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The fact that you are here to learn about activated charcoal scrub may show that you might have looked for effective exfoliating masks available in skincare stores but wanted an inexpensive DIY home remedy for facial scrubbing instead. Also, many people are concerned about synthetic ingredients of commercial facial scrubs being allergic or unsuitable for delicate skin. Therefore, this blog post introduces you to a DIY activated charcoal scrub, your very own DIY facial scrub. Why spend too much money on a manufactured and synthetic product when you can have the same effect through a natural product in little or no money?
Why is Exfoliation Necessary?
Exfoliation involves removal of dead skin cells from the surface. It can be done with or without scrubbing. Cells regenerate at a lower rate with aging process. Dead skin cells pile up slowly and lead to excess oil and blocked pores. Therefore, it is necessary to open up clogged pores and uncover new cells time and again. Exfoliation gives your skin a much-needed fresh and healthy look.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a processed charcoal/carbon with great adsorption ability. Adsorption is a chemical process in which elements bind to a surface. It is used for a range of commercial and household purposes from tackling food poisoning, neutralizing foul smells to skincare/beauty. It is a great ingredient to add in washes, masks, scrubs, or bars as it traps, binds, and removes the toxins, dirt particles, and other harmful agents from the skin.
What Do You Need?
- ½ tsp activated charcoal powder (2 capsules)
- 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
- 2 tbs olive oil
What to do?
- Take activated charcoal powder and cane sugar in a bowl and whisk them properly.
- Add olive oil. Stir the mixture carefully.
- Wash your face and then give your face a soothing massage with activated charcoal scrub for half a minute.
- Rinse it off with warm water.
To Be Noted
- Using activated charcoal scrub for twice a week is enough since charcoal may dry up and over-exfoliate your skin if used more often.
- You could also add a face nourishing oil in the scrub for a pleasant touch.
- You can use any nourishing oil as a replacement of olive oil.
- If you want to prepare and store the scrub for future use, store it in a jar and seal it tightly. And be careful not to let water sneak in the jar (even a single drop) whenever you use it since there are no preservatives added.
Happy natural exfoliating at home!
Frequently Asked Questions about Activated Charcoal
What is activated charcoal?
It is the charcoal made from different sources such as wood, coconut shell, bamboo, or coal, that is then “activated”, with steam or acid. This process carves away the internal structure of the charcoal particles producing a much higher [internal] surface area. This “activated charcoal” is then used in thousands of applications primarily to adsorb unwanted chemicals so that they can be neutralized or removed completely from the product that is being “cleaned”.
How long will activated charcoal last?
If stored in airtight containers, activated charcoal has an almost indefinite shelf life.
Does it expire?
If left exposed to the environment, in time, activated charcoal will adsorb various pollutants and eventually “fill up.” Otherwise, if stored securely, there is no expiration limit other than what certain arbitrary governmental regulations may require as a maximum.
Is it Food Grade?
Activated Charcoal is considered GRAS – “Generally Recognized As Safe”. More than this, some manufacturers may go a step farther and have their product certified under several different agencies such as NSF, USP, UL, ASTM, ANSI, AWWA…
Can you grind Granular Activated Charcoal (GAC) into Powder (PAC)?
Yes, you can. But unless you take the extra time, and effort it will not be as fine a powder as is commercially made. You will also quickly find it is a vey messy process
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