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Charcoal: The Secret to Perfect Skin, Teeth, and Hair?

Because of social media, unique beauty trends have been spreading like wildfire, the latest fad being Activated Charcoal. This unorthodox product has been campaigned as the savior for clear skin, pearly teeth, and dandruff-free hair. Cosmetic companies are taking advantage of this recent spike in interest for charcoal beauty products by creating facial masks, scrubs, and more. These claims sound intriguing, but how does Activated Charcoal fulfill its praised characteristics?

To understand what Activated Charcoal is capable of, we first need to know what Activated Charcoal is. Activated Charcoal is an odorless, tasteless powder derived from wood, or other materials that have been exposed to high temperatures in an airless environment. To activate Charcoal, it must be reheated with oxidizing gas or other chemicals in order to break it down into a very fine powder. Activating Charcoal increases its abilities to absorb substances, and makes it digestible.

Activated Charcoal was first used as a treatment for poisoning. But since then, its purposes have evolved:

  • Activated Charcoal Minimizes and Cleans Pores

Everyone falls victim to clogged pores, but fear no more! Activated Charcoal masks and scrubs are designed to relieve your pores of dirt, oil, and other bacteria. Black heads and white heads can be removed whole with the popular Charcoal peel off masks. Not only is it satisfying, but it is cleansing as well.

  • Activated Charcoal can Treat Acne

Beyond masks, there’s an array of exfoliants and soaps that have been created for those of us suffering from acne. Products such as Bior’s Charcoal Acne Daily Cleanser claim to clear blemishes and acne within two days, while preventing future breakouts.

  • Activated Charcoal Naturally Whitens Teeth

Activated Charcoal is naturally adhesive, so when it is applied to our teeth it attaches itself to all of the grimy surface strainers. By adding water to Activated Charcoal, you can create the perfect teeth whitening mixture. Coffee stains can now be rinsed away!

  • Activated Charcoal Rids our Scalps of Toxins and Dandruff

As it does with our pores, the Activated Charcoal acts as a magnet, collecting oil, dirt, dandruff, and toxins trapped by our hair follicles. You can purchase Activated Charcoal tablets to mix with your shampoo for a purifying wash. Getting rid of the dirt and oils holding your hair down can also give you more volume.

There is a multitude of these naturally purifying products on the market, and they are worth the try! I myself have experienced the wonders of Activated Charcoal and fully recommend them to anyone struggling with oily skin or sporadic breakouts. Charcoal could truly be the key to perfect skin, teeth, and hair!

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