Why you need activated charcoal in your beauty routine, and how to use it!
Our love affair with activated charcoal is well documented. These little black capsules lend themselves to so many uses internally, externally and around the home, it’s no wonder we keep a bottle or two handy at all times. With summer weather at its peak, charcoal is what we’re turning to to detox our skin, clear pores, and refresh from sweltering sunny days. Today we’re sharing everything you’ve ever wanted to know about activated charcoal, plus a skin-clearing face mask DIY to breathe life into congested skin. Read on for all the details:
What is it? Activated charcoal is actually activated carbon that has been charged to give it a low-volume, absorbent and porous structure. Most often ground into a super fine black powder and sold in capsule form, when used in health and beauty treatments, activated charcoal absorbs internal and external impurities, toxins and chemicals (it’s estimated that activated charcoal reduces the absorption of poisons up to 60%). Activated charcoal is often used in soaps to draw impurities from the skin and is used in large doses in some emergency rooms to treat certain types of poisoning.
* Activated charcoal is not the same as charcoal for your grill… Please don’t make a face mask out of charcoal briquettes…
What are the benefits? Activated charcoal’s porous nature allows it to absorb toxins within the body, making it ideal to have handy in your bag in case of stomach upset or nausea caused by food (be sure to drink lots of water, as A.C. can also dehydrate). Its ability to absorb also comes in handy as a skin purifier and light exfoliant and has been shown to whiten teeth, and relieve bug bites and stings.
How do I use it?
– Take two capsules of AC within two hours before or after eating to relieve gas, bloating, and nausea (this should only be done occasionally, as A.C. can diminish your body’s absorption of vitamins)
– Dip a wet toothbrush into AC and brush to whiten teeth (just be sure to rinse!)
– Mix 1 capsule of AC with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and dab on bug bites and bee stings
– Mix 1 capsule of AC with aloe vera gel and dab on acne
Activated Charcoal Face Mask
3 capsules activated charcoal
3-4 drops tea tree oil
1 tsp witch hazel
Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and mix together using a non-metal spoon or tool (I used a cotton swab). Apply to face using a cotton ball, avoiding eye area, and allow to dry completely. Tip: you can also 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 (it might take a little while, you can help things along by using a damp washcloth and Moon Rivers Naturals Activated Charcoal + Himalayan Salt Soap).
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.
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