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Get Beautiful With Charcoal!

Updated on June 19, 2014

Activated Charcoal Is Amazing!

Okay so everyone has their go to beauty routine when they are looking to brighten up their look and I must say activate charcoal is mine! It has so many different uses, and is easy to use and find. I have found that many things that are not all natural can be replaced with activated charcoal and made all natural. This lens is designed to provide you with many of the beauty and maintenance uses for activated charcoal and how I use it in my day to day life.

Whiten Teeth!

I must admit the years of drinking coffee and smoking really tarnished my teeth. I was looking for something to help whiten them after I had quit all of those bad habits, and wanted to go the all natural rout. I came across activated charcoal for whitening teeth and thought I would give it a try. Basically you take a capsule or teaspoon, depending how you order it and mix with a bit of water. Swish it around your mouth for fifteen minutes and spit it out into the sink. Your mouth will be black which in my opinion is kind of awesome! With your toothbrush brush your teeth like you normally would and rinse until the charcoal is gone.

Now the first time I did this I didn't see a huge difference but I repeated it three times a week for a month and wowza! Now my pearly whites are sparkling. I paired it with the Crest Whitening line and the two of them combined worked amazingly well. If you are looking to whiten your teeth activated charcoal is a great way to go. The charcoal absorbs the tannins that coffee, cigs, and other things that discolor teeth leave behind.

Demolish Acne

If you struggle with acne and black heads like I do activated charcoal may be just what you are looking for. Activated charcoal is highly detoxifying and so when it comes face to face (pun intended) with dirt and oil that you carry on your skin, it wipes it out. Personally what I do is just take a capsule and break it open and mix with just a bit of my face wash. I will then wash my face like normal. It helps to combat my breakouts like nothing I have ever used before. Plus the grain of it gives you a bit of an exfoliation! Who doesn't love fighting wrinkles and getting glowing skin? I know I do!

I also will use it as a spot treatment mixed with a little water I will make a sort of paste and apply it to the zit I want to get rid of, and by the next morning it's all gone!

Watch Out!

Make sure you don't get any of the activated charcoal on your clothes or surfaces! There is a good chance that it WILL stain!

Hangover No More!

Due to activated charcoal's great ability to absorb it makes for an amazing hangover cure! Hospitals use it in alcohol poisoning cases, or for those who have ingested something they shouldn't have. The charcoal absorbs and removes toxins from the body. Along with hangovers I love using it for when I get the stomach flu or indulge in something that upsets my stomach. Many people take it daily to help flush toxins out of their bodies. Unfortunately while absorbing the alcohol you will find that it also will absorb any other medication that you take, so be very careful! Activated charcoal saved me during college when I ended up drinking to much and dealing with a nasty hangover. I remember there was a girl who suffered from alcohol poisoning the first month of school and I gave her several of my charcoal tablets when she came back to campus and she said it helped her stomach a ton!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Interesting idea. I'll give it a try.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I knew about the teeth whitening properties of charcoal, but I wasn't aware of its anti-hangover properties. Thanks for the tips.

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      bpratt lm 3 years ago

      @AnnaMKB: I absolutely love whitening my teeth with it! Especially because I have sensitive teeth, and regular whitening agents make my teeth hurt :)

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      AnnaMKB 3 years ago

      Very interesting! I knew a few uses for activated charcoal, but they all involved things like aquariums and gardening, not beauty!

      Would *never* have thought of using it as a tooth whitener! *L*