5 Ways Charcoal Can Improve Your Skin & General Well-being -

The hype is real. Charcoal has been taking over social media with those infamous peel-off masks. But the question is, do they really work?

For many years now, charcoal has been hyped for medicinal purposes and water treatment but only recently has it become popular for skincare, hair growth, and overall well-being. Let’s take a closer look. Shall we?


1. DIY Underarm Lightening

Dark underarms come from regular deodorant and shaving. The aluminum-based active ingredients pretty much “rust” in your armpits over time from being packed in the lymph nodes. Try the beauty hack below for a lighter underarm skin.

2. Use charcoal as… a teeth whitener

LOL. Sounds real off right? How can something so black have a super whitening effect? Well, it does!  Mix it with enough water to form a dense paste, which you will use to brush your teeth with for at least three minutes. Rinse profusely and then brush your teeth normally with your usual toothpaste. No time for DIY? You can buy activated charcoal on Jumia for N3,000.

Source: Jumia

3. Use charcoal as… a soap

It keeps getting weirder right? LOL. Charcoal face soap seems to be everywhere right now, along with charcoal face masks and bath bombs. It’s easy to understand why – charcoal is fantastic for the skin. It binds to dirt and oil and pulls it out of pores, leaving skin clean and refreshed. Because of its oil absorbing properties, it’s especially fantastic for oily skin. Making your own charcoal soap is a ridiculously long process, so skip the stress and buy handmade charcoal soaps. On the average, charcoal soaps cost about N2,000.

Source: Jumia

4. Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations

It is believed that Egyptians have used Charcoal to heal wounds for centuries and this practice has become globally accepted. Activated charcoal can help speed healing and relieve the symptoms. For minor skin ailments’including insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and minor infections’activated charcoal can be applied topically.  To make the paste: slowly add water to a bit of activated charcoal powder and mix until it is a spreadable consistency.

Source: Derm store

Hair volumizer is ideal for Fine, straight, limp locks or curly hair that tend to fall flat. Apply just enough to saturate your roots.When your hair feels weighted down it’s usually not only a feeling. If you’re carrying around enough dirt, your hair will start to sag and regular shampooing may not be getting it all out. Regular shampoos remove surface dirt, but activated charcoal will pull out even more.  Spritz it on wet or dry hair, as close to the scalp as possible. Then, using a hair dryer and a big, round brush to lift locks, aim heat at the roots. (This product needs a blast of heat to work: If it air-dries in your strands, it won’t provide lift.) The other difference and this is big, is that activated charcoal isn’t going to leave the residue regular shampoos will, so your hair will feel lighter and have more volume.

Will you be trying any of these charcoal magics soon?


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