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Natural DIY Activated charcoal face mask
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is the type of charcoal that is made using carbon by combining it with different gases and then heating it to very high temperatures, through a process called activation.
Due to activation, the carbon develops little pockets of space that largely increase the surface area of the nutrients. This gives it the ability to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so that the body cannot reabsorb them again.
Activated charcoal is made from a variety of sources, but if it is going to be used for medicinal reasons, it’s important to choose the one made from coconut husks or other natural sources.
Benefits of activated charcoal
Activated charcoal can work as a formidable weapon in your beauty and cleansing routine. Being porous makes it have absorbent properties which come in handy in various situations. For example, it helps remove toxins from your body by binding to toxins and absorbing them before they enter the blood. This property makes important for your skin care.
Some of the benefits of activated charcoal include:
Cleansing your face
Dirt and skin oils get trapped in your skin due to everyday pollution, thereby leaving it dull and lifeless. But then activated charcoal binds to excess oils and impurities and draws them out of your skin, cleans and refreshes it.
You can prepare a simple mask by combining 2 teaspoons of activated charcoal with 2 teaspoons of water. Wash your face and apply this mixture. You should then wash it off after 10 minutes with a little warm water and dry your face.
Exfoliating your skin
Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis improves your complexion by getting rid of dead cells that make your skin look dull. Finely ground activated charcoal can work as an exfoliating scrub since it has a somewhat gritty texture.
Prepare a simple exfoliating scrub by combining 1-2 tablespoons of finely ground charcoal with 1 tablespoon of skin-nourishing oil. Apply on the skin and massage it for a couple of minutes and then wash it off to get a fresh skin.
Ensure that you apply gently because aggressive exfoliation can damage your skin. Apply the scrub on your skin frequently-twice a week, if it’s oily or thick. On the other hand, if your skin is dry it will be enough to exfoliate it just once a week.
Clogged pores make your skin to have a bad complexion and this can contribute to acne. Skin pores can be clogged up by skin oils, dead skin cells, dirt and impurities from everyday pollution. Therefore, the simple remedy for this common problem is trying a mask of purified activated charcoal and astringent apple cider vinegar.
Make this pore-cleansing mask by mixing equal quantities of activated charcoal and apple cider vinegar. Apply it on the skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off.
There is no scientific evidence explaining how activated charcoal can clear up acne. However, it depends on how severe it is and what is causing it. Since clogged pores contribute to acne, activated charcoal can be used to draw out the pore-clogging impurities causing the acne.
You can prepare an acne-bursting mask by mixing activated charcoal with a few drops of tree oil, 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, a pinch of salt and a little water. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes before washing off with cold water. But if it’s a severe case, you will need to use medication.
Activated charcoal can be used to heal damaged skin and wounds. It works by drawing out chemicals and fluids that prevent the process of healing. As a matter of fact, most dressings use a mixture of antibacterial silver and activated charcoal to manage the wound. You will need to speak with your doctor to explore a dressing of activated charcoal that you can use to treat a wound you have.
People with kidney dialysis often get an itchy skin due to a variety of reasons which include high levels of phosphorous in the body and loss of fluids. According to research activated charcoal can help. A certain study indicated that consumption of 6 grams of activated charcoal on a daily basis for a period of 8 weeks, relieved itching and skin lesions caused by scratching. But you should always remember to consult your doctor before consuming activated charcoal.
Deep cleaning your skin
You can send toxins away by using cleansers that contain activated charcoal found in bottles. It’s important not to use activated charcoal cleansers on a daily basis as they can soak up the healthy oils and moisture your skin needs. Check out the other ingredients before buying a liquid cleanser just to make sure that, the product best suits your combination of needs.
Soothing and healing bites, cuts and skin irritations
If you are stung by a bee or cut by a knife, you will have an infected wound. Activated charcoal can be applied in order to speed up the healing and relieve the symptoms. It can be applied topically as a paste to help in absorbing venom and infection when you have an insect bite, stings, cuts scrapes and minor infections. It will also reduce the pain and swelling.
Recipe and directions
The ingredients for activated charcoal face mask include:
- ½ teaspoon of activated charcoal powder.
- ½ teaspoon of Bentonite clay.
- 1 tablespoon of water.
- ½ teaspoon of jojoba oil
Reasons for the use of Bentonite clay and Jojoba oil
Bentonite clay is used because it’s incredibly absorbent and it becomes a power detoxifier when its mixed with water.it also has a negative ionic charge which makes it bind to and remove toxins and other impurities from your skin.
Jojoba oil, on the other hand, is used because of its close resemblance with the natural sebum on the skin and thus it cannot clog your pores. Furthermore, Jojoba oil contains vitamins E and B and it is easily absorbed by your skin making it a great oil for moisturizing.
- Combine all the ingredients in a small container.
- Mix all the ingredients in order to combine and form a paste. Add any required water to smoothen the paste.
- You can use your finger or a mall fan brush to apply to your skin.
- Leave it on for approximately 5 minutes in order for the paste to dry. Wash the mask off immediately if you feel burning or tingling sensation at any given time.
- Wash it off with warm water.
The mask is known to be a little difficult to remove, therefore if you find that you have some black residue remaining around the skin area, apply a small amount of lotion and then wipe using a towel.
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