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5 Best Charcoal Beauty Uses & Benefits

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Activated charcoal has many surprising uses - from teeth whitening to clarifying masks. Will you be adding any of these into your beauty routine?

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What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a natural remedy used to flush toxins and chemicals out of our bodies so they wouldn’t be reabsorbed. Also known as activated carbon, it can be used to treat some types of poisoning or ingestion as well as the symptoms of indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you are keen on using this ingredient for medical purposes.

Having said that, activated charcoal has a plethora of other uses. Here are some of them:

Charcoal Teeth Whitening

Coffee fan? We all know that dark food and drinks can stain our teeth. Fear not as activated charcoal can come to the rescue! Using a toothbrush or toothpaste with this ingredient can help whiten your teeth the natural way. It’s worth being extra careful though as charcoal can stain clothes and surfaces – so make sure you clean the sink after you brush your teeth with charcoal.

Charcoal toothpaste
Superdrug Superdrug Charcoal Mouthwash 500ml £1.97 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Charcoal Toothbrush - Pink £1.22 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Whitening Charcoal Toothpaste 75ml £1.72 Buy Now

Charcoal Face Masks

Deep clean your skin with a face mask that has charcoal as the main ingredient. These kinds of face masks help to deep cleanse and minimise your pores. This in turn makes your skin feel soft, supple and refreshed.

Tip: You only need to use face masks with activated charcoal once a week, too much use may dry out the skin -  which also means your products will last for ages!

Superdrug Superdrug Charcoal Peel Off Face Mask 10ml £0.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Face Mask 50ml £3.95 Buy Now

Control Oily Skin

Do you have oily skin? Skincare ranges with activated charcoal as the main ingredient may be your new go-to products! Look out for charcoal soap, cleansers, face masks, pore strips and face washes to help keep the unwanted shine at bay.

Charcoal nose strip

Add Volume in Your Hair

If you feel your hair is weighed down and dull, it may be time for an extra purifying hair care product. Shampoos with charcoal are more likely to pull the grease, dirt and impurities from the hair, thus adding more volume to your tresses. If you don’t want to wave goodbye to your regular shampoo just yet, simply crush up a charcoal capsule and mix in with your regular shampoo and give it a go. This works great if you want a money-saving one-off treatment!

Skin Republic Skin Republic Bubble Charcoal Face Sheet Mask 25ml £5.49 Buy Now
charcoal pill

Soothe and Heal Your Skin After Insect Bites or Bruises

If you have a minor cut, bruise or you have been on a mosquito’s menu recently, applying charcoal locally can help to soothe the skin around, lessen the swelling and absorb the toxins from insect bites.

Braggs Braggs Activated Charcoal Tablets 100s £3.59 Buy Now
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