Activated Charcoal – The Beauty Benefits


Activated charcoal is appearing to be in so many more beauty

If you didn’t already know the beauty benefits, let me fill you in

 

What Is Activated Charcoal

A natural remedy used to flush toxins and chemicals out of our bodies so they wouldn’t be reabsorbed

Also known as activated carbon

It can be used to treat some types of poisoning or ingestion. As well as the symptoms of indigestion, flatulence and diarrhoea

Made up of a finely milled black powder from coconut shells, bone char, olive pits, coal, sawdust, or other materials

The charcoal is processed with high heat, which “activates” it

This changes its internal structure, making it more porous than regular charcoal

 

Beauty Uses

Teeth Whitening

One of the first main uses I heard about was for teeth whitening

Completely true, tried and tested

You brush your teeth with a charcoal toothpaste or tooth polish and you will see the difference after just a couple of uses

It is suggested that the activated charcoal compound absorbs the plaque and other toxins that stain your teeth

The toothpastes and tooth polish’s don’t taste like charcoal, they still have a minty element added

 

Face Masks

Using a charcoal face mask will give your skin a deep clean, this is especially good for those who regularly wear lots of make up

The charcoal will make your face soft and supple as well as minimise pores

The charcoal binds itself to the oil and dirt on your face and draws them out. It is the dirt and oil which makes your pores appear bigger in the first place

Charcoal on your face is especially good if you suffer from acne

Using these types of masks more than once a week can dry your skin out, so try and restrict how often you use them

If you want some tips on how to look after your skin in the winter months take a look at this post 

 

Hair Volume

A hair purifying kit containing charcoal could be just what your hair needs

If you feel your hair is heavy or lifeless and weighed down, a charcoal purifying shampoo will help

If you don’t want to swap your usual shampoo for this you can try and add a charcoal capsule to it instead

 

Charcoal is not metabolised, adsorbed or absorbed by the body

Seek activated charcoal made from a sustainable source like coconut shells or identified wood species

Binchotan, made purely from Japanese Ubame oak, is known as the crème de la crème of activated charcoals

Charcoals should always be kept in a sealed container as it can absorb any impurities in the air

 

So if you have been contemplating trying it but wasn’t quite sure whether to or not, these are some uses I would definitely recommend

Let me know if use activated charcoal to treat anything, or if there is anything else you can think it is good for?

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Activated Charcoal - The Beauty Benefits

16 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    15/10/2018 / 07:22

    I’ve tried the tooth paste – couldn’t get used to the black clolour though!

  2. bev
    15/10/2018 / 08:22

    Sounds great – I’ll look out for this.

  3. Alica
    15/10/2018 / 08:44

    I have tried a few face masks and face washes but found them all quite drying but it might be just my sensitive skin!

  4. Margaret Clarkson
    15/10/2018 / 08:59

    Fascinating, great to read about this.

  5. Helen B
    15/10/2018 / 09:01

    I have tried charcoal toothpastes 🙂

  6. Nicola Marshall
    15/10/2018 / 09:34

    I have used the face mask and nose strips and loved them both.

  7. Annabel Greaves
    15/10/2018 / 12:46

    Looks like a great product

  8. Amy simpson
    15/10/2018 / 18:25

    Ive tried charcoal toothpaste,but didn’t like it

  9. Mary Heckles
    15/10/2018 / 22:24

    I never realised all the benefits of charcoal!

  10. A S,Edinburgh
    15/10/2018 / 22:43

    It’s fascinating that it can help in so many ways. Everyone should be very careful with any treatments that might involve ingesting it, though, as it can absorb medications, so do check with your doctor that it’s safe for you first.

  11. Tracey Hallmark
    16/10/2018 / 00:29

    Like the sound of the toothpaste I’ll definitely be trying it out, is there a particular brand that does it or are there lots to use from do you know. I’ll be passing on the benefits to my sister too who is an acne sufferer.

  12. bev
    18/10/2018 / 07:43

    I wasn’t impressed with the performance of charcoal toothpaste.

  13. sarah m
    18/10/2018 / 17:10

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll be sure to give it a try!

  14. Sarah Russell
    19/10/2018 / 00:55

    Great tips! l had no idea Charcoal could be used like this!.

  15. Heather Haigh
    20/10/2018 / 00:53

    As someone with multiple food intolerances, I always keep some activated charcoal capsules on hand to ease bloating if I inadverantly eat something that doesn’t agree. Just got some for my teeth in a tub too.

  16. William Gould
    20/10/2018 / 07:53

    This is a very interesting read which I shall go through with my wife later!

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