Red Algae & Charcoal...the Natural Skin Purifiers!
When you think of Red Algae & charcoal, skincare might not be the first thing that comes to mind but surprisingly, they have quite a few skin benefits to offer! Red Algae is composed of one of the oldest groups of algae in existence and contains over 7,000 species, with the majority residing in freshwater environments. They also play a vital role in the creation of coral reefs and they can be found in a variety of unique environments such as hot springs & acidic environments.
Some of the oldest identified fossils come from red algae. So what does it do exactly for the skin? Red Algae is a rich source of natural polysaccharides with a proven ability to improve the moisture barrier that resides on your skin. This means that moisture is replenished and hydration retention is also increased! Red Algae is also chalked full of antioxidants and natural plant extracts that will not only improve your skin's texture, but provide anti-aging benefits as well :) But one of the best benefits that Red Algae provides is natural anti-acne fighting properties that make it a one-of-a-kind natural acne assassin!
As for charcoal, this lightweight black material is actual composed of carbon and ash and is often created through pyrolysis, or the heating of wood & other substances without the presence of oxygen. Activated charcoal is created with heat in the presence of a particular gas that allows the charcoal develop "pores" which in turn, helps these "pores" trap chemicals.
This is why charcoal works so well at providing natural purification & cleansing properties for the skin! It draws chemicals, dirt, & bacteria out of the skin like a magnet and even helps in treating & disinfecting minor skin wounds and insect bites! Want to give both of these powerful, natural ingredients a try for yourself? Check out The Beauty Closet's top skincare pick that contains both of these awesome ingredients & more- from Dermalogica, below:
The Beauty Closet Recommends
This is hands-down, one of the best daily deep skin cleansers that I've come across. Not only has my face stayed clear, but it's smooth, ultra-soft, & looks super healthy too! This powerful powder exfoliant activates when water is mixed and creates a foaming, dark grey mixture that's then applied to the entire face, releasing powerful enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids, & Dermalogica's new anti-pollution technology.
Activated Binchotan Charcoal purifies the skin by absorbing environmental toxins deep from within skin pores to leave your skin feeling cleansed and rejuvenated :) Simply apply the paste that you've created by first putting a bit of powder in your palm and then adding a couple of teaspoons of water and creating a paste. Gently massage in a circular motion and leave on the skin for up to a minute and then rinse- pat dry.