Every year there are a handful of beauty trends that hit the market & people go crazy over them. This year some of the big ones were the whole no-poo or co-washing craze (ick, not down), boy brows, tons of collagen products everywhere, glitter roots (some ppl hate, personally- I love), the matte lip (thx Kylie!), & the one we’re talking about today… one of my top faves…
I love Charcoal. Charcoal is my jam. Charcoal, Charcoal, MORE charcoal. Plz.
First I became addicted to Activated Charcoal lemonade. Couldn’t stop drinking it, everyday. Not a cheap habit… but a healthy one.
Charcoal is everywhere, & should be something everyone gets into. Health wise and/or beauty wise. Get into the charcoal game… stat. Here’s why.
WHAT IS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL?
Activated charcoal is a natural treatment that basically sticks to toxins (because it’s porous) & chemicals and helps flush them out of the body. Activated charcoal has been used as a safe & effective way to treat poisonings & overdoses. If you’ve ever had a dog get into something they shouldn’t have, the vet probably gave them charcoal to get it out of there body.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHARCOAL?
First & foremost, it can provide a good general detox from the daily things we all face- shitty processed food, environmental toxins, pollution, bad coffee etc. It helps your body get rid of that nastiness & promotes a healthy digestive tract. It helps keep that unwanted bacteria flowing right out of your system which helps to reduce gas & bloating, lowers cholesterol (betters overall heart health!!), & can even prevent hangovers. YUP- hangover cure on fleek. I take one or two coconut charcoal pills before I go out drinking & it’s a major game changer.
CHARCOAL FOR SKINCARE
There are TONS of skin & haircare charcoal products on the market right now & I am borderline addicted… because, it works. It really really really works. Because it attracts toxins, it makes it the best deep cleanser & detoxifier around. It’s all natural & weightless- so really, it’s only job is to pull out the bad & keep the good.
Some of the main benefits for skin: dramatically reduces pore size as it helps pull out all the nasty stuff clogging our pores. When your pores are clear, they shrink & then, your complexion clears. Easy peasy. It also helps neutralize oily skin as it pulls out the unwanted oils from your skin. Because it pulls out the oils & toxins, it will also clear up acne. Also- it’s substance is gritty, so while it’s pulling out all those toxins & clearing up your skin, it’s also exfoliating & sloughing off all those dead skin cells.
CHARCOAL FOR YOUR HAIR
Oh yea- it’s also stellar for hair care. Why? Cause toxins weight your hair down & make it lifeless/dull/icky. Using charcoal in your hair (you can even just add some powder to your shampoo), will help pull out all that unwanted oil & dirt. When there is no oil in your hair, your hair gets that Pantene style volume. Lastly, if you have any itchy scalp or dandruff, activated Charcoal will work to soothe your scalp & rid yourself of those flakes.
BUT DOES IT ACTUALLY WHITEN YOUR TEETH?
YES- this is no joke. You may see cheesy ads for it on Instagram, but it works. Open up a capsule, put it in a little bowl, dip your toothbrush in the bowl & brush as normal. First brush you will noticeably see a difference, & each brush after your smile will get whiter & whiter.