If you’re on Instagram, you know activated charcoal is all the rage… Charcoal lemonade… Charcoal soap… Charcoal pills… Charcoal toothpaste. It’s everywhere; it’s in everything.
So! I gave it a try, starting with the soap.
My friend at Yes To shared it with me a while ago, along with the Grapefruit Toning Mist I’m OBSESSED with, and it quickly became a favorite.
Best part about it? ( Not really, but it’s cool… ) It doesn’t look girly in my boyfriend’s shower ( LOL ), unlike my razor… ; )
But really, the best part about it is it feels really soft & nourishing for my skin—AND ( !!! ), IT IS. ( Plus the suds are a little black, which is cool and different. )
If you’re not familiar with activated charcoal here’s a bit about it
( & it’s crazy benefits! )
+ It’s a specially processed form of carbon.
+ It’s been used to cure diseases and relieve pain for thousands of years:
“Ancient Egyptians are believed to have used it as a poultice to keep wounds clean; Hindu documents from 450 B.C. discuss charcoal for water filtration. In the 18th century, charcoal was studied by chemists and pharmacists, who were interested in its ability to protect the human body from toxins. Activated carbon is still used today in water filters and as a poison antidote.”
+ Charcoal powder ( which is used in charcoal soap ) absorbs toxins, impurities and excess oil by penetrating deep into our pores. ( hint, hint—an activated charcoal drink could help w/ your hangover )
+ It gently exfoliates skin without leaving residue.
+ Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which means it’s ideal for those of us who struggle with acne, psoriasis and/or eczema.
+ When in comes in contact with water, charcoal powder releases beneficial minerals, such as CALCIUM, POTASSIUM, & MAGNESIUM, creating a soothing, relaxing hot spring-water like effect. Yes! Yes! YES!
BTW—does making soap totally remind you of slumber parties in elementary school? ( It totally does for me! ) All the girls in my 5th grade class & I would have sleepovers with just the girls before our birthday parties ( which included the guys ) and we ALWAYS did a craft activity at night—& of course, we followed that with Truth or Dare… LOL.
Any who… Next up! I want to try charcoal ice cream. It exists! Have you tried it? Tell me allllllll about it if you have. Please? : ) Was it yummy?
On a related note ⇢ if you’re taking prescription medications or supplements, consult with your doctor before drinking activated charcoal or taking activated charcoal pills as they could interfere with your prescription medications or supplements.
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