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Activated Charcoal... Benefits for Detoxing

Activated Charcoal... Benefits for Detoxing

January 20, 2017

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated Carbon or what is better know as Activated Charcoal is a material that is produced from carbonaceous source materials, such as coal, coconuts, nutshells, peat, wood, and lignite, the stuff pretty much any living thing is made of. Just a fun fact about carbon, it is the backbone of almost all life. The primary raw material used for activated carbon is any organic material with a high carbon content. The carbon-based material is converted to activated carbon through physical modification and thermal decomposition in a furnace, under a controlled atmosphere and temperature. Activated carbon is mainly available in three forms or shapes: powder, granular and extruded.

Today, the uses of activated carbon are many. It can be found in virtually every hospital,
to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses.The material is used in a variety of industries, including corn and cane sugar refining, gas adsorption, dry cleaning, pharmaceuticals, fat and oil removal, alcoholic beverage production and much more. The biggest market for activated carbon is in the purification of municipal water supplies. However, we are going to talk about of the use in personal skin and body care.

Activated Charcoal Facial Mask

Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. A charcoal mask is extremely effective in cleaning pores and keeping your skin acne free. My favorite way to use activated charcoal is in a face mask, I use an activated charcoal mask weekly to keep my pores unclogged and acne at bay. 

Ingredients for your DIY Charcoal Mask

  • Activated Charcoal- 1 teaspoon, your can purchase from Bulk Apothecary 
  • Bentonite Clay - 1 teaspoon, your can purchase from Bulk Apothecary 
  • Distilled Water or Hydrosol water - 2 tablespoons  
  • Essential Oil - I prefer lavender, 5-6 drops, I use only organic essential for its purity and effectiveness 

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    How to Make your Mask

    1. In a small glass bowl or ceramic mixing bowl mix charcoal powder, bentonite clay, distilled or hydrosol water and essential oil. Stir to combine. If the mixture is too dry, add a few drops of water at a time until desired consistency is reached
    2. Apply mask to a clean face with a brush to avoid a mess (lol) spreading in an even layer. 
    3. Leave mask on for 10 minutes. After the DIY charcoal mask is completely off your face, gently wipe your face with a cold wet towel. A cold towel should calm the redness you might have on your face..
    4. Hydrate and Moisturize as normal.

    diy mask

    After cleansing and detoxing your skin follow up with our “FACIAL NECTAR” hydrosol to rehydrate your face then apply our “MAGIC” face balm to lock-in moisture and provide protection.

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