Activated Charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but it’s made especially for use as medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers uses either steam or chemicals to activate the charcoal, the process causes the charcoal to develop internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals. Activated charcoal is used in the emergency treatment of certain kinds of poisoning. Ultimately when creating Activated Charcoal you want fragments of the super molecule Buckmisterfullerene (C60) that has phenomenal absorptive capacities.
Be careful when using Activated Charcoal as it seems to get in everywhere, it can easily be rinsed off with water.
Because Activated Charcoal has the ability to absorb 500 times it’s weight in impurities it works great as a Skin Clearing Mask.
Simple Clearing Mask
What you need:
1 Teaspoon Activated Charcoal
2 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Juice or Gel (Organic if possible)
2 Tablespoons Rose water
1 drop essential oil to help clear the skin (Use Tea Trea, Lavender, Eucalyptus or Bergamot)
If you don’t have Rosewater or Aloe Gel substitute it with distilled or filtered water.
Mix everything together and apply a thin layer to your skin. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.
If your skin is very congested, the activated charcoal will bond with the impurities and get stuck in your pores, leaving small black spots on your skin.
Steam your face with hot water, or towel before and after to open the pores. Finish with a light scrub or peel on your face to ensure you get all the impurities out. The DIY Rice flour exfoliant scrub works well, try it!
Want to buy Activated Charcoal?
The Konjac Sponge seems quite cool to use as a face cleaner.
I would also suggest for everyone to have some activated charcoal capsules on hand for when a sudden poisoning happens which includes those unplanned hangovers 😉 The charcoal binds with impurities which deters your body to absorb the nasty stuff.
I recommend buying from iHerb by clicking here, they have many options to choose from, check them out! The link takes you directly to all their available options.
If your feeling a bit lazy and aren’t up to doing the DIY activated charcoal face mask, click on this link for the Azelique Activated Charcoal & Clay Mask.
More Natural Beauty Products to make with Activated Charcoal.
a Natural DIY Eyeliner.
The Gel Liner
1 Teaspoon Activated charcoal
1 Teaspoon Pure Coconut oil
Mix together and you will find it creates a kind of a gel. Use a small paintbrush to apply to your eye lid.
The coconut oil makes it last longer on your face, but is not waterproof at all, so it will come off easily. Not recommended for any events that involves getting your face wet like crying out of happiness like at weddings.
Compact Liner (Bought from Professional Make Up)
I still prefer my charcoal compact cake eye liner. I have been using it since 15 years of age. They were not kidding when they said it can last up to 25 years… If you ever find one buy it!
It lasts long, doesn’t smudge and can be applied perfectly with a small paint brush.
As a teeth whitener
Put some activated charcoal with your toothpaste on your toothbrush. Brush and Rinse. Don’t do this more than once a week.
Remember to use toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride, as fluoride is extremely unhealthy on it’s own and even worse when combined with aluminum (aluminium is the active ingredient in your roll on deodorant). But, te dentists always gives me fluoride, so it must be good, you might think!? Complete Misinformation, read more about the dangers of fluoride here or just use Google. The exact reason why most mainstream toothpastes have written warnings if swallowed by children. Check out that toothpaste tube of yours. Herbal toothpastes are available from Dis-Chem and other Health shops/pharmacies.
Try this Toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine, by clicking here to redirect to iHerb. It is natural and Flouride free.
As a Hangover Cure – Really Works!!
1 Tablespoon of Activated Charcoal in water, drink up!
Drink this while or after consuming alcohol.
The Activated Charcoal helps to pull out some of the alcohol in your system.
Also drink some milk thistle the night before or the next morning to also alleviate a Hang Over.
To help with food poisoning.
I Tablespoon of Activated Charcoal in water helped me cure my food poisoning. Might not work for you but worth a try.
I have a small container 0f activated charcoal in my handbag. You never know when you might need it.
I have even more cool ways of using activated charcoal, that I made myself too:
In body wash, to absorb toxins.
Activated charcoal is found in many body soaps as it help draw toxins through the skin from your body. Ad a teaspoon to your liquid soap. Here is an Activated Charcoal soap also sold by iHerb.
Make sure the Activated charcoal you use is a very fine powder, when rubbed on your hand it should leave black marks.
What is your favorite way to use activated charcoal?
Anything you might want to add? Please comment below.
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