Charcoal may conjure images of backyard barbeques and Weber kettle grills. Briquets mixed with lighter fluid is an aroma symbolic with summertime.
Charcoal in it’s purest form is a beauty powerhouse. Its many uses may amaze you. Activated charcoal is successful in absorbing and removing harmful chemicals, toxins and other impurities from the body, which is why hospitals use it in the case of accidental poisoning or drug overdoses. Let’s explore activated charcoal’s other household and beauty uses.
Brushing with an activated charcoal toothpaste twice a week can dramatically whiten the teeth and ward off bad breath. Try Sumagaki Japanese Charcoal Toothpaste, or if you’re not ready to go all-in putting black paste into your mouth, test out the environmentally-friendly, bamboo handled Charcoal Bristle Bamboo Toothbrush from Ernest Supplies. The charcoal bristles deflect bacteria, unlike their plastic counterparts commonly found in the marketplace.
Charcoal is helpful in absorbing impurities in the skin. A weekly leave-on activated charcoal mask like this one from Origins will detox your face and unclog pores. This detox is especially important for urban dwellers, as smog and other pollutants can damage skin and cause premature aging.
Toss in a scoop of food-grade activated charcoal powder into your next smoothie. It’s odorless and tasteless, and you can reap detoxification benefits through consumption. A container of natural activated charcoal is handy to have on hand, as it can also be used to treat acne, insect bites, makeup removal, relieve burns and other skin issues, and even as a body deodorant. Give it a try!
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