Improves complexion. Shrinks pores. Helps with hair issues. Those are just a few reasons you will definitely want to consider adding activated charcoal to your beauty routine this year. Beauty products with charcoal as an ingredient have popped up everywhere and there’s a good reason why. Women are seeing great results, plus charcoal won’t cause any allergic reactions so you can have fun experimenting with the activated charcoal products to see if they’re a good fit for you.
Now, about those 5 reasons…
5 Reasons to Add Activated Charcoal to Your Beauty Routine
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1. Makes pores appear less visible
Clogged pores which are caused by numerous things, including makeup, pollution, and hormonal changes, leave your complexion looking dull, dry and not very clean. When your pores are clogged, they appear bigger. When you use an activated charcoal mask it helps pull the dirt out of your pores making them appear less visible and your skin looking cleaner, fresher and healthier.
Recommended Activated Charcoal Masks:
- Pure Body Naturals Activated Charcoal Creme Mask
- Rocky Mountain Activated Charcoal Mask
- Gold Mountain Beauty Organic Activated Charcoal Mask
2. Treats Acne
I read quite a few articles on how charcoal soap helped clear up both teen and adult acne. Some had no idea why and some had a few guesses, but all of them knew one thing: it worked. The best guesses are charcoal soap is a little gritty, so it provides the right amount of exfoliation, which helps get rid of dead skin cells. Charcoal also absorbs oil and draws out the toxins, giving the skin a thorough cleaning.
One article I read said to just rub the soap directly on your face for best results. You can also use it as a spot treatment for problem areas, as well as on your back, chest and arms.
Recommended Charcoal Soaps:
- Aspen Kay Naturals
- Say Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Soap
- The Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap
3. Gives you a deep clean for problem skin
If you struggle with problem skin such as acne or eczema, it can be hard to find a product to use in the shower that leaves you with the feeling of a deep clean. I spent quite a bit of time reading articles and product reviews for cleansers with charcoal and it seems this (a cleanser with charcoal) is the product people have been looking for. From the exfoliation it provides, to the gentle aspects of the other active ingredients included in most charcoal products, it was exactly what their skin needed.
Recommended Charcoal Cleansers:
4. A Dandruff Remedy
If dandruff or other scalp conditions are an issue for you, you might want to consider adding charcoal to your beauty regimen. Since one of the causes of dandruff is oil from the scalp causing skin cells to clump together, charcoal can be the answer you’re looking for. Either rub charcoal into your scalp before shampooing, mix it into your shampoo or purchase a charcoal shampoo as a dandruff remedy.
Recommended Charcoal Shampoos:
5. Whitens Teeth
I’ll admit it, brushing my teeth with charcoal freaks me out a little and the YouTube videos of people with black teeth (brushing their teeth with charcoal paste) freaks me out a lot. This isn’t something I’ve personally tried and given my sensitive gag reflex, it’s probably something I won’t ever (ever) try, but people swear by it. Plus, charcoal toothpaste and even charcoal toothbrushes, have made it to market.
How does it work? Just like it works on your skin and hair, it pulls the toxins from your mouth and teeth and people who have tried it, say it works. You can also use a charcoal powder as a toothpaste.
Recommended Charcoal Toothpaste & Powder:
- Twin Lotus Charcoal Toothpaste
- Rocky Mountain Naturals Tuxedo Tooth and Gum Powder
- Living Earth Black Pearl Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder
- Coconut Activated Charcoal Powder
Have you added any activated charcoal products to your beauty routine? If so, which ones? I’ve ordered the creme mask for myself and a pack of the charcoal soap for my two adult kids to try. I’ll be sure to give an update on our results.