Move over, green juice–there’s a new health and beauty elixir in town…
No, seriously: activated charcoal. Commonly used to treat poisoning and purify water, activated charcoal is gearing up to be one of 2015’s trendiest products. Expect to see it in personal care products, juices, and supplements galore in the coming year, as it reportedly touts a bevy of helpful health and beauty benefits, from anti-aging to aiding in digestion to to the ever-magical power of ~*detoxification*~, just to name a few.
Activated charcoal supplements have also been touted as the ultimate hangover helper, which is something to consider with New Year’s Eve festivities only a few short weeks away…
Whether you plan to use charcoal internally or externally, if you’re trend-conscious, this is definitely something you’re going to want to try. Here are a few products to get you started on your quest to black beauty.
- Charcoal toothpaste. Though it seems counterintuitive, activated charcoal can actually be used to whiten your teeth, and results are seen both directly after brushing AND over time. For more on the potential whitening power of charcoal, check out this piece from Wellness Mama.
SHOP: Sumigaki Japanese Charcoal Toothpaste, Twin Lotus Active Charcoal Toothpaste, Darlie Charcoal All Shiny Whitening Toothpaste.
- Charcoal soap. From bars to body wash, activated charcoal-laced cleansing soaps are becoming best sellers for top nature-friendly brands like LUSH and Origins. The charcoal works to pull oil and toxins out of pores as well as occasionally functioning as an exfoliating agent, making it especially awesome for troubled skin. Find out more about the potential skin perks over at Birchbox.
SHOP: Origins Skin Diver Active Charcoal Body Soap, Nardo’s Natural Facial Cleanser with Activated Charcoal, Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Facial Soap.
- Charcoal supplements. Hungover? Digestive issues? You may want to look into charcoal supplements, which have been said to lessen gas, bloating, and general stomach discomfort. Careful, though: charcoal has high absorbency and binds to substances, which may reduce the effectiveness–or render completely useless–any other supplements or medications you’re taking. Check out Natural News for more on charcoal supplementation.
SHOP: Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal.
- Charcoal-spiked juice. Charcoal-laced juices?! Definitely the trendiest of all of the aforementioned products. Black juice party! Seriously though, juices, lemonades, and beauty shots are already a thing with LA-based Juice Generation and Juices Served Here leading the pack. The beauty beverages are said to whiten teeth, freshen breath, and make skin glow. More on all of that HERE.
SHOP: Juice Served Here Charcoal Lemonade, Juice Generation Activated Greens, Lemonade, & Protein.
Would you add charcoal to your health or beauty routine?