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The Underrated Benefits of Charcoal

Have you heard the about the charcoal hype? It’s everywhere! It’s even in your smoothies.

So is it just a new trend or is charcoal the new coconut oil. It was once considered the universal antidote.

It’s basically carbon, it looks like fine black powder from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust. It has many benefits, from whitening teeth to curing hangovers.

Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals, preventing their absorption. It has been used in the hospitals to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses.

It’s included in beauty products because it acts like a magnet for dirt and other pollutants. When applied to the skin as a mask, the impurities from the skin are attracted to it and then washed away when its rinsed.

You might be underestimating the damage your skin goes through from your surroundings. It’s just not visible to the naked eye and so you don’t notice it until it’s too late.

Charcoal can be used in skincare in several ways:


Smaller pores

When your pores aren’t clear, your complexion lacks as well. Since the oil and the dirt are the reason why your pores appear to be enlarged, using charcoal masks can shrink your pores. Using charcoal as an exfoliator can get the dead skin off and give an even deeper cleanse.


Balances Oily Skin

Activated charcoal is ideal for oily skin, it can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin leaving it smooth and clean. Just a suggestion, use activated charcoal only once or twice a week so you don’t dry out your skin.


Deep cleansing skin

Eventhough, you shouldn’t use charcoal based cleansers every day as they can be dehydrating. Use it once or twice a week to cleanse your skin of all the pollutants, it can give you the deep cleanse without being so harsh. However, you want to make sure that it’s designed for your skin type.

Charcoal doesn’t only benefit you externally, it can also be consumed to work from the inside.

Charcoal Smoothies

If you’ve been curious about the dark smoothies right next green smoothies then you should try them.



Experts claim it to be beneficial from detoxing to boosting metabolism and even, curing hangovers.

Just like skincare, you want to limit it to once or twice a week. It has the ability to remove the toxins, cholesterol and heavy metals.

It is known to promote a healthy digestive tract by removing toxins that cause allergic reactions and poor immune system function.

Environmental factors, including pesticides on food, chemicals in water and exposure to mold can create a burden on our bodies. Many should pay enough attention to their GI tract to support their overall health and wellbeing.

To do a digestive cleanse with activated charcoal, for 2 days take 10 grams 90 minutes before each meal. While on a cleanse, only eat fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat and wild fish.


Charcoal can also act as an anti-aging agent. Activated charcoal can help prevent cellular damage to kidney and liver, and also supports healthy adrenal glands. It cleanses toxins and chemicals from the body and helps the body flush out the toxins and chemicals that cause the damage.

Due to the toxic load we are exposed to through food, our homes and workplaces, and our environment pre-mature aging is a possibility. For this, taking two capsules of charcoal after exposure to heavy metals, non-organic foods or after contact to other toxins can help reduce brain fog, support better cognitive function and a heathier kidney and liver function.


Charcoal may be the trending thing on your Instagram feed, however, it’s not just another trend. It is a very powerful detoxifier and benefit not only your skin but your entire body.