Activated charcoal is one of the items that we always have on hand at the house! We use it internally to soothe stomach discomfort and bloating, and to aid in our body’s natural detoxing. It’s also great for teeth whitening, water filtration, deodorant, and SKIN CARE!
What is Activated Charcoal?
“Activated charcoal is a special form of carbon that can bind other substances on its surface (adsorption). That is why it is used for water filtration. It is also used to adsorb drugs in the gut so the drugs don’t enter the body. Activated charcoal is made by burning carbon-rich materials, such as wood, at very high temperatures to create charcoal. The resulting product is a black, odorless powder. The charcoal is then “activated” through a special process that makes lots of holes and crevices on the charcoal particles to increase surface area and available binding sites. One teaspoonful of activated charcoal has about the same total surface area as a football field! In the emergency room, the black powder is mixed with a liquid and given to a poisoned patient to drink.” – Poison Control
Activated Charcoal for Skin Health
Activated charcoal actually binds to dirt in our pores, pulls it out, and helps to make our pores less visible!
Activated charcoal also helps to balance oily skin by pulling the excess oils out.
It makes a great face mask for those who deal with acne because dirt + excess oil on the skin is a contributing factor and activated charcoal helps with both!
Activated Charcoal Face Mask
Making an activated charcoal face mask is super easy and leaves your face feeling AMAZING! I would only recommend using this mask 2-3 times per week.
What you’ll need (makes a mask for 1 person):
– 1/2 tsp. Activated Charcoal
– 1/2 tsp. Bentonite Clay (optional, but I love adding it!)
– 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
– 4-8 drops of your favorite essential oils for skin health (see suggestions below)
What to do:
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and apply to face. Let dry and then rinse off.
Essential Oils for Skin Health
Essential oils for Dry Skin:
Myrrh, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood
Essential oils for Oily Skin:
Clary Sage, Rosemary, Frankincense, Geranium, Neroli, Citrus oils, Juniper
Essential oils for Sensitive Skin:
Lavender, Frankincense, Sandalwood
Essential oils for Acne-prone Skin:
Helichrysum, Lemon, Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Juniper
Essential oils for Aging Skin:
Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, Carrot Seed, Neroli, Myrrh