Activated charcoal beauty hacks
Every beauty regime these days is growing bonkers over the activated charcoal fad. From masks to scrubs to face wash and what not activated charcoal seems to be present in all of these as some majestic beauty ingredient claiming to do wonders for our skin, hair, and teeth.
To begin with, what is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a fine black odourless powder made from processing carbon rich material like wood, coconut shells, peat, olive pits or sawdust at very high temperatures. The high temperature changes its internal structure, reduces the size of its pores and increases the surface area. This charcoal is totally different from what is used for cooking. In the last few years, Activated Charcoal has found its way into our beauty regime and is known to do wonders for our skin. hair and teeth. It is available as a powder as well as a capsule.
Here’s what it does
Activated charcoal acts as a magnet for pulling out dirt and impurities from the skin and helps in cleansing and detox. It absorbs excess oil from the face making it appear less shiny and greasy. It also helps to clear dead skin and impurities hence acting as a wonderful exfoliant. Activated charcoal is also known to absorb teeth stains and bad bacteria that cause bad breath. Like for teeth. Activated Charcoal absorbs the staining pigments and dirt on the skin and makes skin appear lighter as well. The potency is increased when mixed with honey and lemon.
Due to its adsorbing properties. Activated Charcoal is known to eliminate impurities like dandruff and scalp infections from scalp and hair.
Activated Charcoal can be added to a variety of drinks like lemonade smoothies for detoxification. Since e binds the toxic substances and helps remove them from the body. it is good to have it in case of food poisoning. constipation and bloating.
Some DIY’s for you to try at home:
1. Skin Detox Mask
Mix activated charcoal with rosewater to make a paste and apply it on the face and let it dry. Rinse with water. For sensitive skin, add a drop of lavender oil to the paste.
2. Oily Skin Mask
Mix 1 tsp Activated Charcoal with 1 Tbsp of Multani mitti, 1tsp Aloe Vera gel, rose water and one drop of tea tree essential oil to make a paste. Apply this on your face and rinse with water once dry.
3. Exfoliating Scrub
Add 1 tsp Activated Charcoal to 1-2 Tbsp of white sugar (not very coarse). Make it into a paste using Extra Virgin Olive oil or Sweet Almond Oil and add a few drops of essential oil like lavender, tea tree, carrot seed or Frankincense. Scrub your face for a minute and rinse with lukewarm water. Spray rosewater or lavender water on face after rinsing.
4. Teeth Whitening
When mixed with coconut oil, charcoal proves to be a complete dental care product as coconut oil Rights bad bacteria in the mouth as well as prevents gum disease and tooth decay. Mix 1 tsp Activated Charcoal with 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil and 4 tsp baking soda. Apply the mix on teeth using an old toothbrush. Leave the paste on for 5 minutes and rinse with water. This can be done 2-3 times a week.
5. Underarm Whitening
Mix activated charcoal with some honey and lemon juice to make a paste. Apply it on the underarm and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. This can be done once a week.
6. Homemade Eyeliner
Looking for a less expensive natural makeup Activated Charcoal is the answer to that too, Dip a damp eyeliner brush in activated charcoal powder and apply it on the eyelids Coconut oil. aloe vera gel can do be added to make a paste and then applied on the eyelids using a brush.