This might come as a bit of a shock, but on the long list of, “Oh my gosh, this stuff is amazing for my ___________ ” - hair is one of them.
Great hair really does start at the scalp and activated charcoal is terrific at removing buildup and dirt from the scalp.
In the same way activated charcoal helps eczema or psoriasis, it can help an itchy scalp.
There are lots of great activated charcoal shampoos on the market. Here are a few brands you can look into.
If you’re into DIY projects here is a recipe from Naturally Curly.
Mix the baking soda and the water together before adding the charcoal. Work the shampoo into your scalp and hair before rinsing.
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I’ve already talked about how wonderful an activated charcoal scrub is for dry and flakey skin.
This might be the best application of activated charcoal, it does wonders for the skin and leaves it feeling oh-so clean.
Crunchy Betty’s scrub is a little more high maintenance than the rest of the recipes we’ll share here. It requires quite a few ingredients from the kitchen and a food processor.
This recipe requires more then a few steps, so instead of re-writing her entire post I’m going to direct you over to CrunchBetty.com for her step-by-step directions!
This activated charcoal cleanser and facial scrub is terrific for gently removing make up AND dealing with acne.
Shea butter is an incredibly hydrating moisturizer that will help soothe dry, irritated skin. The blend of essential oils is also a nice, luxe touch.
This recipe is super cute (and creative). You’re basically adding a bar of activated charcoal soap to lots of other awesome, natural ingredients to create miniature body scrub cubes.
Each cube is big enough for one full body treatment.
This requires more than just a quick mix of ingredients; so once again I’ll encourage you to visit Shannon @ Fresh Pick Beauty to get the full step-by-step treatment.
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and store it in an air tight container. When you're ready to use mix 1 part body polish with 1 part of your favorite liquid. Coconut oil, honey and aloe vera work well.
This is a quick and easy recipe to make with fairly common ingredients. If you don’t have tea tree oil on hand you can swap it out with your favorite essential oil. It’s an excellent daily exfoliating scrub that is cheap and quick to make.
Combine all the ingredients, mix thoroughly and store in an air-tight jar!
These are really cool - you make a small containers of the above ingredients. Rachel uses 8 dram glass vials - when it's time to use one you just added a liquid. That can be manuka honey, your favorite oil or even just water.
Gently massage the scrub into your skin and wash it away with warm water. These are great for exfoliating your skin in an all natural way.
Konjac Sponges come from a plant that is found in Asia and it’s made up of 97% water. The sponge itself is created from the fibers of the plant— making it an all-natural sustainable product.
The addition of activated charcoal creates an ideal exfoliating sponge that helps deal with blackheads, dead skin cells and dirt. It makes an excellent addition to your daily shower routine.