Activated charcoal is an amazing addition to natural skin care and also beneficial for your health. It is commonly taken internally as a safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses in emergency trauma centers across the world. When taken as an occasional supplement, it can be used to reduce bloating, gas and hangovers but when used topically it can help whiten teeth, relieve bug bite irritation and help improve your skin! Activated charcoal is very porous and is able to trap toxins, bacteria, dirt and chemicals. When used in skin care, it can absorb dirt, toxins and oil from pores, which can purify and detoxify the skin. As a result, it can be very beneficial for oily skin, breakouts and acne.
It is important to note that activated charcoal is NOT the charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed. Activated charcoal is a substance made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits, and/or sawdust. It is oxidized using steam or air at high temperatures, which gives it a medical property increasing the surface area and allowing it to be very porous and helpful for detox.
As many of you know, I try to be chemical free and because of that I encourage you to find a pure form of activated charcoal. I prefer one from natural sources, such as coconut shells, that does not include a bunch of fillers. The purer the better!
Several of my professional skin care products at the Spa include activated charcoal as an ingredient. But if you cannot afford a professional skin care line or if you simply enjoy making your own, here is a simple DIY activated charcoal mask for you:
1 capsule activated charcoal
2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
3 drops tea tree essential oil*
Combine ingredients in a glass container and mix well. Gently massage onto cleansed skin, avoiding eye and mouth area. Leave on skin for 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. *For very sensitive skin only use 1 drop tea tree essential oil or avoid all together.
WARNING: This mask is black, do not be alarmed 🙂 Activated charcoal can stain grout, fabrics and temporarily your hairline/eyebrows if you have light-colored hair. Protect counters and clothing before using.
SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE A FREE E-BOOK ON SKIN CARE AND SO MUCH MORE, INCLUDING MORE DIY RECIPES!