Activated charcoal is everywhere. It’s in skin care products, supplements, and is gaining more and more popularity. But doesn’t it seem like every week there’s a new ingredient popping up that you just have to have? Well let’s get in to activated charcoal, what it is, and if you should add it into your health and beauty regimens.
WHAT IS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Activated carbon or activated charcoal is charcoal that has been exposed to a gas that increases it’s absorption abilities. When it becomes “activated” it is amazing at attracting and trapping toxins.
WHAT DOES IT DO FOR HEALTH
Activated charcoal is used medicinally to treat poisonings and some claim that it even helps cure hangovers. Chemicals can bind to activated charcoal as opposed to being absorbed by the body, it even works as a natural teeth whitener. Remember, do not start an activated charcoal regimen without first consulting a doctor and never try to treat poisoning on your own, always call 911.
WHAT DOES IT DO FOR SKIN
Masks with activated charcoal deep clean pores and treat acne. If you’ve got oily skin, the charcoal can even draw out excess oils without leaving skin dry or irritated. Be sure not to overdo it, once or twice a week is enough.
WHAT IT DOES FOR HAIR
Dry shampoos with activated charcoal remove dirt and buildup, leaving clean, bouncy hair with volume. It can also treat an oily scalp and exfoliate dandruff away.
SOOO, DO I NEED IT?
Whether you choose to use it for hair, skin, or overall health, it’s definitely an ingredient that works. You can pick up activated charcoal capsules at your local health store and here are a few beauty products with activated charcoal that are worth a try