No longer just a threat to badly behaved children at Christmas, activated charcoal is used in detox cleanses, teeth whiteners and skin treatments for its major beauty benefits.
Activated charcoal is not exactly the stuff you find on your grill—it is prepared for human ingestion by infusing carbon with oxygen, which increases its ability to absorb toxins. Its absorbency coupled with its antibacterial properties make activated charcoal a highly effective ingredient for treating acne-prone and oily skin types. Charcoal is also a great anti-aging ingredient, known to help tighten pores, smooth skin and reduce inflammation.
Below, four of the top beauty benefits of charcoal.
Face masks that include activated charcoal pull the dirt out of your pores, making them less visible. (To get an even deeper clean, follow up your mask with a exfoliating face scrub.)
BALANCE OILY SKIN
Activated charcoal pulls out excess oil from the skin.
PREVENT AND HEAL ACNE
Soaps that contain activated charcoal gently exfoliate your body while absorbing oils and toxins below the skin’s surface. (Great to use after workouts to prevent body breakouts!)
SOOTHE SKIN IRRITATIONS
Activated charcoal can bring down swelling and lessen pain to help soothe skin ailments such as pimples, bug bites, cuts, scrapes and minor infections.
SHOP CHARCOAL ITEMS
My Manoa Charcoal Soap
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