Beauty Trend Alert: Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal has been popping up in all kinds of beauty products for years, and it’s no surprise once you know the many magical benefits this lump of activated, aka oxygenated, carbon holds!

Blackout Blackheads

Activated charcoal is a very popular ingredient in the beauty industry as a face wash component because the charcoal is porous and therefore is able to attach to and eliminate toxins. This is particularly helpful if you need to get rid of those stubborn blackheads or need spot treatment for pesky zits.

Cleanse Your Body 

Since activated charcoal is such a great cleanser, why stop at just your face? You may have acne on your chest and back that you want to get rid of, or you may just want to get extra squeaky-clean by removing any excess bacteria buildup on your skin. If this sounds like you, you may want to try using a bar of activated charcoal soap to give your whole body a cleansing scrub down.

Heal Bug Bites 

Dirt isn’t the only thing activated charcoal can bind to. Charcoal may be able to eliminate toxins in any form–even bug bits. Try applying a small amount of activated charcoal to your bug but to draw out the poison to reduce any redness, swelling, pain, and itching.

Magic Youth Elixir

With all the detoxing that activated charcoal could do on your skin, it is not a surprise that this little piece of black magic can keep you looking young. All that absorption of toxins and whisking away of bacteria can help prevent premature aging and can keep you looking young and fresh!

 

 

 

**Note: I have not tried activated charcoal. While some of the benefits of activated charcoal seem great, they are not medically proven to work and therefore i’mperfect magazine cannot be to blame for any experimentation that might go wrong from reading this article.  

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