One of my favorite natural beauty ingredients is charcoal. It's inexpensive, and it is so, so wonderful for your skin. I love using it for a DIY charcoal face mask because it unclogs pores like nothing else can. Activated charcoal draws dirt, chemicals, bacteria, and other icky gunk to the surface of your skin. If you remember skin care 101, these are the things that get in to your pores and cause pimples and blackheads. Using a charcoal mask once a week can do wonders to improve your complexion, even fighting those stubborn blackheads on your nose. Since charcoal pulls debris from your pores, it can actually make pores look smaller. Since charcoal can also help speed up the healing process, it can also help heal existing blemishes. Considering this natural product can both treat and prevent acne, it's no wonder it's found in so many beauty products!
Charcoal works because it has millions of small spores, which is where it traps chemicals, dirt, oil, and toxins. Charcoal has a negative charge, but toxins have a positive charge. The nasty stuff that's in your pores is attracted to and absorbed by the charcoal, so when you rinse it off, the nasty stuff goes away too. This recipe also uses bentonite clay, which works in a similar way to charcoal to pull the nasty stuff out of your skin.
Charcoal can stain countertops and grout. Wear an old shirt and use an old towel to protect surfaces.
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