Let’s all agree:
Activated charcoal is arguably one of the most amazing natural ingredients we have at our disposal when it comes to our beauty routines. You might have known about the benefits that activated charcoal carries with regards to poisoning and odor issues, but do you know how to use it for the rest of your body?
We’ve done your homework for you, eliminating the guessing game, so that you can start reaping the rewards straight away.
For the uninitiated: Activated charcoal (also known as activated carbon) is best known for its amazing ability to remove toxins from your body, although the medicinal ingredient is widely used as a tooth whitening agent and skin cleanser too.
So what’s the best ways to use activated charcoal for your body? Read out top three uses to find out.
3 Ways Activated Charcoal Benefits Your Body
- Activated Charcoal Fights Psoriasis and Eczema
Eczema just isn’t your friend, no matter which way you look at it. If you’re not familiar with the condition, eczema is a skin problem that causes your derma to dry out and become unbearably itchy. One way of tackling the problem is by using a good, natural face scrub combined with activated charcoal soap.
Think down the lines of a home-made coffee scrub here backed up with the goodness of natural activated charcoal soap bars. The two ingredients will help restore your skin’s moisture levels and get rid of dead skin cells, leaving you with supple skin that’s soft to the touch.
- Activated Charcoal Fights Yellow Stains on Your Teeth
We love the idea of using activated charcoal as a teeth whitener, albeit it does look gross when you put the technique into practice, so you might want to avoid checking yourself out in the mirror for this one. You’ll need a toothbrush, a little toothpaste, and an activated charcoal tablet. You can go ahead and use activated charcoal tablets, but you’ll need to crush it up real fine before mixing using it.
Once you’ve opened up your charcoal cap, dump its contents onto a paper towel, and then proceed to apply your toothpaste to your toothbrush in the same way that you normally would. Next, dip your toothbrush into the activated charcoal powder, covering the toothpaste with the black powder.
All you have to do then is brush your teeth as you normally would and then rinse when you’re done. Brushing your teeth with this mix once or twice a day should land you some pretty shiny results in about a week’s time
- Activated Charcoal Doubles Up as a Makeup Remover
Toxins… the stuff we get exposed to everyday via the air we breathe and the foods we consume. Toxins tend to reap havoc in the one place you really don’t need them to air…your complexion. The good news is that with a simple home-made activated charcoal face mask, you can rid your skin of unwanted toxins, plus it’s an amazing makeup removing mask too!
To whip up this mask, you’ll need:
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder
1 teaspoon of water (or rosewater)
1 teaspoon of Aloe-Vera gel
5 drops of tea tree oil
A pinch of sea salt
You’re going to go ahead and mix all of those ingredients until you get a smooth consistency, and then apply the mixture to your face in a thin, even coat. Allow the mask to dry and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Remember to do a spot test first in order to eliminate the risk of breakouts, although the mask is safe for most skin types. You’ll be left with smooth, clear, and soft skin that feels like it can finally breathe again after using this mask!
Activated charcoal has an abundance of benefits that you can score from, but you need to know how to use it in the right way. We’ve shown you three weird ways you can use activated charcoal to the benefit of your overall health, so isn’t it time you started using what nature as already placed on a silver plate for you?