When I think of charcoal, I think of coal, which makes me think of my childhood fear of Santa leaving me coal in my stocking and I get all kinds of nervous. Sweating, increased heart rate, stomach palpitations, you name it! Anyways… Coal, charcoal, activated charcoal specifically, has got the beauty industry going coo coo for coco puffs! You’ve probably seen folks with really black faces on TV, the internet & maybe even in your own home. Your daughter, son or even you are on this train. Activated charcoal is being added to cleansers, face masks & anything else for that matter due to its ability to absorb toxins and pollutants from your skin. But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be?
Activated charcoal, has been used in hospitals for years using to treat alcohol poisoning & drug overdoses. It is also used to whiten teeth, prevent cavities, aid gum disease, treat hangovers, remove mold, help with water filtration and even digestive cleansing. Seemingly you can use activated charcoal for anything except lighting up your BBQ grill – you’ll have to use regular coal for that!
Activated charcoal attaches to toxins like a magnet to attract and absorb anything that’s bad in your body! So for alcohol poisoning, the activated charcoal would attach to the alcohol and absorb it! The same theory applies to your face… except in this case it would attract and absorb the dirt, oil and pollutants that cling to your skin. When used on your skin, activated charcoal promises to help rid of:
- Dark spots
- Clogged pores
- Bacterial infections on your skin
- Bite sores & wounds
… and really anything that inhibits you from having a flawless complexion.
You can certainly buy the latest activated charcoal masks and cleansers on the market, but you can also make your own really easily –
Just mix a capsule of activated charcoal, 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite clay & 1 1/2 teaspoons of water. Remove the charcoal after 10 minutes.
Beware – Activated charcoal in its purest form is SUPER black and stains quickly and easily!
For those of you who have your shoes in your oven and anything kitchen related is not your thing, there are definitely some great products on the market to do just the trick –
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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – 581 5-star reviews!
This mask draws oil and dirt from your pores, reduces breakouts and minimizes the appearance of pores.
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Yes to Tomatoes – 96% of folks would recommend this product to their friends!
This bar of soap helps with facial and body acne issues! It works to rid your skin of any impurities.
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Julep Konjec Sponge – Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner
This bad boy is infused with activated charcoal powder! You’ll just soften it with water before use and rub it over your clean, damp face in a circular motion, then rinse. (no need to use with a cleanser of any kind)
Do you have an activated charcoal cleanser or product you’re absolutely loving? Let us know in the comments below!