Believe it or not, activated charcoal is black magic. It has powers capable of chemically binding other substances to its surface, absorbing thousands of times its own weight. The carbon-rich material is also routinely used in hospitals and by physicians to rid of poisonous chemicals. And though you may not immediately associate charcoal with skincare or beauty products, activated charcoal can be used to extract oil, dirt and other harmful stuff from clogged pores due to its adsorption powers (adsorption is the adhesion of atoms, ions, or molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid to a surface).
The detoxifying ingredient also helps you fight acne by drawing out bacteria and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you achieve a flawless complexion. Just think of activated charcoal as a sponge, soaking up all the impurities and black-heads from your skin. You can even use the black powder as a teeth whitener. Now, I know that might seem strange, but it works! Another way to use activated charcoal is as liquid eyeliner. By adding water and applying the charcoal with an angular brush you can create brilliant opaque cat eyes. Below are 10 DIY uses for activated charcoal, including top brands to shop from.
10 WAYS TO USE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
- Face Mask: To create your mask, mix 2 capsules of activated charcoal with 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite clay and 1 1/2 teaspoons of water into a smooth paste. Apply the mask evenly avoiding eyes and lips. Leave on for 7-10 minutes.
- Teeth Whitener: Mix 3 activated charcoal capsules with 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of Baking soda, and 40 drops of peppermint essential oil. This AC toothpaste will pull toxins from your mouth, remove stains, and effectively kill bad breath.
- Eyeliner: With 4 capsules of activated charcoal, a few drops of distilled water, and an empty eyeshadow tin you can have your very own homemade eyeliner.
- Facial Cleanser: There is a very intricate process in creating a DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser, but Rebecca of Soap Delicatessen has all the details.
- Body Soap: Another great recipe for activated charcoal is Amanda of Lovin’ Soap’s mango butter, avocado and babassu oil charcoal soap. Get the DIY here.
- Mascara: Mix 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon shea butter, 1 1/2 teaspoon bees-wax, 4 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, and 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal. For a luxe DIY mascara.
- Bite Remedy: Apply a mixture of activated charcoal and beeswax directly to the irritated area to treat rashes or bug bites.
- Acne Spot Treatment: Simply combine the powder from 3 activated charcoal capsules with half a teaspoon of Aloe Vera Gel into a paste. Apply a dab of the mixture with a Q-tip on your pimple and watch it disappear.
- Deodorant: Mix 1/3 cup of starch, 1/3 cup of baking soda, 1 to 3 teaspoons of activated charcoal powder with 3 to 5 tbsp of raw coconut oil for a cream deodorant that you can apply with a kabuki makeup brush.
- Shaving Cream: Mix glycerin shave soap base, cedar wood essential oil, fresh hops, two tablespoons of bentonite clay, and some activated charcoal for a Cedar wood Hop and Charcoal Shave Soap.
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