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Many of us are big fans of charcoal masks because of the purifying qualities it provides during use. What if I told you that you could make your own for less than half the cost of some of the top brands? Many skincare products have excess ingredients that if used alone, wouldn’t be the best for your skin. Many realize that creating your own skincare products not only saves you money but is better for your skin. Below I will list some of the most popular uses for activated charcoal.

Teeth Whitening

I have recently seen some companies offering this product but be sure there are no added ingredients and check your local market as you may find a better deal. To use this product simply apply the powder to your toothbrush and start brushing. The foam will be grey color so don’t fret! For a more intense clean you can use the charcoal by itself instead of using it with toothpaste. The taste may take some getting used to but the results will be worth it.

Face Mask

Many skincare products contain activated charcoal so imagine the results when using the actual without a ton of additives. I only make as much as I need seeing as I don’t need to do a mask everyday. Taking equal parts of charcoal, water, aloe vera gel, and your favorite natural oil mix in a small container. I use glass so that the charcoal doesn’t stain any plastic containers I have. Also, despite many disclaimers, plastic containers tend to contain many chemicals that aren’t good for you. You should end up with a paste like consistency. Apply the mask, let sit until completely dry, then rinse and moisturize! You will be able to tell a difference immediately.

Body Scrub

We often forget that just like our face, our body needs to detox every once in a while. Creating a body scrub not only acts as a good exfoliant but a great detox. The best thing is these are very customizable and easy to make. Using dry ingredients like sugar, oatmeal, and almonds act as great exfoliators. Liquid options range from honey, milk, yogurt, and olive oil just to name a few. Using only charcoal and a liquid ingredient you could make a simple mask. Adding other ingredients improves how well the scrub works for you.

These are just a few of the many uses for activated charcoal pertaining to beauty. There are several other health uses as well. If none of these interest you, you are bound to find something that works for you. I encourage you to explore the world of natural products that can be added to your beauty regimen. You may end up replacing you favorite products.


-Keisha Campbell

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