If you are on a mission to switch to more natural skincare products, activated charcoal is a very good first step. This blog post will help you understand a little more about charcoal and how it can be used on your skin.
What is Activated Charcoal?
To start with, activated charcoal is actually activated carbon, which is processed to have certain chemical reactions. There is a powdered version of it that is safe to use on your skin, and offers some amazing benefits.
Benefits of Charcoal for Your Skin
Removing Chemicals from Your Drinking Water
You can buy a filter that contains activated charcoal to use on your kitchen’s faucet. The activated charcoal filter will capture debris such as metallic sediments or chemicals such as chlorine. It is also possible to buy water pitchers that have activated charcoal filters, or you can use a small water bottle that has an activated charcoal filter. Removing the toxins from your drinking water will help you to feel better.
Cleansing the Skin to Prevent Blemishes
If you have blemishes such as pimples or blackheads, then you can use an activated charcoal facial mask. As this mask dries on your face, it absorbs impurities to improve the condition of your skin. Experts recommend using a charcoal activated facial mask once a month to eliminate acne.
Decreasing Intestinal Gas
When you suffer from chronic intestinal gas, not only is it embarrassing, but also, you will feel bloated and uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can buy activated charcoal capsules that you can ingest after a meal to reduce your problems from intestinal gas. Make sure to follow the directions on the package of this activated charcoal product.
Removing Discolorations from Dental Enamel
If your teeth look dingy from smoking cigarettes or eating certain foods, then you can use activated charcoal dental care products to remove ugly stains from your teeth. You can find mouthwash or toothpaste that contains activated charcoal that will absorb the stains from your teeth, leading to a whiter and more attractive smile. You can often find little containers of activated charcoal in powder form to clean and whiten your teeth. Typically you just wet your toothbrush, then brush your teeth with the charcoal and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off.
Always look closely to make sure your activated charcoal is authentic and doesn’t contain other additives you don’t want on your skin or teeth.
Making Your Own Charcoal Skincare Products
Using charcoal alone to make a DIY mask might be disastrous if you don’t know how to go about it. Many people use activated charcoal because it is treated charcoal to increase the adsorptive ability. This means that will stick together when combined with other things when creating the mask.
Being an inert ingredient, charcoal is less likely to cause irritation or allergic reaction when used on skin. Charcoal can be used for creating a hair mask to a face mask. Here are some DIY face masks you can create for yourself. You can get activated charcoal at a drug store near you.
Charcoal Used as a Cleansing Scrub
You will mix a 1/2 tablespoon of activated charcoal powder and half a tablespoon of rose water and half tablespoon of fine grain sea salt.
The benefit of using these ingredients is that the sea salt will help to fight bacteria and acne. Charcoal will aid in cleansing and detox your skin cells. You might find the consistency a little bit runny. You can add more of the ingredients as you see best.
DIY Activated Charcoal Face Mask
You will require.
One tsp water
Half tsp honey
Half tsp Bentonite Clay
Two drops of lavender essential oil
One tsp activated Charcoal Powder,
One drop of tea tree essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a container. Once done, apply generously to your face, avoiding the mouth and eyes. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Afterwards, if need be, you can add a small drop of coconut oil or olive oil to moisturize your skin.
A Simple Charcoal Face Mask
The amounts you will use depend on how much you want to make. Add water a little bit at a time, mixing well to get the right consistency.
Add charcoal to a bowl and add water until the consistency is that of pudding. Put a thin layer of oil on your face and apply the mask to your face using your fingers or cotton ball. Allow it to sit for 10 to 30 minutes, or an hour but spritz some water so that it doesn’t dry and crack. Rinse your face with warm water and apply oil to moisturize your skin.
Make sure when doing the facial mask that your clothes are covered, the counters as well. If you get it on anything, use baking soda and dish soap in warm water to scrub it off. On your laundry, add baking soda to clean the paste off.
When used once a week or twice a day, your skin is guaranteed to feel refreshed, soft, firm and glowing. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, use the face mask wisely. Do the mask only when you notice that your face needs a revamp.