From beauty blogs to DIY videos, charcoal therapy has gained a lot of popularity recently for its wonderful uses and benefits. It is being used for cleansing, exfoliating, hair treatments and whitening of teeth, etc. Charcoal has found an essential place in beauty care products and routines. Activated charcoal is known to draw out dirt, excess oil and other impurities from skin pores. One major advantage of using charcoal in beauty products is that it does not cause any allergic reactions or inflammation of the skin whatsoever. Also, due to its abundance, people can use it daily in their skin care routines without having the risk of running out of it one day.
Read this article to learn about charcoal therapy, its uses and amazing benefits:
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a naturally found carbon that is heated and oxidized to give it a porous surface. This larger surface area makes it a natural agent to absorb impurities, toxins and chemicals. The medical use of charcoal is quite beneficial in treating patients of drug overdose and poisoning. Since it does not get absorbed by the body, it is used to absorb the harmful toxins before they enter the bloodstream. The same absorption property of charcoal comes in handy in case of skin care. Its sponge like surface helps to absorb impurities and excess oil from the skin when it comes into contact. This drawing out of impurities from the skin gives it a cleaner glow. The negative charge of the activated charcoal attracts the positively charged molecules of dirt and impurities like a magnet and bring them to the surface of the skin. These impurities can then be washed to give a cleaner and brighter skin.
Benefits of Charcoal Therapy
There are various benefits of Charcoal therapy; some of them are mentioned below:
Cleans the Pores
The pores of the skin get clogged by toxins from the polluted environment around us. These impurities in the pores lead to more skin problems like blemishes and acne. The clogged pores become bigger in size due to the presence of oil and impurities in them. Activated charcoal is very beneficial to pull out oil and impurities from the pores of the skin and hence make them appear smaller.
Use a mixture of charcoal powder, clay powder, apple cider vinegar and water to make a cleansing mask. After washing off the mask, dry your face and use Eminence Probiotic Moisturizer to give a final treatment to your clogged pores.
Face acne can be extremely frustrating and the more you try to get rid of it, the longer it stays. Acne occurs because of the clogging of hair follicles with dirt and sebum. Acne causes inflammation and red bumps on the skin that can look very unappealing. It is important to know what the cause of your acne is and how severe it is before looking for any type of treatments.
Most types of acne can be treated with charcoal therapy quite easily. You can use a charcoal mask to pull out the dirt and sebum on the surface or you can use charcoal soaps to exfoliate the skin. If you are not comfortable with the idea of using charcoal all over your face, you can just use it on the acne spots to treat them. Use a product such as Image Vital C Hydrating Intense Moisturizer after the application to rehydrate the skin.
Balances Oily Skin
People with oily skin are more prone to suffer from acne and clogged pores. The excess oil secreted by the pores can attract more dirt and impurities that can clog the pores and make them infected. Charcoal therapy is used to pull out excess oil from the skin. It is recommended to use activated charcoal to treat oily skin only twice a week because excessive use can make your skin get rid of essential oils as well. When using charcoal masks, you must be careful and make sure the skin remains hydrated. You can use a charcoal mask to draw sebum, dirt and make up residue out of the skin pores. You can also use charcoal powder with clay powder and green tea to treat oily skin.
Helps the Budget
Charcoal therapy is great for your skin and it helps you to save a lot of money which you would otherwise spend on expensive spas. People often complain about not getting clean and clear skin after a visit to the spa, even after paying for a deep facial massage and various facial creams. If you use activated charcoal, you won’t need a scrub or several creams anymore to give you that beautiful skin. Use a charcoal mask or make your own from one of the many beauty blogs and videos. However, limit the use of charcoal cleansing to twice a month because excessive use of charcoal can draw out essential oils from your skin.
Apart from various beauty benefits of activated charcoal, it is also very useful in treating bites and cuts. You can apply a paste of activated charcoal on insect bites, cuts or bumps caused by a bee sting. It works as an antidote to draw out the poison from a bee sting and reduces inflammation. Moreover, it is also very effective in treating damaged hair. It works on the scalp in the same way as it works on the skin. It removes impurities and toxins from the scalp and makes your hair healthier.