuesday Spotlight