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Does Activated Charcoal Work?

 When you think of charcoal you may think it’s what you grill with. But activated charcoal is different and it’s taken the country by storm. First it was activated charcoal for detox, now it’s in the beauty aisle. But what is activated charcoal and what can it do for you? 

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a superfine, odorless black powder with toxin-clearing properties. It is not the same substance found in charcoal bricks. Making activated charcoal involves heating carbon-rich materials such as wood or coconut shells to extremely high temperatures.

Activated charcoal became popular for detox. Since the body is unable to absorb charcoal, toxins bind to it and leave the body.

Activated charcoal soap and face masks

Some research suggests that activated charcoal can help bring out tiny particles like dirt, chemicals, toxins and dust to the surface where it can more easily be removed. This is why activated charcoal soap, activated charcoal face masks, body washes and moisturizers have become so popular for deep cleansing. They’re great at unclogging pores and leaving your face and skin feeling smooth and fresh.  

Activated charcoal for hair

Activated charcoal shampoos gently remove oils and impurities from your hair without drying it, especially important for color-treated hair. It leaves no residue, so your tresses will feel lighter, softer and with more bounce and volume. Activated charcoal draws out impurities from your scalp too, leaving it itch-free and squeaky clean. 

Activated charcoal for teeth

While some people swear that using activated charcoal on their teeth makes them whiter, there is insufficient evidence to support this. Since activated charcoal is an abrasive, if you decide to try it to remove stains, use it only a few times each week.

Other benefits of activated charcoal

  • Intestinal gas
  • Water filtration
  • Deodorant
  • Kidney support
  • Digestion

Because of the activated charcoal trend, you can easily find it everywhere. It just might be what you’re looking for.