We spend a lot of time discussing harmful ingredients but what about beneficial ingredients? Today let’s chat about activated charcoal.
If you’ve not seen charcoal trending you may be living under a rock. Seriously though, it’s the new super star in the beauty world. Perhaps “new” isn’t the right word because using charcoal for skin benefits isn’t new it’s just getting loads of media attention right now. Perhaps you got a lump of “coal” in your stocking this year and it wasn’t because you were bad? With charcoal popping up in toothpaste, deodorant, and face masks everywhere, here is why you should jump on this beauty trend!
This week we discussed detoxing your skin and charcoal is great for just that! Charcoal can be used on all skin types for deep cleaning. Activated charcoal works to purify the skin by pulling out impurities. Activated charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. When the carbon in activated charcoal comes into contact with impurities, it soaks up the sheen on your face. If you struggle with oily skin, activated charcoal may help to balance things out. This is why when you use the No. 3 Balancing mask from Beautycounter, as the mask dries you can see the spots of oil being absorbed into the charcoal and then rinsed away! Using a mask or a charcoal cleansing bar will help to draw out toxins and eliminate excess sebum from your complexion. Did you know, you can also use your Balancing mask to spot treat acne and black heads? If you’d prefer to do a spot treatment for quick results in trouble areas, cover the area with the mask, let dry for 10 minutes and cleanse as usual. This is a great method if you are struggling with dry skin patches but still have just a few trouble spots. It will allow you to treat the area without drying out the places that need extra moisture. If you’re looking for a fresh faced glow, activated charcoal aids in the exfoliation process with its natural texture while helping to remove bacteria with its antimicrobial properties which may prevent skin infections.
But activated charcoal isn’t just for skin! If you are looking for a natural alternative to whiter teeth, look no further. Many brands such as Schmidt’s and Pro Teeth Whitening (Best Seller on Amazon!) are touting the benefits of activated charcoal for teeth whitening. Just take a look on Pinterest and you will find numerous DIY whitening recipes using activated charcoal. The activated charcoal binds to toxins and helps remove stains. Activated charcoal can even be helpful for the pH balance and health of your mouth, resulting in fewer cavities and better breath!
I’ve been privy to the above benefits of activated charcoal for some time but I picked up a few other tips while researching it. Here are a few more benefits (always check with your doctor before ingesting activated charcoal; it is not recommended for pregnant women)
- Gas & Bloating
- General Digestion
- Acute poisoning or overdose (for use by medical professionals)
- Neutralize Odors
- Bug Bites
So do you use activated charcoal in your routine? Did any of these uses Surprise you?