Who would have known that the black tablet, activated carbon, that your parent probably has given you to help treat a terrible diarrhoea has amazing benefits for your skin too? Produced under extremely high temperatures, activated carbon is created from a plethora of different carbon sources like bamboo, coconuts or wood. In the process, the charcoal develops internal pockets of spaces, which help to ‘trap’ chemicals when used. Activated charcoal is not exactly your common charcoal that you use for barbecue. It was made especially for use as medicine, commonly to treat poisoning, intestinal bloating and also used topically for healing wounds in bandages.
In recent years, activated charcoal has gained popularity and the approval of many beauty gurus as a natural and beneficial ingredient to include in one’s skincare, oral care and beauty regime. Be it in creams, facial washes, masks and even toothpaste, activated carbon has infiltrated the beauty industry as a game changer with its versatile, multipurpose and natural characteristics.
Curious about the benefits of activated carbon and how you can add this wonderful ingredient into your skincare routine to enjoy flawless skin? Read on!
Activated charcoal is a great option for gentle skin exfoliation with its little gritty texture. It is essential for you to exfoliate your skin and remove buildup of dead skin cells and oil, which can clog your pores, further exacerbating blemishes. It may even result in an uneven, dull skin tone.
Paired with its impurity-adsorbing properties, it also gives your pores a deep cleanse while at it. Activated charcoal has antimicrobial properties that help prevent skin infections too!
Cleans Pores & Fights Acne
Activated charcoal is an incredible natural cleanser for your skin. It is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. Before it gained its fame as a super ingredient in beauty products, activated charcoal has been used in many treatments in the medical industry to help patients recover from diarrhoea, indigestion and flatulence.
With these great properties, it aids to extract impurities and acne-causing bacteria from deep within your skin. This helps purify your skin and pores which would, in turn, give you clear skin and enhance the absorption of skincare products.
Make your own home remedy mask by adding 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and 1 drop of tea tree oil to a ¼ teaspoon of an activated charcoal powder. Combine well and apply the mask on to your face, avoiding the area around your eyes and mouth. Wash the mask off after 5 minutes with warm, then cold water. Apply this mask twice a week to keep acne out of your way.
Balances Oily Skin
Activated charcoal helps rid excess oils and sebum that are stuck within your pores. By using an activated charcoal mask or facial cleanser, it would easily suffice in helping you keep any unwanted shine and little bumps off your face. However, this may result in some mild dehydration of your skin. So do remember to hydrate with water-based moisturisers to keep wrinkles at bay and your skin supple.
Wipes Out Blackheads
Get rid of pesky blackheads with activated charcoal masks. There are a variety of masks that can be found in beauty stores and drugstores. Be it peel-off masks, wash-off types or fun bubble masks, the properties of the activated charcoal that the mask has would help pull out a series of whiteheads and blackheads, while unclogging your pores.
If you would love to try and make a mask for yourself for a quick fix at home, simply mix the activated charcoal powder with water or organic rose water to create a thick paste. Apply the mask around your face, taking care to avoid the eye area. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat dry and hydrate your skin with your preferred skincare products.
Effective Make-up Remover
Remove make-up with ease by mixing this magic powder and water into a paste. It can sweep away the day’s worth of grime and leave your skin refreshing clean and shine-free, without drying it. It is great for removing waterproof mascara too! Just be really careful when you are doing so, as specks of powder may get into your eyes.
Apart from giving your skin a well-deserved cleanse and detox, activated charcoal is great for teeth whitening too! All you have to do is chew an activated charcoal tablet into bits and brush your teeth like you normally do. However, do rinse your mouth after leaving the paste on for 3-5 minutes. If you are concerned about the taste of this little trick, you may like to consider adding the activated charcoal powder to your toothpaste for the brushing. Give this hack a try! We are sure that you will be smiling from ear to ear with your beaming pearly whites.