5 Reasons Why Charcoal Should Be Your Next Beauty Buy

When you hear the word charcoal, most of us think of that slightly burnt edge of an over-Barbequed burger – but ever since we’ve discovered the detoxifying qualities of this natural rock, health and beauty companies have jumped on the charcoal bandwagon and are tipping the trends towards toothpaste, face masks and cleansers all containing the black stuff.

But, despite it’s alarming Addams Family appearance, activated charcoal (charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to make it more efficient) has become more and more popular – and for a very good reason!

Charcoal has an incredible way of absorbing dirt, oil, stains, and pollution from your skin, hair, and teeth, which makes it a total all-rounder when it comes to including it in your beauty routine.

Here are 5 reasons why you should be using charcoal today:

1. Whiter, Brighter Teeth

It may seem counter-intuitive at first, smothering your white teeth with black powder or paste, but a sooty scrub can actually make your teeth whiter in the long run. The charcoal sticks to plaque and grime on your teeth and lifts stains as you brush it away. It also works by making you brush for longer, making sure you remove all of the black in your mouth. You will need to follow up with a regular toothpaste, as charcoal isn’t a hygiene product, but you can buy toothpaste’s with it as one of the ingredients which will work well if you don’t have time for a two-step brushing routine.

2. Glowing Skin

Charcoal face masks work by drawing out impurities in the skin and removing dirt and oil on the surface. It’s perfect for oil-prone skin, as it helps reduce the build-up in your pores. The masks will leave you with a glowy, youthful appearance and because it’s natural, it won’t irritate or leave you with any blemishes.

3. Bye Bye Greasy Hair

All of us want grease-free hair and super-shiny locks, right? By switching to a charcoal shampoo, you can have it every day! Charcoal is able to soak up more than 100 times its weight in impurities, so it’s the ideal hair cleanser. Rid your scalp of product build-up and oils, and leave your hair light and healthy! By doing so, you can also help your hair grow longer and stronger, too! Win-win!  

4. Banish The Bloat

Activated charcoal has been used for centuries to treat digestive problems, as it can limit the toxicity of almost any chemical that enters your gut. It can also absorb uncomfortable gases that cause bloating and flatulence, and help to flatten the stomach. But be warned, because of it’s highly absorbent nature, charcoal can also absorb vital nutrients and good bacteria in your gut, as well as the toxins. For this reason, it’s important to follow instructions and not use it too regularly.

5. Cure Hangovers

Well, almost! After a night of heavy drinking, our skin is dull, our eyes are puffy and our hair is limp and lifeless – and nobody wants that! We’re not saying charcoal can stop this occurring, but it can be used to rid the body of toxins and help us spring back to our usual selves quicker than without it. By adding a charcoal drink or tablet to your morning routine, it can help flush out those hangover-inducing toxins. 

Food For Thought

Charcoal certainly sounds like the miracle cure for most health and beauty issues – and when used right, it certainly can be! Make sure you follow instructions, and you could reap some pretty impressive results. Especially for skin and teeth, this carbon wonder has been proven to work – so try it today, and let us know what you think!

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