Here’s the deal:
While putting activated charcoal in your hair and on your face might seem like a gross idea, it’s an ingredient that’s been proven to boast an abundance of health and beauty benefits when you use it in the right way.
What exactly is activated charcoal?
Contrary to popular belief, activated charcoal is not the stuff you use for grilling up a storm on a sunny day. It’s a medical grade version of the component used in air filtration systems, and as such, is widely used to treat accidental poisoning. You see, activated charcoal has the ability to bind chemicals and help your body get rid of them in a safe way.
From the food grade activated charcoal that folks use to detox their systems to the sneaky teeth whitening trick a lot of us use with the help of this “miracle ingredient”, activated charcoal might well be nature’s ultimate secret for your hair and beauty routine.
How to use activated charcoal in your hair and beauty routine:
You’re going to get into the habit of rubbing that gritty black ingredient all over your face and hair. The reason you’ll be doing this is simple to understand: The toxins in your skin and hair can wreak havoc, which is why you need to eliminate them with the use of activated charcoal.
The good news about activated charcoal is that it’s an all-natural ingredient, which means it doesn’t alter your skin or hair’s pH levels.
The 3 Best Ways to Use Activated Charcoal in Your Beauty Routine
- Use it as a pore cleanser.
We get exposed to a lot of nasty chemicals throughout the day, the kind of chemicals that clog up your pores and cause those utterly frustrating blackheads. When you use activated charcoal in a home-made face mask, the charcoal binds to those toxins and pulls the dirt out of your pores, which helps make them less visible and also leaves your face feeling fresh and clean. You can also use activated charcoal in a D.I.Y exfoliating scrub to help get rid of those dead skin cells and provide you with an even deeper clean.
- Zap those blemishes
Nobody likes pimples, but do you know what’s even worse? The marks that are left behind when you’ve filled your patience meter to the brim and decided to pop them. Blemishes are unsightly, but luckily activated charcoal comes to the rescue as a way to heal the skin. When applied topically (as a paste), activated charcoal can help clear up the skin and promote healing, which inevitably brings down swelling and cuts down tenderness. To make this paste just add a few drops of water (slow and steady is key) to your activated charcoal powder (about a teaspoon full), and then mix until you have a nice, spreadable consistency.
- Revive lifeless hair
In the same way that our pores get clogged up by pollutants in the air, our hair also suffers on a daily basis. Oil, dirt and toxins that build up on your scalp and hair follicles are some of the major culprits that cause hair to look limp and lifeless. Luckily, there’s an abundance of great shampoos (both wet and dry) that contain activated charcoal. You can also go ahead and whip up your own mix by emptying a capsule or two of activated charcoal into a bowl and then mixing that into your normal “serving” shampoo. By the way … activated charcoal isn’t super-friendly on color-treated hair (since toners are chemically formulated), so you might end up with a faded look after this treatment, but it will be worth every bit of sacrifice once you experience how soft, shiny and bouncy your hair is after washing it with your activated charcoal shampoo.
We live in a world where wacky and weird ingredients aren’t a strange occurrence when it comes to the stuff we use to stay beautiful, which is why it’s nice to know that there’s a natural alternative that you can use to clean up your skin and hair!
This just goes to show that activated charcoal is an all-star ingredient, whether you’re using it to brighten up your complexion or get rid of toxins in your body (or your little secret to those luscious locks).