Natural Ingredient Focus: Charcoal

Until recently, most of us probably wouldn’t have thought of using activated charcoal as an ingredient on our beauty products, but there’s been a boom in cleansers, masks and even toothpastes containing the black stuff.

Activated charcoal has actually long been used in hospitals as part of treatments for alcohol poisoning, as the charcoal grabs onto toxins into the stomach and absorbs them before the body can. The same logic applies to charcoal in beauty; it sucks up dirt and oil and washes them away when you rinse.

If you’re ready to dip your toe into the world of charcoal, we have some suggestions for some easy products to try.

For the body

Clear out trapped dirt and get an all over detox with a Charcoal Body Wash from CB&Co. All you have to do is apply to a washcloth or pouf, and use exactly as you would your normal body wash.

For the inside

Charcoal tablets can be a great, natural solution to a range of troubles, including indigestion, wind and heartburn. They can even help with bad breath after smoking, and because they’re natural, they can be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Try Braggs Charcoal Tablets for a traditional healthy hit.

For the face

There are hundreds of face washes and masks using charcoal on the market now, and no wonder. The charcoal lifts away dead skin, dirt, oil and other nasties, leaving your skin smoother and clearer. For men, we love L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Black Charcoal Face Wash. For women, try L’Oreal Pure Clay Foam Detox Wash in black, and for a pampering treat, try Garnier Charcoal and Algae Hydrating Face Sheet Mask.

For teeth

Charcoal activated toothpaste is big news and CB&Co has a range of toothpastes and whitening gels. If you’re new to charcoal toothpaste, start the right way with their Ultimate Teeth Whitening Activated Charcoal Trio Set, which contains a gel, charcoal activated toothbrush and a post treatment rinse.

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