In a world where beauty products made with natural ingredients are reigning the Indian markets, activated charcoal is yet another beauty miracle. Less acquainted to many, this beauty product has gained tremendous popularity in recent times. A good amount of commercial activated charcoal beauty products are available in the markets catering to almost everything, whether it is your skin, hair, or dental care. The advantage of natural beauty ingredients is massive. You can either buy a commercial product made with them or simply adhere to the beauty hacks in the comfort of your home; and that too without any side effects.
With these activated charcoal beauty hacks, say yes to a perfect and beautiful skin!
1. Purifies your skin
Activated charcoal works miracles in cleansing your skin of impurities and toxins. The adsorptive property of the activated charcoal functions as magnets in pulling out dirt, toxins, and build-up from the skin.
How to use: Mix 2-3 capsules of activated charcoal and rosewater together in a bowl to make a paste. Apply this mask on your face. Wash off your face after the mask dries.
2. No more oily skin!
Does your face have that unwanted shine due to oily skin? If yes, then activated charcoal can be your new go-to product! The absorbent property of charcoal sucks excess oil from your skin keeping the unwanted shine at bay.
How to use: Mix 2-3 capsules of activated charcoal, 1/2 teaspoon of Multani mitti, 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of rose water together. Apply this mask on your face to have a smooth skin.
3. Say no to acne!
Activated charcoal is a proven remedy to treat acne-prone skin. It clears the skin of the impurities, acne-causing germs, and also reduces inflammation caused by acne.
How to use: In a small bowl, add one capsule activated charcoal, one tablespoon of aloe vera gel, and one drop of tea tree oil. Apply this mixture on your face and let it sit for five minutes. Wash off with cold water. Repeat the process two times a week.
4. For a glossy smile!
Yellow teeth are like a scar on your beautiful face and smile. Here activated charcoal comes as a rescue. Due to its abrasive texture, it removes the accumulated plaque from the teeth and scourges the stains.
How to use: Mix activated charcoal, baking soda, and some coconut oil in a small bowl. Brush your teeth with this paste and let it sit on your teeth for five minutes. Rinse your mouth with clean water.
5. Say goodbye to blackheads!
Getting blackheads removed from parlors is very painful. Activated charcoal makes this process much easier for the people with its peel-off mask. It not only removes the blackheads from the pores but also the dirt and pollutants stuck into the skin.
How to use: In a small bowl, mix well a tablespoon of gelatin powder in 2 tablespoons of water. Place this bowl in a container of hot water. Stir vigorously until the gelatin thickens. Immediately add activated charcoal powder, tea tree oil, and some honey in the gelatin. Apply this peel-off mask on your face. After it has dried, remove the mask and wash your face. Apply a moisturizer.
You can simply apply a face mask made of activated charcoal powder and honey to get rid of blackheads.
6. For a spotless skin!
Activated charcoal is a bang-on remedy to remove tough acne scars and blemishes from the face. It helps in removing the dead skin over the acne scars giving the face a nice glow.
How to use: Mix activated charcoal powder and a tablespoon of Multani mitti in a small bowl with some water to make a paste. Add 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice into it. Scrub this paste on your face for about 5 minutes and let it sit for some time. Wash your face with warm water and apply moisture.
7. Shrink your pores
Enlarged pores make your skin more prone to acne and blackheads. This makes your skin look dull and aged. But with activated charcoal, you can shrink the enlarged pores and say adieu to many skin-related ailments.
How to use: Take 1/2 teaspoon each of activated charcoal, Multani mitti, baking soda, coconut oil in a small bowl and mix all the ingredients with water to make a paste. Apply this mask on your face and scrub well. Leave it on for about five minutes. Wash your face and apply moisturizer.
8. Charcoal for whiter underarms
Are you afraid of wearing cut sleeve dresses just because of your dark underarms? If yes, then worry no more! Activated charcoal is the best home remedy to whiten dark armpits so that you can wear sleeveless dresses confidently.
How to use: In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of activated charcoal, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Scrub your underarms with this mixture and then let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse off. Repeat this process once every week.
9. A perfect exfoliator
Activated charcoal is an amazing skin exfoliator. It removes the dead skin cells and impurities from the skin leaving it soft and supple.
How to use: Mix 3-4 tablespoons of white sugar, 2 capsules of activated charcoal, 2 tablespoon of virgin olive oil, and 2-3 drops of any essential oil in a bowl. Apply this mask on your face and scrub for about a minute. Wash your face with lukewarm water. You can apply rose water thereafter with a cotton swab.
10. Remedy for skin-related ailments
Activated charcoal is not just a beauty product but it can also be used to treat skin-related ailments like painful acne, cysts or bug bites. The carbon present in the charcoal sucks out the poison from the skin, thereby reducing inflammation and irritation.
How to use: Mix activated charcoal, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel in a small ball to make a healing potion. Apply it on the affected areas to alleviate the pain of the skin infection.
11. An excellent eye-makeup ingredient
Give a break to the commercial and chemical-based eyeliners or mascaras, and get your hands on homemade eye products made with activated charcoal for beautiful eyes.
How to use: In a small bowl, mix 1-2 tablespoon activated charcoal powder, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, and 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel. The secret to perfect and beautiful eyes is ready!