At first, putting charcoal on your face and in your hair may not sound like a good idea. However, there is evidence of charcoal can be beneficial to your health and beauty provided you use it in a proper and safe way.
Activated charcoal does not refer to the charcoal people use to grill a steak. Its properties are closer to the charcoal used in air filtration systems, with the exception that it has been tailored for medical use. In hospitals, activated charcoal is among the emergency treatments used for cases involving poisoning. Many chemicals easily bind to activated charcoal, which makes it effective for expelling harmful chemicals from the body. This property is also the reason some people use activated charcoal for teeth whitening and in their juices and smoothies to help in detoxing.
Skin and hair purification
An increasing number of people have seen great results after using activated charcoal on their skin and hair as part of their beauty routine. The charcoal works by capturing toxins, which stick to it, hence purifying the skin and hair. The effectiveness of the activated charcoal has made it a popular ingredient in the skin/hair detoxifying and cleansing process.
One of the reasons why activated charcoal is so popular nowadays is that it cleanses the skin and hair without introducing new chemicals. The result is that people using activated charcoal don’t experience adverse skin reactions to activated coal. Moreover, it washes off easily, meaning that you need not worry about clogging the pores on your skin or weighing down your hair.
To improve the health of your skin and hair, here are some great ways to put to use activated charcoal.
Cleansing skin pores
Toxins and dirt accumulate on the surface of your skin in the course of the day, blocking your pores and paling your complexion. When activated charcoal is added to a face mask, dirt, excess oil and toxins bind to it and make your skin healthy and radiant. For deeper cleansing activated charcoal can be used together with an exfoliating scrub.
Heal and relieve skin irritations, cuts, and bites
Avoiding getting an infection from a cut or bee sting by using activated charcoal to promote quick healing and provide relief. Topical application of activated charcoal paste is adequate for effectively relieving the pain and reducing the swelling from minor scrapes, cuts, stings and insect bites. Easily create the paste by adding water to a small amount of activated charcoal and mixing it to achieve a consistency that can be easily spread on the skin.
Treat excessively oily skin
Healthy skin needs just the right amount of oil to hold in moisture and provide a protective barrier. However, the skin in many cases produces excess oil that not only looks undesirable but can also lead to acne. Activated charcoal has proven to be effective at eliminating the unwanted oil and leaving your skin looking and feeling good. For the best results, though, care should be taken to use the activated charcoal for this purpose sparingly to avoid removing too much oil.
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