When we first heard of activated charcoal in beauty products, we definitely hesitated. Charcoal as in black actual charcoal? Flash forward about five years later and we cannot get enough of it. Activated charcoal has become one of the most popular beauty ingredients on the market. If you love your DIYs, then you’ve probably been familiar with this ingredient for many years.
The Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal started off as an ingredient commonly used in hospitals to treat poisoning because of the fact that it works to trap chemicals and prevent the absorption of them. Activated charcoal works the same way in your beauty routine. Whichever way you use it, it’s trapping the chemicals and toxins and clearing your skin of them. Here are our top three ways to integrate activated charcoal into your beauty routine.
Black Teeth, White Smile
Why not start with the most unusual way to incorporate it into your routine? You have to have seen all those viral Instagram beauty videos of people brushing their teeth with some black substance. Well, that’s activated charcoal!
Charcoal toothpastes have gotten super popular this past year. Our favorite has got to be by My Magic Mud. Their pure and vegan formula also contains coconut oil and essential oils, as well as other natural ingredients. Toothpastes containing charcoal work not only to deeply cleanse your teeth, but also to whiten your teeth. Forget about those super expensive whitening strips; it’s all about the charcoal if you want blinding white teeth!
One of the most common beauty uses for activated charcoal is as a ingredient for face masks. Charcoal has been used in face masks for ages, whether in DIY ones or ones sold in store. It’s a classic ingredient found in many face masks that target oily or combination skin as it works so well to clear out clogged pores.
One Love Organics’ Love + Charcoal Masque is a great option if you’re looking to try one. The charcoal in it works like a magnet and draws out all of the impurities from your skin to leave it feeling squeaky clean. Magnets are pretty strong though, so if you have super sensitive skin, we would recommend you use this sparingly.
Quick Hair Fix
We put so much product into our hair that it’s prone to product build-up. Between regularly shampooing and using styling products, things can get pretty clogged quickly. Build-up at our roots can not only leave our hair feeling weaker and frail, but it also leaves it super flat. If you’re looking to give your hair a deep cleanse and restore volume, then activated charcoal is your main fix.
The charcoal works to draw out any toxins or product buildup like a magnet and leaves your hair feeling fresh and revived. Its deep cleansing abilities also mean your hair is left looking much more voluminous over time!
Stick to using activated charcoal on your roots once a week, on your face every few days, and on your teeth daily, and you’ll be on your way to a toxin-free beauty routine.
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