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The Best Charcoal Beauty Products

Activated charcoal is a beauty obsession that may help eliminate impurities from the inside and out.

Charcoal is well-established as a beauty obsession. As alternative wellness practitioners espouse the potential (but still scientifically murky) benefits of taking charcoal internally, skin experts everywhere have begun adding it to a variety of beauty products for the same reason: charcoal has an amazing capacity to eliminate impurities.

Used both internally and externally, it can lift heavy metals out of the body (when taken internally) while also dissolving impurities on the skin’s surface (when applied externally). As such, charcoal is an excellent beauty-booster, capable of cleansing the body from the inside and out.

Below, we spotlight some of our favorite charcoal beauty products for the holidays– these are great for cleansing the skin and restoring a youthful, vibrant glow.

For a more internal cleanse, however, we recommend trying a DIY charcoal cleanse. (You can purchase activated charcoal online or at your local health foods store.) Below, check out GC’s recipe for Detoxing Charcoal Lemonade– the perfect vehicle for cleansing after too many holiday cookies.

Charcoal Lemonade

  • 1 half lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 (6 oz) glass of water

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and drink in the morning for best results!

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