Have you ever heard about activated charcoal? It’s not your usual charcoal, of course, that you use for grilling and whatnot. It’s one of the ingredients being integrated into a lot of beauty products nowadays, especially skincare, because it has been proven to be good for the skin as it has the ability to draw out dirt and toxins. Aside from being found in skincare and beauty products, activated charcoal can be bought in the form of supplements (capsule) and loose powder as well. If you’re wondering why one would ever buy encapsulated or loose activated charcoal powder, read on below and discover amazing beauty uses for activated charcoal.
- Makeup – I know it may sound crazy for some but I also know that there are women who don’t buy black eye shadow at all just because they like brighter colors more. If you’re one of these people and you suddenly find yourself needing black eyes shadow, just mix a bit of loose charcoal with Vaseline and sweep it on to your lids. You can do the same thing and use the mixture as eyeliner, too, using an eyeliner brush.
- Face mask – women with oily skin are most prone to blackheads and whiteheads, especially on the nose. One really good way to use activated charcoal is to make a face mask with it to get rid of these blackheads and whiteheads as well as other impurities on your face. Click here for an easy face mask recipe using activated charcoal and gelatin. The activated charcoal is what gently but effectively vacuums out the impurities, unclogging your pores and leaving you with clean skin.
- Face wash – if your skin needs a little bit more than the once a week face mask routine, you can also use activated charcoal for your everyday face wash. Here’s an easy recipe that you can make and use everyday.
- Teeth whitener – there are definitely lots of other teeth whitening options out there but if you already have activated charcoal anyway, why not use that instead of buying a separate kit? Plus, activated charcoal as a teeth whitener works relatively better and delivers results faster compared to other homemade remedies. You can do it the no-frill, no-fuss way and just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste on it in activated charcoal powder and brush as normal or you can make these recipes for swishing.
- Clarifying shampoo – hair being weighed down by product buildup in your scalp? Instead of buying a clarifying shampoo that’s filled with so many chemicals, use activated charcoal instead. Add about half a teaspoon of loose AC to a dollop of your regular shampoo or use these recipes for something more natural.
- Detoxifying body scrub – lastly, for a little added extra for your skin, try adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal to your body scrub to help it detoxify your skin. You can do this with any body scrub including those DIY ones you make using oils and natural exfoliants.