As usual, I’m always on the prowl for the latest SUPER ingredient to hit the market, hoping to find that holy grail that resolves well… mostly everything. While scrolling through facebook, I came across a fascinating post on a charcoal mask by ASDM Beverly Hills. I had never heard of charcoal being used for anything other than barbeques, but WOW did this ingredient turn up having an amazing profile. Activated Charcoal has been used for several years now as a natural alternative to treating poison victims. It literally binds itself to the toxins roaming around in your stomach preventing against their absorption into your bloodstream. Lifesaving? Absolutely! Now Activated charcoal also has a similar effect on skin. When applied topically, it penetrates into the skin, binding to dirt & sebum. Picture it working like Drano which travels down the pipes clearing them of dirt and debris that can cause stoppage. Likewise, activated charcoal extracts impurities that lie both on the skin and within pores, preventing against breakouts and dull skin. Must-have? Definitely!
What implications does this new ingredient have on your skin?
It’s incredible cleaning potential makes Activated Charcoal excellent for ALL skin types. Detoxification of skin and pores should be performed at least once a week to ensure that impurities are not creating a skin ailment that can be detrimental in the future. For those with skin on the oily side, I would definitely detoxify more often, even going as far as doing it on the daily. There are absolutely no negative effects if you use this daily.
How do you use Activated Charcoal?
You can purchase Activated Charcoal powder by itself and mix with your favorite clay mask or you can choose a line of products that carries it in a ready to use mask form. However there are some best brands which prepare best cleanser like ASDM Beverly Hills Charcoal Cleanser you can give a try to it. I would also look into charcoal cleansers and moisturizers to add to my routine especially if your skin is on the problematic, acne prone side.
Can you drink activated charcoal?
Yes, activated charcoal can be mixed with water to create a detoxifying beverage. I would only purchase activated charcoal from reputable sources. Here is the best recipe I found:
CHARCOAL DETOX FORMULA
- Mix 2 tablespoons of ACTIVATED CHARCOAL POWDER to 1 liter of water.
- Close bottle and shake well.
- Repeat once daily, preferably first thing in the morning
- You should note a significant difference in your intestinal health and overall wellbeing after 3 months of daily usage.
- TIP: Store activated charcoal powder in a tightly sealed glass container. Mason jars are ideal.
Can you use on hair?
I must say, that there are several ways to use this ingredient! It gets me all excited just figuring out new ways. Here is one recipe for hair use:
CHARCOAL CLEANSING HAIR TONIC
- Mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water and ¼ tsp of activated charcoal.
- Apply to wet or dry hair, making sure to massage unto scalp and problem areas.
- Leave on a few minutes
You can also add activated charcoal to your favorite shampoo. Activated charcoal works AMAZINGLY at clearing dandruff, excess oil and bacteria.
Did you know?
Activated charcoal is basically carbon treated with oxygen. It has been around since 1550 BC and is currently also used in the production of water filters, as it helps remove toxins from the water.
Seems Like Activated charcoal is definitely the holy grail of ingredients. It covers a broad range of areas, being extremely beneficial to all. It is hard to think of another ingredient that can truly help you internally and externally as much as this one does. It definitely is worthy of being dubbed my holy grail ingredient of the year.