What Charcoal Does For Skin And Health
Activated charcoal is everywhere. It's in skin care products, supplements, and is gaining more and more popularity. But sometimes it seems like there's a new ingredient popping up that you have to have every week. Well we're going to be looking at activated charcoal, what it is, and what if you introduce it to your health and beauty regimens.
What Is Activated Charcoal?
Activated carbon or activated charcoal is charcoal that has been exposed to a gas, which then increases its absorption abilities. When it becomes "activated" it is amazing at attracting and trapping toxins.
What Does It Do For Your Health?
Activated charcoal is used medicinally to treat poisonings and some claims that it even helps cure hangovers. Chemicals can bind to activated charcoal as opposed to being absorbed by the body, it even works as a natural teeth whitener.
Remember: do not start an activated charcoal regimen without first consulting your doctor. Never try to treat poisoning on your own, always call emergency services.
What Does It Do For Your Skin?
Masks with activated charcoal deep clean pore and treat acne. If you've got only skin, the charcoal can even draw out excess oil without leaving skin dry or irritated. Be sure not to overdo it, once or twice a week is enough.
What Does It Do For Your Hair?
Dry shampoo with activated charcoal removes dirt and buildup, leaving clean, bouncy hair with volume. It can also treat an oily scalp and exfoliate dandruff away.
So Do I Need It?
Whether you choose to use it for hair, skin, or overall health, it's definitely an ingredient that works. You can pick up activated charcoal capsules at your local health store and here are a few beauty products with activated charcoal that are worth a try.
Activated Charcoal Homemade Face Mask
| Ingredients |
• 3 capsules activated charcoal
• 3-4 drops of tea tree oil
• 1 teaspoon of witch hazel
| Instruction |
Combine all the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and mix together using a non-metal poon or tool (cotton swab). Apply to face using cotton ball.
Tip: You can use this as a spot-treatment by applying to specific areas with a cotton swab. Once dry, rinse thoroughly until water and face is clear. Dampen a cotton ball with witch hazel and run over your face to remove any remaining charcoal and allow to dry. Follow up with a facial oil or moisturizer.