Adding Activated Charcoal to your Beauty Regime

Activated charcoal is one of those natural products with multiple uses. NatureLife SA offers activated charcoal in both veg capsule and powder form. Our CarbonCare Activated Charcoal Purifier is made from macadamia nut shells.

CarbonCare Veg Capsules or CarbonCare Powder is used to absorb and remove toxins present in the large intestine. This helps to ease stomach pain, flatulence, bloating, food and alcohol poisoning, wind, diarrhoea and indigestion.

Because toxins stick to activated charcoal, CarbonCare powder also makes a good deep cleanser and detoxifier for your hair and skin. It’s totally natural so won’t add new chemicals to your skin and hair when you use it.

Here are some ways to use CarbonCare activated charcoal powder in your beauty regime:

Activated Charcoal Face Mask

  1. Deep cleanse your skin

Throughout the day, toxins in the air around us clog our pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Activated charcoal, when used in a face mask, binds to dirt and helps pull it out of your pores, making them less visible and leaving your face feeling fresh. (Use it with an exfoliating scrub to get the dead skin off and experience an even deeper clean.)


  1. Balances oily skin

Used in a cleanser or mask, activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. You’ll want to do this sparingly–once or twice per week at the most–so that you don’t dry out your skin. If you already have dry skin, you’re best to steer clear of it for this use.

  1. Charcoal pore strips

Mix charcoal powder with egg whites to make your own pore strips. Wet your nose with some water and apply a strip. When it has dried and hardened, peel it off, leaving your pores cleaner and tighter.

  1. Treat acne

Depending on the specifics of your acne–how severe it is, what’s causing it and what else is going on–activated charcoal may be able to help. It will absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face.

  1. Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritationsactivated charcoal for minor cuts and scrapes

For minor skin ailments–including insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes and minor infections–activated charcoal can be applied topically to speed up the healing and relieve the symptoms. The activated charcoal, when applied as a paste, helps absorb venom and infection. It will also bring down swelling and lessen pain.

To make the paste: slowly add water to a bit of activated charcoal powder and mix until it is a spreadable consistency.

  1. Rid your hair of toxins

Adding activated charcoal to your shampoo can gently detox by attracting dirt and oil which is then washed away. And because it’s gentle, it won’t disrupt your hair’s natural moisture levels.

healthy hair with activated charcoal

  1. Add volume to your hair

Your hair may have developed a build-up from scalp oils, conditioners, pollution and dry shampoo. Regular shampoos remove surface dirt but activated charcoal will pull out even more. Activated charcoal isn’t going to leave the residue some shampoos do, so your hair will feel lighter and have more volume.

  1. Remedy scalp conditions

Dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalps may be relieved with activated charcoal. You can use it as a scalp treatment before you shampoo, or it can be mixed in with your shampoo. The activated charcoal will work on your scalp the way it does on your skin and hair: pulling out toxins and purifying.

  1. Make-up remover

Charcoal acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil, therefore it is effective in removing makeup. Mix some charcoal powder with coconut oil, massage it into skin, and rinse with warm water.

  1. Whitens teeth

brush teeth with activated charcoalActivated charcoal whitens teeth by absorbing and breaking down plaque and other elements that stain teeth. It also changes the pH balance of the mouth, thereby reducing acidity, helping to prevent cavities and bad breath.

Wet your toothbrush and dip it in powdered activated charcoal. Brush as you normally would and pay attention to the areas with most staining. Rinse well. Activated charcoal is tasteless and can be used once or twice a week. NOTE: do not use if you have crowns or caps, the charcoal could stain them.

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  • CarbonCare Activated Charcoal capsules and powder is available to order from Alpha Pharm pharmacies and on Takealot.
  • CarbonCare is Sucrose & Lactose-Free, suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans and contains no Artificial Preservatives or Flavourings
  • Not suitable for persons under 12 years of age.

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