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Beauty Tip | Activated Charcoal

Beauty Tip | Activated Charcoal

Beauty Tip | Activated Charcoal

Want to know the secret to healthy hair and skin?  Activated Charcoal - the newest addition to your beauty products. Yes, that’s right we’re suggesting you put charcoal on your face, hair and in your mouth! Activated charcoal has been added to your cleansers, face masks, toothpaste and juices in order to cleanse, detoxify and re-energise the body.

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What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated with heat to increase its absorbency. Activated charcoal works because it chemically binds other substances to its surface via an electrical attraction that draws out toxins and bacteria – this process is called adsorption (not to be confused with absorption). A magnet for dirt and oil, activated charcoal can adsorb thousands of times its own weight!

Benefits:

  • All natural
  • Won’t add new chemicals to your skin / hair
  • Absorbs toxins and pollutants
  • Can help speed healing and relieve symptoms
  • Extracts dirt and oil
  • Reduces bloating

How can you use it?

Teeth whitening

Your non-toxic whitening solution! Clean your entire mouth using activated charcoal in powder form or in your toothpaste. Activated charcoal draws out plaque on your teeth, removes toxins from your mouth, cleans stains and balances the Ph of your mouth, making it a formidable fighter of cavities, tooth decay and gingivitis. Simply dip your damp toothbrush into charcoal powder and brush for two minutes, then rinse well. Alternatively, you can buy charcoal toothpaste or these super chic charcoal toothbrushes! Get ready for a (seriously) blindingly white smile.

Shampoo

Pull out dirt, oil and toxins from your hair and remedy scalp conditions using activated charcoal – say bye to dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalps! Unlike your regular shampoo, shampoos containing activated charcoal don’t leave any residue, making your hair feel lighter and have more volume. You can use charcoal as a treatment before you wash your hair or charcoal powder can be mixed in with your regular shampoo.

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Body and face cleanser / mask

Activated charcoal is a natural exfoliate that produces endless beauty benefits by drawing oil, dirt and other harmful substances from clogged pores, making them less visible and leaving you feeling fresh faced. Perfect for all skin types, activated charcoal can get rid of your dry, flaky skin and balances oily skin. Nourish your body and face by using charcoal based skin care products or simply mixing in charcoal powder with your regular products. Get an even deeper clean by using an activated charcoal face mask for 20-25 minutes 2-3 times a week.

Detox

The oldest and most trusted detoxifying remedy. Activated charcoal has traditionally been used for medicinal purposes to get rid of ingested toxins and heal bites and wounds. More recently, activated charcoal has been known to naturally detoxify the body in other ways. If you have been on a food binge or drinking a bit of alcohol activated charcoal, in the form of capsules and powder, can help to neutralise digestive problems (reduce bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhoea). More of a juice and smoothie fan? Drink your way healthy by adding powder to homemade juices or try our favourite Recovery Lemonade from Cali Press Juices.

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