We are currently obsessing over a magical, all-natural product: activated charcoal. We aren't talking about the charcoal your dad uses on the grill... we are talking the kind of charcoal you can use in your everyday beauty routine. As women, we are constantly exposing our bodies to toxins and chemicals through the our largest organ: skin! Many times, the beauty products--and even our cleansers--are made with chemicals that our bodies soak up like a sponge.
Think of every product that touches your skin and what might be in those products... Are you ready for a detox? Us too.
Activated charcoal has been used in medicinal routinues for thousands of years. It is completely safe for human consumption and use. So what does it do? Charcoal, and products that contain it, removes bacteria and toxins from your body. When applied to skin, it can whiten dark spots, unclog pores, and remove impurities and dead skin from the surface. These are the reasons we find it so magical... it keeps your skin clean, free of bacteria, and prevents acne caused by clogged pores and infection.
Here are two ways you can start using charcoal in your beauty routine today:
1. Brush your teeth with loose activated charcoal. When applied to your teeth, the charcoal actually binds with plaque, bacteria, and nasty stains on a molecular level. After using it and rinsing, you are literally rinsing away stains and bacteria from your pearly whites. You can buy charcoal capsules (which you can open and dump into a bowl) or loose activaited charcoal at your local grocery or health store, or online. To use daily for mild whitening, simply dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into loose charcoal and brush as normal. For intense whitening, wet your brush with water, dip in charcoal, and apply to your teeth. The longer you can keep it on the surface of your teeth, the more stains you'll draw out! Warning: your mouth will look like a black hole during the process. However, agter rinsing a few times, you'll be tossing your Crest White Strips in the garbage.
2. Wash your face with charcoal soap. Charcoal is hitting the beauty product scene in a big way this summer. Use an all natural charcoal soap daily to remove makeup and bacteria from your face. You should notice your skin breaking out less and an overall more healthful glow due to replacing your harsh cleanser with a detoxifying one. You can find these products at beauty stores, or give our Charcoal Detox Face Wash a whirl.
At $8 each, the 2.5oz bar of detox soap will last you a month or more. Your face will feel clean, but won't leave your skin feeling dry and tight like conventional cleansers. We suggest following up your wash with a moisturizer... however your face will feel so great, it is easy to forget. Made with activated bamboo charcoal, lime, lavender and tea tree essential oil... you'll never about exposing your skin to toxins.
If you give charcoal a try, let us know in the comments or through our social media pages!