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Activated charcoal seems to be trending right now in the beauty/skin care world. Almost everything has charcoal in it! You cannot go down the skin care aisle without seeing less than two skin care products with charcoal in the formula. However, if you have been in natural skin care, charcoal is not new to you. I remember using this ingredient for my teeth and skin years ago!
Charcoal has so many health and beauty benefits no wonder this stuff is blowing up all over the place!
Random Fact: At the hospital when someone has ingested something toxic they are given liquid activated charcoal to quickly absorb the toxic substance in their body.
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Quick Overview of Beauty Benefits of Activated Charcoal
- Detoxifies: This will remove impurities and toxins from deep within your skin
- Acne buster: Due to it detox power this will help prevent acne
- Brightens the skin: This ingredient will help fade dark marks and help even skin tone.
- Whiten teeth: Activated Charcoal will whiten your smile by removing stains and dullness
- Shrink pores: This will reduce the appearance of pores
DIY Charcoal Mask
You can easily make this at home all you need is a few ingredients that you can get at your local store. There are a few different recipes.
Black Activated Charcoal Magic Mask
- coconut oil (1/4 cup)
- activated charcoal ( 3 capsules)
- baking soda ( 1 teaspoon)
- bentonite clay (1 tablespoon)
- water (a splash)
You can really use any oil you want. Sometimes I add a lighter oil like apricot oil or I even replace the oil with aloe vera gel. Honestly, if you do not have the bentonite clay and baking soda you could get away with just using the activated charcoal, oil, and water. You can also use capsules or powder.
You would mix the dry ingredients and then ad the wet ingredients until all is blended well. Then apply to a clean face. I would use this after removing make up or after using a light cleanser. Once you apply to clean face you can let this stay on your face for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
If you would like to make this into a scrub just add sugar or sea salt!
DIY Teeth Whitener
- Activated Charcoal
You would take Activated Charcoal and place on tooth brush. Brush teeth as normal. Rinse mouth and toothbrush. Then go over teeth with clean tooth brush. You would rinse again and you are finished.
Suggestion: I would have a special brush just for when you use the charcoal teeth whitener. I would say use this method once a day, and maybe at night time. However, that is just my suggestion. I am not a dentist.
If you would like more of a paste recipe you could use this one below.
You can by activated charcoal at your local store or online. I know I buy mine from Wal-Mart. Viva Doria Activated Charcoal Powder 1.2 oz is $7.99. Swanson Activated Charcoal 260 mg 120 Caps is $7.71.
Happy Natural Skin Care!!!
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