Activated charcoal: An Unlikely Ingredient For Skin- But Hey… It Works!
Activated charcoal is not what’s used for grilling’ though it is a medical grade version of what’s used in air filtration systems. Activated charcoal is administered in hospitals as emergency treatment for poisoning; as chemicals bind to it, it can help remove them from the body.
What does this have to do with glowing skin? Read on and find out… keep in mind- not all charcoal is created equal. Beware when buying at home charcoal facial products.
It’s true: we’re suggesting you rub charcoal powder on your precious skin.
This is how it works: because toxins stick to the activated charcoal, it makes a good candidate for a deep cleanser and detoxifier. It’s all-natural and won’t add new chemicals to your skin when you use it. Which means, less for your skin to have negative reactions to and less risk of your pores being clogged with a new ingredient meant to clean.
Here are the best ways/reasons to use activated charcoal for the health of your skin and hair.
1. Make pores smaller and cleaner
Throughout the day, toxins from the world around us clog our pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Activated charcoal when used in a face mask binds to and helps pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger). This leaves your face feeling fresh. (Use it with an exfoliating scrub to get the dead skin off and experience an even deeper clean.)
2. Take care of oily skin
Oily skin? Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. You’ll want to do this sparingly once or twice per week at the most so that you don’t over-dry your skin. If you already have dry skin, best to steer clear of it for this use, as you don’t want to dry it out even more.
3. Treat acne
Depending on the specifics of your acne how severe it is, what’s causing it and what else is going on activated charcoal may be able to help. In soap form, it’s slightly gritty, which might provide just the gentle exfoliating you need. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face just think of it as a mini mask for your blemish.
4. Deep clean your skin
Send your chemical-ridden deep-cleaners on a little vacation. You can find cleansers that contain activated charcoal in bars or bottles. It’s important that you don’t use these daily, as you don’t want to soak up the healthy oils and moisture your skin needs. Check out the other ingredients if you’re buying a liquid cleanser some are designed to neutralize the acidity in your skin, others have deodorizing properties; some can even double as shaving cream.
*Credits Best Health Mag