Why I cleanse my face with Charcoal

Used to combat the most congested pores, activated charcoal is a workhorse for your skin.  Activated charcoal has a unique electric charge which attracts and binds to toxins.  The way this works has to do with the millions of tiny pores covering the surface of activated charcoal, that contain a negative charge which binds to positively charged gunk – the scientific term is adsorption (not absorption).  Imagine it like mini-magnets pulling toxins into itself, which you then remove when you cleanse off the charcoal!  It’s so strong that it’s actually been used as an antidote for serious poisoning.

the proper charcoal to use

It’s important to remember that not any charcoal will do.  The term ‘activated’ signifies that the carbon has undergone a process which makes it safe for use on the body and increases the adsorptive ability. 

Make sure you’re using activated charcoal from a natural source; such as, coconut husk or nutshells.  It can be sourced from unnatural sources like peat and coal, which I’d avoid using on my skin.

 4 things charcoal does for you

A deep cleansing powerhouse, charcoal absorbs thousands of times its own weight in toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins and safely eliminates them. 

1/  Cleanses

The adsorptive properties of activated charcoal binds to buildup, pollutants, and grime.  It’s so strong that it’s actually been used internally for serious poisonings.  It does this without drying out your skin.

2/  Exfoliates

The gentle exfoliation of activated charcoal is especially beneficial for acne-prone skin because it gently removes dead epidermal cells and draws out impurities that cause pores to clog up so your skin can function optimally.

3/ Tones

When pores build up with toxins, they expand causing your skin to look aged.  When you use charcoal as a gentle exfoliator and as a mask it will absorb the gunk that cause enlarged pores.  This will allow your pores to shrink.

4/ Improves circulation

Clearing out the gunk along with the gentle dermabrasion action allows your skin to breathe easier, improving blood flow.

 how to use it

Purchase a good charcoal sourced from a natural product.  It comes either in a loose powder or in capsules.  Either option is fine.  If using capsules, simply pop the capsule open to pour the powder out.

You can use activated charcoal just on it’s own mixed with a small amount of water to create a paste.  Rub it over  your neck and face in a gentle circular motion.  Let it sit for 10-15 minutes to really pull out the toxins.  For even better results, hop in the shower to let the gentle push and pull from the steam push the charcoal action even deeper into your skin.  Rinse and pat dry, follow with a moisturizer.

It won’t stain your skin but be careful of getting the charcoal on clothing or other surfaces, as it will stain.

how often should you use it?

It depends on your skin type.  If you have acne, using charcoal 3 – 4 times per week may be beneficial to get it under control.  For normal and combo skin a charcoal scrub 2 – 3 times a week would probably be good.  For sensitive skin, keeping it at once per week may show best results for you.

If you use charcoal consistently you’ll be rewarded with the many benefits of this powerhouse and really start to notice changes in your skin.

a quick note on the activated charcoal polish

My activated charcoal facial polish is used to cleanse, exfoliate, and balance your skin.  This blend of clay, herbs, and probiotics cleanses away the upper layer of skin while gently revealing the fresh glow beneath. It simultaneously treats your senses to rich, earthy aromatherapy for a true spa treat in your own home.

Polish beauty right to the surface.


November 25, 2019 — Hanna Hendrickson

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