Charcoal: The good stuff

Glowing health and beauty begins within, starting as a seed and sprouting to our fingertips. We have to train our minds to see the body as a temple; a special place that requires attention and devotion. You wouldn’t recite a mantra with haste. Equally, we shouldn’t slap a creamer on our faces as we rush into the office. Introduce the rituals of well-being, the sacraments of a sound mind and beauty throughout. The power to make smart decisions with beauty and wellness is buzzing in the palm of your hand, we simply find the lightning in the midst of a storm.

It should come as no surprise that a handful of beauty enhancers are hiding away somewhere in the kitchen, so let’s turn our attention to the absolute wonders of activated charcoal.

Charcoal is an organic residue that is derived from various sources like wood, coal, coconut shells, or even bamboo, like our Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser. Stretching beyond its resurrected state, “activated” charcoal refers to the remains of the particle that are then steamed to formulate a very fine dust with a towering surface area. The end result is commonly used both internally and externally for different purposes.

Internally, activated charcoal works as a deep-cleaning champion, banishing the most intricate of toxins that hide in the crevices. A single gram of activated charcoal binds together a stockpile of harmful bacteria and rubbish, therefore making the extermination of such debris much easier. This includes any kind of digestive byproduct that may cause cramps or some style of discomfort. Additionally we’ve found that AC is a long-term teeth whitener, so give your mouth a swish 'n' rinse after brushing.

Any and all of these fantastic benefits can be harvested in a single drink made in your kitchen. Below you can find a simple concoction to sip at home or take with you on the go.

  • 1-2 tsp. activated charcoal
  • 1 squeezed lemon
  • A few drops of honey for flavor
  • Fill bottle or cup with filtered water
  • Stir, shake, and sip!

There is a plethora of external uses to talk up too, first and foremost, activated charcoal is a go-to for exfoliating our skin. Exfoliation of dead skin cells is a refreshing and totally necessary procedure that plays a leading role in skin maintenance. Our bodies are constantly shedding old skin and lifting the newer layers. But sometimes, more often than not, the dead skin cells do not shed fast enough, causing a build up of old skin which could lead to breakouts and excess oil.

We can also utilize activated charcoal as a face mask, purifying the skin while simultaneously absorbing facial oils. Putting together a charcoal mask at home is fairly straight forward. A single pea-sized portion is all you need mixed with warm water and applied to a dry face. DIY face masks can get messy, in which case our Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser works more efficiently with less of a mess to clean up afterwards. This cleanser is a delicious contrast between the charcoal, which soaks up excess oils, and the aloe, which soothes and moisturizes our skin.




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