When you think of charcoal, what comes to mind? 

Maybe some really good, smoked BBQ or what Santa left under your tree this year (coal, charcoal, same thing right?)...either way, your mind set is far from thinking charcoal should be added to your beauty regimen.

But actually it should be - charcoal is good for the skin. I'll wait for you to pick your jaw off of the floor before continuing.

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Okay, let's jump in. Charcoal has so many health benefits that your jaw is about to drop again.

Activated Charcoal Pigments for Skin Products

Benefits of Charcoal for Skin

Activated charcoal is a natural treatment that removes toxins. It uses tiny pores to trap and bond to chemicals, so when washed away, your skin can breathe freely.

The results are:

  • Acne-free Skin. By unclogging your pores of dirt, your skin should clear up.
  • Make-up Gone. Soaps with activated charcoal are able to remove your make-up with a thorough face wash. No more make-up remover bottles!
  • Remedy for Body Odor, Bites, and Rashes. It's known to help alleviate uncomfortable skin scenarios like odors, insect bites, and some skin rashes.
  • Anti-Aging. By flushing out toxins, activated charcoal has been said to reverse the side effects of aging (yippee!).

Shopping for Activated Charcoal Products

You can actually buy activated charcoal in its natural state to brush your teeth with (removes stains), or even pill form, as a digestive tract detox (alleviates bloating and increases energy).

In my opinion, the easiest and more aromatic way is to buy cosmetic products with the ingredient. Although activated charcoal is odor-less, it doesn't have to be!

When charcoal is used for the skin and added to soap, it can provide a fragrant aroma.

Gender Bender from Perfectly Posh

This body bar gives your skin a deep detox while natural shea butter and palm oil moisturize your skin - leaving a crisp fragrance for your enjoyment.

Not only should you smell the product before you buy, but you should also follow these steps to picking out the best charcoal cosmetic product for yourself and your loved ones:

  1. Read the ingredients. Even if it states that it contains activated charcoal for skin, it doesn't mean the other ingredients are safe. Do your research!
  2. Read how to apply the product. Face masks with charcoal can actually stain clothes and fabric; if you have young kids and you're constantly chasing them during your "you time" or just have an immaculate home, stay clear of this type of charcoal application.
  3. Try and get a beauty sample first. You never know how your skin may react; why not ask for a free charcoal sample? Go to the company's website of the charcoal product you're thinking of buying and request a sample from their customer service. If you're thinking of an activated charcoal Posh product, email me at charla@mylovesandthings.com with your mailing address, and I'll try to send you a sample!

I hope you sincerely enjoyed my pampering piece this week. Don't be a stranger, and leave a comment below with any activated charcoal questions you may have.