Active Charcoal Capsules - Holland and Barrett
Activated charcoal is a natural form of carbon peppered with small open pores that increase surface area, allow it to act as a sponge to absorb, filter and create chemical reactions. It’s generally used nowadays to filter water, reduce odors and can be taken internally to manage poisoning or overdose.
However, as a natural skincare remedy it tops a lot of my favourite products! Carbon is botanical active substance that’s 100% alkaline, meaning it’s spinning with electrons making the substance highly electrical.
Active charcoal acts like a magnet there for works incredibly well as a face mask to draw out blocked pores, reduce breakouts and generally filter and improve the skin. I typically mix 2-3 capsules with a drying face mask and off you go. My skin has improved incredibly and if I have the odd break out I just use the face mask as a spot treatment and pop it on the areas in which I need clearing.
Its also been said that no chemical whitening solution or product on the market comes close to the whitening and brightening action and powder of carbon. Although you end up looking like something off The Walking Dead, the purification power of just 1 of these capsules dipped onto the end of a tooth paste ready brush is like magic.
If you have oily skin it’s a great botanical ingredient to add into your everyday cleanser and it draws out those unwanted oils without drying out the skin. You could either add 1 capsule per use or a open a handful of them into the bottle and shake. As time goes on the carbon can penetrate the other ingredients and spread itself equally, acting as though it’s been there the whole time!
Lastly (although not really skincare) I’ve taken these capsules the morning after a crazy night out the town and I can say they cured my hangover pretty darn quickly!