Previously used for treatment of drug poisoning in emergency rooms, Activated carbon – nowadays, has turned out to be an integral & inevitable component in beauty therapy. Present in face masks, face washes, face scrubs, bars, exfoliators, shampoos, nose strips (for blackheads removal), tooth paste, tooth brush, and why not, even in juices obviously with flavour, activated carbon does unbelievable changes by cleansing out the micro pores formed via pollution through air, water and smoke; namely pollutants formed in the form of dust, dirt & oils.
Now, what do we know about activated carbon? It’s basically charcoal that has been heated on to a certain level thus increasing its porosity, adsorption and absorption properties.
Activated carbon attracts oils & dirt from the clogged pores of skin thus making it deeply cleansed, leaving you with an instant glow and you appear fairer than before.
Thanks to its non-oil property, facial masks with activated carbon stays the first choice for people suffering from oily face; not to apply facial masks more than once a week. People with dry face are suggested to stay away from beauty products with activated carbon, as they tend to make the skin even more dry whilst applied frequently.
Activated carbon is capable of curing ZITS (A kind of comedo formed as a result of excess oil getting trapped in the pores), which makes it one of the most perfect reasons to treat Acne. This can be incorporated into your face wash or as a spot mask as gentle exfoliation can also be done with this.
A shampoo wash with activated carbon component, helps you get rid of unhealthy scalp trends & hair issues by pulling the residues left on scalp, making the hair look more voluminous and bouncy.
If your hair is of a light color, be cautious enough not to get it stained while using high content carbon products.But, be cautious when you have light colored hair as it might stain your pretty looks! So, it’s always recommended to do a patch test, before u cleanse immensely.
Shampoos with activated carbon content are available in the market. However, if you couldn’t find, you may simply add a teaspoon or a capsule of it into your regular shampoo and use it as normal.
Activated carbon can also be used for treating insect bites on the affected area (where stinged) and you may repeat it if necessary. However, you’re recommended to consult a dermatologist if the irritation persists.
When mixed with toothpaste, activated carbon helps in teeth whitening (recommended usage: thrice a week). Keep in mind, this may stain any veneers or crowns you’ve applied earlier.