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The many benefits and uses for activated charcoal have kept beauty experts buzzing for years. And why wouldn’t they?! Its awesome healing powers have been shown to reduce acne, tighten & smooth pores, and even out skin complexion. Plus it’s super strong adsorptive strength makes it ideal for medicinal purposes, like removing poisons or drugs accidentally ingested into the body.

So what is activated charcoal? Don’t worry, the kind of charcoal I’m talking about has nothing to do with ashes from the BBQ pit. This type of charcoal is food-grade, meaning safe to ingest or use topically, and it is derived from coconut shells, wood, or peat. According to WebMD, charcoal becomes activated when it is heated in the presence of gas. This gas causes the charcoal to expand and develop lots of large internal spaces, or “pores” that trap chemicals.

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Up Your Beauty Game

There are a ton of uses for activated charcoal, but here are some major reasons why and how it can easily be added to your beauty regimen.

For Glowing Skin

The porous surface of activated charcoal contains a negative electric charge that attracts toxins and impurities from your pores, leaving skin clean and radiant. Achieve the look of smaller pores and detoxify your skin by mixing activated charcoal (powder or pill form) with aloe vera gel for a face mask that pulls out excess oil and sebum.

For a Brighter Smile

Believe it or not, activated charcoal can be an excellent way to naturally remove pesky coffee & tea stains. Just wet your toothbrush and dip it into powdered activated charcoal.  Brush for at least 3 minutes, twice a week, paying particular attention to stained areas.  Be warned, this stuff can get pretty messy and stain grout & fabric, make sure to properly clean all surfaces after use.

For Healthy Hair & Scalp 

AC not only cleanses and adds volume to your hair, but it’s also great for treating dandruff and itchy scalp. Add a teaspoon to your shampoo for a clarifying deep clean that won’t dry out your hair. (yay!) Repeat the rinse to remove any leftover charcoal. Don’t sacrifice the health of your skin by adding new chemicals to your face, give activated charcoal a try next time there’s a beauty blunder, the results just might surprise you.

Still wondering where to get started? Here a few activated charcoal products I’ve personally tried with great results:

Freeman’s Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask: I love how smooth my skin feels after using this!

Hardwood Activated Charcoal Powder: My definite, all-purpose, beauty must-have!

Madina Activated Charcoal Bar Soap: I use this daily, and my skin is noticeably less oily.

Brianna Drisdale

November 27, 2016

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