Coal is not just coal. One is dirty and is mainly used for grilling - the other for cleaning skin and teeth. We are talking here about activated carbon, which with its unique properties is already widely used in our everyday lives. It owes this to its huge surface area due to its porous form. One gram of activated carbon has an inner surface area as large as an entire soccer field - several thousand square meters! Crazy!
What is activated carbon?
Activated carbon is obtained from plants and consists mainly of carbon. When burned in a vacuum, the activated carbon takes on its black color and is activated by oxygen, oxygen mixtures, water vapor or carbon dioxide after combustion. The result of the process is an extremely porous structure: the numerous small pores increase the surface area of the activated carbon and thus provide excellent conditions for absorption. This means that the carbon particles are able to bind other substances such as toxins, chemicals and also odor molecules on their surface. Because of this unique property, activated carbon is used in more areas of our lives than we are currently aware of./p>
Activated carbon in cosmetics
Many cosmetics manufacturers have discovered the black powder for themselves. In face masks, activated carbon draws the sebum out of the pores. As an ingredient in soaps, it removes toxins from the skin and has an antibacterial effect. In toothpaste, activated carbon has the open-pored effect of a sponge: dirt particles and bacteria contained in plaque are bound by the high absorption capacity and the teeth are thus gently and thoroughly cleaned. It is even used in deodorants because it can reliably absorb sweat and neutralize unpleasant odors.
- Activated carbon in the shampoo: Gentle but deep cleaning of the hair, as all residues of styling products and dirt are thoroughly rinsed out.
- In toothpastes, activated carbon helps to remove discoloration. Without abrasives or chemical bleaching agents, it is possible to whiten teeth without damaging the enamel.
- Activated carbon in peeling: Ideal for deep cleansing of the facial skin, activated carbon is also used there. The talent of drawing dirt particles out of the pores like a suction cup is unique.
- As our skin pores age, they lose their elasticity and appear larger. Face masks with activated carbon can help against this: Clay minerals and activated carbon powder cleanse the pores and free them from sebum.
- Activated carbon in the shower gel: The carbon absorbs dirt particles - up to 200 times its own weight!
Activated carbon in the toothpaste
The idea behind the black toothpaste is the sponge principle: Bacteria and dirt particles are bound by the high absorbency of the wonder charcoal and the teeth become sparkling clean. The use of activated carbon dates back to ancient Egypt, where charcoal soap was already used for cleaning and disinfection. In some parts of the world, e.g. Africa and Asia, people still brush their teeth with ashes and charcoal from burning wood.
But be careful! Not every activated carbon toothpaste contains coal.
Many toothpastes are merely mixed with coloring soot, so that they obviously correspond to the beauty trend. So watch out: Take a look at the ingredients and search for the word "charcoal" or "charcoal powder". This way you can definitely be sure that charcoal is included. On the other hand, it's best to keep your fingers off products with the ingredient "Carbon Black". Behind this name hides industrial soot, which according to the International Agency for Cancer Research may be classified as carcinogenic.
Our SuperBlack toothpaste is not comparable with the use of pure activated carbon powder, which may have a more aggressive effect on the tooth surfaces. Compared to some other whitening toothpastes, SuperBlack does not contain abrasive particles, which can rub off the enamel if used frequently and counteract discoloration very aggressively. The SuperBlack toothpaste provides gentle whitening of the teeth without aggressive abrasives and is tested according to the EU Cosmetics Regulation and is safe to use.