No, I’m not talking about the charcoal your dad used to throw in the grill or those lumps you used to find in your stockings (or was that just me?), I’m talking about activated charcoal.
After finding fame on Gwyneth Paltrow’s health based website ,’Goop‘, activated charcoal quickly became one of the trendiest healthy ingredients on the market.Since the release of the article, activated charcoal has taken the health and beauty conscious market by storm, popping up in a magnitude of beauty products and being consumed in a different array of drinks. Think, kale, but not nearly as taste and, sadly, can not be made into sriracha chips by roasting it in the oven.
For those of you who haven’t caught up with the memo of active charcoal, and what it is, let me give you a simple run down. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been heated, which increased its absorptive power. Due to the increased absorptive power, the charcoal gains cleansing ability and, it is this cleansing ability, that makes activated charcoal just so popular. And, I don’t know about you, but I think ‘cleansing’ is a pretty hot word right now, am I right?
However, there are more ways to cleanse your body than to just drink charcoal (I’ve tried a cold press charcoal lemonade once and, let me say, never again). To achieve the beauty benefits of charcoal, one only needs a few DIY recipes up their sleeves. Check out some of my personal favorites.
- Face Mask
Due to its inability to be absorbed into the skin, activated charcoal is an ideal face mask ingredient because it prevents clogged pores and doesn’t leave behind any greasy residue. However, while it doesn’t leave anything behind, activated charcoal face masks are masters at purifying the skin and pulling toxins from all those pesky little pours. To make a charcoal face mask, take 1/2 cup of active charcoal and add water to it until a paste consistency is formed. Place on your face and leave on for 15 minutes before washing off.
- Teeth Whitening
Now, I know we’ve all been given this beauty secret from out grandmothers or great grandmothers. When I was a child, my nana used to keep a small glass jar of charcoal next to the toothbrush stand on the sink. And she had a good reason too! Active charcoal is an amazing tool for whitening those chompers. Due to active charcoal’s tendency to ‘pull’, it has the ability to pull the yellow tint right from your teeth. Sounds crazy, right? But, it does indeed work. To wash your (soon to be) pearly whites with charcoal, just sprinkle some on your toothbrush, followed by a few drops of water, and begin brushing.
- Eyelash Tinting
Who doesn’t want darker eyelashes? Who doesn’t want to stop buying those overpriced mascaras that clump and dry out your lashes? (Ducks head and raises hand) With activated charcoal, perhaps you can? While most activated charcoal DIYs have focused on the mineral’s detoxifying powers, this eyelash tinting DIY utilises its texture and pitch black color. To make an eyelash tinter from activated charcoal, aka, a better and chemical free mascara, is as easy as it is simple. First, mix soften coconut oil and activated charcoal powder. Second, take a clean mascara wand (you can either wash an old one or buy a clean on in most beauty department stores), and apply the mixture as though it was mascara. Due to the coconut oil, your lashes will not dry out or split.