While activated charcoal may not have the intense cult following that beloved coconut oil does, it is definitely gaining in popularity and use. It’s a favorite ingredient in so many natural beauty products because it’s so effective and safe. It’s a popular and simple choice as a natural teeth whitener, as a detoxifying agent for your digestive system, as a face mask and as many other natural remedies and products. But activated charcoal has a number of other, more obscure uses as a natural beauty product as well!
Putting chemical-laden, man-made dyed products onto your skin is probably the last thing you want to do, especially considering it all gets absorbed right into your bloodstream the minute you put it on! Unfortunately, many of the natural beauty products on the market today just don’t seem to get the job done and are made with weak, ineffective ingredients.
Enter activated charcoal! Activated charcoal is best known for its toxin-eliminating properties— that’s why it works so well as a hangover cure and as a body scrub! But its natural, inky color can also be super useful when it comes to natural make-up products.
Black eyeliner is a make-up bag staple and one you can go through pretty quickly. Activated charcoal is an affordable, natural eyeliner solution— and it’s fun to make to boot! To store it, try rinsing out and cleaning an old
Homemade Eyeliner with Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil
• 2 tsp coconut oil
• 4 tsp aloe vera gel
• 1/2 tsp activated charcoal
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and store in a small glass jar. Be sure to always use a clean brush when you’re applying your make-up so you don’t introduce bacteria into the pot.
Topical Remedies for Bites and Stings
Activated charcoal is an incredible resource for pulling toxins out of the body— it’s even been known to help cure some spider bites on different occasions! Less intensely and much more frequently, it’s also great for helping reduce inflammation and itchiness that comes from insect bites and stings.
The balm is perfect for hiking trips, camping and outdoor parties; keep a few tins out for everyone to use. It’s especially great when you or your friends and family have sensitive skin or are allergic to a lot of the store bought balms and itch relievers out there.
Just make sure you store it in a cool, dry place as the coconut oil will melt!
DIY Insect Balm for Bug Bites and Stings
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1/2 tbsp shea butter
• 5-7 drops organic lavender essential oil
• 1 tsp activated charcoal
• 1 tsp aloe vera gel
Directions: In a double boiler, melt down coconut oil and Shea butter. Once fully melted, remove from heat. Add aloe vera gel, lavender essential oil, and activated charcoal — mix well.
Carefully spoon the liquid into your containers. Allow to rest for 2-3 hours.
Acne and Blackhead Spot Treatment
Activated charcoal is a well known — and well loved — natural remedy for blackheads and acne as a face mask. If you’re not prone to massive breakouts and instead only suffer the occasional spot, an entire face mask may be too much for you! Thankfully, activated charcoal works just as well as a spot treatment, allowing you to target your problem areas without interfering with your skin’s natural state.
It’s super simple: just mix a drop or two of water with a tiny amount of activated charcoal powder and apply the mixture to your problem areas. It’s best to do this at night after you’ve washed and moisturized your face and allow it to sit on your skin overnight. Just rinse your face in the morning!
A True Beauty Product Powerhouse
With a bag of activated charcoal powder and a jar of coconut oil in your medicine cabinet, you don’t need much else to get you through any number of beauty-related concerns or issues. Whether its for more mainstream concerns like teeth whitening and detoxing or more obscure uses like for eczema and as an eyebrow gel, it has you covered.
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.
About the Author: Megan is a DIY health & beauty addict. She’s committed to making her itsy-bitsy apartment chemical free. You can find her work at Rocky Mountain Essential where she is responsible for the blog, Instagram and Pinterest.