If you think that the idea of rubbing gritty black stuff on your body is a little’well un-glamorous, then you’ll be seeing things in a new light after reading how activated charcoal can boost your skin and hair’s heath!
Most of us long for simpler routines, more natural approaches to keeping ourselves looking radiant, and of course, a cheaper approach for vibrant-looking skin. The good news is that activated charcoal delivers all of that, in one single dose.
Activated charcoal has a lot of uses and can benefit the body in a bunch of ways, but today, we’ll just focus on 5 amazing (and super simple) beauty uses that you can start benefiting from TODAY!
P.S. – We know that activated charcoal gets used in hospitals and emergency rooms to treat cases of poisoning and such, but these issues are non-life-or-death matters. You know conditions like facial breakouts and hair that tends to reap havoc. Here’s how to make the most of it’
5 Ingenious Ways to use Activated Charcoal
1. In a Face Mask
Activated charcoal can literally pull out the gunk that’s lodged in your pores, which is why it’s a great idea to use it in a face mask to help you purify your skin. When used roughly 3 times a week on a continual basis, you’ll be able to see smoother skin, reduced pore sizes, and of course, a reduced tendency to break out.
2. As a Shampoo
Sounds odd right? The problem is that there are so many shampoos out there that are crammed full of sulfate (which are terrible for the good heath of your hair by the way), which leads to more and more of us seeking out more natural approached to cleaning our crowns. The other issue at play here is the fact that the natural approaches (like using baking soda only) are super time-consuming, and they take forever to start showing real results.
You can make your own activated charcoal soap bar for this, or just pick up a bar at the local health shop. Whichever way you decide to go, you’ll be left with shinier, smoother, and more manageable hair from the first use!
3. In a Body Scrub
You probably already know how good D.I.Y body scrubs work, especially when thinking along the lines of a coffee scrub, but have you ever considered using a little-activated charcoal in a body scrub to give your skin a fresh breath of air? Just as your body needs and appreciates the routine internal detox, your skin could probably also do with a good detox session. By mixing a few teaspoons of activated charcoal into a homemade body scrub, you can boost its effectiveness by tenfold!
4. To Treat Oily Skin
A healthy glow is one of the best telltale signs of internal health, but to be frank, an oily glow is nobody’s cup of tea. Luckily you can use activate charcoal to balance out the excessive oil levels of the skin.
Activated charcoal will help get rid of excess oils in the skin, leaving you with a smoother, more evened out complexion. This can also help prevent the occurrence of blackheads since excessive oils and dirt combination lead to nasty breakouts. To avoid drying out the skin, you can use an activated charcoal face
mask about once a week.
Not sure how to mix up the mask? Check out this post from Body Unburdened.
5. To Soothe Skin Irritations
Look: Activated charcoal works amazingly well at treating insect bites and cuts, but we’re hoping that you’re NOT reading because you’ve been insulted by nature. On a lighter note, if you’re looking for a way to soothe a skin irritation, then you’ve found it.
Activated carbon is a great natural way to treat inflammation and it also promotes wound healing, not to mention the fact that it also soothes and relieves the pain from skin irritations.
To treat cuts and scrapes (well, bee stings and insect bites too), you can mix a little-activated charcoal powder with Aloe Vera gel to form a smooth paste. Apply the mix to the affected area and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.
And there you have it! 5 amazing uses for activated charcoal and 5 blissful reasons why you really should start using carbon as part of your daily beauty routine!
You can’t properly function if you’re not taking some time to rest and debrief from life and all it entails, and the same goes for your skin. By using activated charcoal in the ways we just recommended, you’ll be left feeling a little lighter and looking a little brighter at the end of your well-deserved time-out!
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