Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment for drug overdose or poisoning. It helps to trap toxins and chemicals inside the body and help them flush out. We know that charcoal is made from wood, coal and other natural substances. Activated charcoal is a charcoal that is not the same substance which you use for barbeque. It is made by treating them with high temperature and oxygen and other activating agents to increase its ability to absorb.
It has countless benefits and uses for your health, skin and for enhancing beauty. As activated charcoal absorbs toxins, it acts as good cleanser and detoxifier. The commercial products you use contain chemicals and leaves negative impact on your skin and health. Activated charcoal on the other hand can reduce body’s chemical load and enhance your beauty.
Activated charcoal contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which makes it hugely beneficial ingredient in beauty routine.
Here Are The 5 Best Ways To Use Activated Charcoal In Your Beauty Routine:
1. Cleanses The Skin Deeply
Throughout the day, toxins from the environment clog the pores and make your skin susceptible to acne, blackheads and blemishes. Activated charcoal acts like a magnet for absorbing dirt and oil. Coming in contact with carbon, the activated charcoal pulls the dirt and oil from the pores and makes them less visible. Here is face mask made with activated charcoal and coconut oil and other ingredients for a super cleansing formula.
You Will Need
Organic coconut oil -1 cup
Charcoal capsules -6
Rosemary essential oil- 5 drops
Lavender oil-5 drops
Break open 2 charcoal capsules by slightly pulling them apart in a bowl. Add baking soda, coconut oil and essential oil and mix thoroughly. To apply, moisten your face with a wet and warm washcloth and then massage the pack on your skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Then remove the cleanser using a wet wash cloth. This cleansing pack will provide hydration and leave your skin clean and moisturized. Regular use will help to make your skin free of blemishes, blackheads and wrinkles.
2. Gently Exfoliates
The texture of charcoal is an excellent natural and gentle exfoliator. By exfoliating dead skin cells that block the pores and makes the skin appear dull, this scrub will help to speed up healthy skin turnover, prevent occurrence of acne and blemishes and brighten up your skin.
5-6 activated charcoal capsules
½ cup rose water
5 drops lavender essential oil
Open the charcoal capsules carefully. Add rose water and essential oil. Mix well and apply on your entire face and neck. Scrub gently with your fingers. Leave it on your skin for 15-20 minutes and wash off using a damp wash cloth.
3. Balances Oily Skin
Activated charcoal mask can pull unwanted excess oil that makes the skin prone to acne and blemishes and makes it feel smooth.
Activated charcoal powder – 2 tablespoon
Fuller’s earth – 2 tablespoon
Aloe Vera gel – 1 tbsp.
Jojoba oil – 1 tbsp
Mix all the ingredients using little distilled water and apply on your entire face and neck. Along with pulling excess oil, dirt and impurities, this mask will help to balance your skin, neither too dry nor excess oily. This mask is also suitable for all skin types.
4. Whitens Teeth
Activated charcoal powder can be used to clean and whiten teeth with your regular toothpaste or you can make your own tooth powder by adding other natural ingredients helpful for killing bacteria and freshen up your mouth. It helps to lift plaque, stains of coffee, nicotine and wine. But it won’t help to bleach your teeth, if they are naturally yellow. Try this recipe for making your own homemade tooth powder.
¾ tsp. activated charcoal
2 tbsp. baking soda
4 tbsp. bentonite clay
1tsp. unrefined sea salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon powder
½ tsp. clove powder
1tsp. stevia powder (optional)
5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all the ingredients in a jar. Use a little on your wet toothbrush every day to clean your teeth.
5. Removes Toxins From Hair
Just like your skin, activated charcoal can help you to get rid off oil, dirt, toxins from hair and even unpleasant odor leaving your hair deep clean with no residue of chemicals. This also helps to bring relief from dandruff, itchy scalp and redness. When toxins and chemical residues are removed from your hair, your hair feels lighter and appears voluminous. You can buy a readymade charcoal shampoo or make it on your own,
½ tsp. activated charcoal powder
1 tsp. borax
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of warm water
Add these ingredients to your regular shampoo, shake well and use on your wet hair as usual. Allow it to work for few minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water.
You can purify your body from head to toe with activated charcoal and look beautiful.