Skincare trends – charcoal and ferments / bio actives

This year, it seemed to us that the trend for skincare was a focus on quality formulations and hydration. That hasn’t changed.

The surprise is the quiet rise of bio active or probiotic skincare formulations and the increasing use of charcoal in masks and cleansers.

What do we mean by bio active ingredients?

Bio active can mean many things. For some ; it means natural or organic ingredients. For others it means that skincare formulations given that label have been designed to break down more easily and with less synthetic ingredients.

Other people take a different approach ; probiotic = skin loving bacteria – the positive side of bacterial action on skin. So in the same way people drink probiotic yoghurt drinks or kombucha ; we can use good bacteria to ferment natural ingredients to make it more absorbable and beneficial for the body.

Why bother?

Fermentation breaks down natural ingredients into enzymes and proteins which releases more energy and are biologically closer in structure or are precursors to enzymes and neurotransmitters in the body. This makes them more beneficial for several reasons :

  • It breaks proteins into smaller peptide chains for easier absorption in the body
  • Carbohydrates and fats – while not losing all their structure are partly converted into easier digestible sugars. This works with enzymes and transmitters used in metabolic processes to create better energy burning and release mechanisms in the body.’
  • Enzymes formed in the fermentation process are existent in actual neurotransmitters such as tryptophan for serotonin and are also often precursors to similar or other signaling processes.
  • Micro proteins or peptides broken down from milk and oats form amides similar in structure to proteins existent on the skin layer
  • Simply put ; they absorb better, help the body stay in better balance when properly researched and formulated and make you feel good.

Why Charcoal ?

Charcoal has been used for many years for removing toxins.

It can adsorb lead acetate, strychnine, DDT, many drugs (including cocaine, iodine, penicillin, aspirin, phenobarbital), and inorganic substances (chlorine, lead, and mercury). Activated charcoal powder is basically charcoal heated and ground to very fine dust.

Activated charcoal powder can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and other chemicals; thus it renders them ineffective and harmless. As this absorption ability is one of the major benefits of activated charcoal, this substance is routinely used in hospitals and by physicians. It is even used for toxins as powerful as snake venom and scorpion  / venomous spider bites and stings.  Placed on skin , it can draw out impurities and toxins and has become so popular for both men and womens skincare recently  – you can’t miss it in stores.


Feel free to try it.



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