Activated charcoal might not seem like it would help your skin, but it is actually wonderful to use. This is a trending natural product that you might see in everything from cleansers to face masks.
What is Activated Charcoal?
So, what exactly is activated charcoal? You might have heard of this product around, especially if you are interested in more natural health options.
It is not uncommon to see it mentioned as being used for things like teeth whitening, or maybe you have been on Amazon and seen a container of charcoal being sold as a mask or facial scrub.
Activated charcoal is actually a type of activated carbon that is processed into a powder substance.
Its purpose is to help trap the toxins that are in the body so that they can be drawn out or flushed through other meant, in order for your body to stop absorbing them.
Where it Comes From
Activated charcoal can be made from different sources, but when it is being processed for the use of hair and beauty, it typically comes from more natural and healthy sources. This often includes coconut shells, coconut husk, and other nut shells.
Different Ways to Use it
Now comes the fun part – learning how to use activated charcoal for natural health and beauty! Here is a list of different ways you can use activated charcoal powder to start helping with various health and beauty problems.
You Can Whiten Your Teeth
This is probably one of the most popular and well-known uses for activated charcoal as far as beauty and health is concerned.
You will see activated charcoal often advertised specifically for a natural teeth whitening options, where it claims to remove stains and lighten the color of your teeth.
A common question with using activated charcoal for whitening teeth is how exactly does it work? The main benefit to using this type of charcoal powder is that it can actually balance the pH levels in your mouth.
This not only helps to remove stains, but it can help with general oral health, so it is good either way. With whitening, the activated charcoal helps to absorb the plaque on your teeth that is leading to staining. As with any other natural teeth whitening option, it is not going to work perfectly for everyone, but since it doesn’t pose any major side effects, it is definitely worth a try!
How to Use it for Whitening – If you want to give activated charcoal a try for whitening your teeth, you should have a toothbrush you use only for this purpose. It is going to stain and will be hard to clean out, so don’t use your regular toothbrush.
You will open up the charcoal container, then dip your toothbrush in water. Give it a shake so there isn’t a lot of water on it, then dip it into the charcoal. You can now just brush your teeth as you normally would, paying good attention to the fronts of your teeth. When you spit it out, you might want to get a little water to swish around. You can then rinse your mouth until your spit is completely clear.
Be extra careful with charcoal when brushing your teeth with it, since it might stain your clothing if you aren’t careful. It is a good idea to wear a t-shirt you don’t care too much about.
Reduce Your Pores
The first benefit to using activated charcoal is to reduce the size of your pores. Who doesn’t want smaller pores? Pores appear larger because they get clogged with dirt, bacteria, toxins, and dead skin cells that have not been exfoliating in a while.
You can reduce the appearance of pores on your skin and clear up your complexion by using the charcoal as an exfoliating scrub on your skin. Combine the charcoal with a natural oil of your choosing, scrub your skin, then rinse with cool water.
Help With Oily Skin
If you have been struggling with oily skin, activated charcoal can be what rescues it. The powdered charcoal is going to help balance out the extra oils on your skin, without it looking too dry.
There are a couple ways to do this, from using it as a facial wash or a mask. The facial wash will work similar to when reducing your pores, by using it as an exfoliator. However, you can also create a mask with the activated charcoal and oils to make a mask, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse off.
Soothe Skin Irritation
Charcoal is also great when you have any type of skin irritation. It might be irritated from a skin condition, bite or sting, or even a cut on the skin. While you should be careful to use it with deep cuts, minor irritations are fine to use the activated charcoal on.
You can make a paste by using the charcoal and a little water or some oils like jojoba or coconut oil. Apply the paste to the affected area and let it sit in for a few minutes before rinsing. When adding in the water to the charcoal, do so slowly until you have the right
Try using activated charcoal on your skin by making any of these natural DIY products at home. You can also find activated charcoal masks and scrubs that are in the package and use only natural ingredients, but don’t have to be made on your own.
These can add some convenience while also getting the benefits of the charcoal.