Uses for charcoal

Charcoal has become one of those buzz words over the past few years but is it really a useful tool? I tried two products with charcoal being the active ingredient and decided to give my opinion. But before that I thought I’d share some of the benefits of charcoal. According to the Dr. Axe’s website it traps toxins and chemicals in the body, flushing them out so they won’t be reabsorbed. I used it as a mask and a toothpaste but some of its other uses are alleviating gas and bloating with a pill before your meal, reducing high cholesterol, or even filtrating your water with a charcoal trap.

Charcoal Mask

The first way I tried charcoal is by using Mary Kay’s Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask. I made a video of my review which can be seen below but two things I wanted to emphasize is you don’t have to peel off this mask and it is a quick way to instantly feel a cleaner face.

Charcoal Toothpaste

The second way I tried charcoal is through a toothpaste called My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Fluoride-Free Whitening Toothpaste. I saw it one day in Bed, Bath, and Beyond and thought I’d give it a try. They had peppermint and spearmint so I got the latter. The three main ingredients are activated charcoal, coconut oil, bentonite clay. It’s also fluoride-free.

The first thing I noticed when trying it is how thick it is. Since it’s made out of clay it is very solid and doesn’t stick to the toothbrush so there have been plenty of times it’s fallen off the toothbrush before I could even use it. My second thought was how I was surprised to see this blackness all in my mouth when I was brushing. It doesn’t stain after you wash your mouth, but it was just jarring to see black instead of white. And because it’s black, it can get very messy. It’s gotten on my clothes and all over my sink. Again, it didn’t permanently stain anything, but I would be careful as I was brushing and maybe take a step back from the sink. Its main claim is that it whitens your teeth. And I believe I’ve seen a difference. My teeth appear to be whiter since I’ve used it.

Another random fact is because it’s natural kids can use it too. My five and nine year old nephews have used it and found it funny to see their teeth and mouth black so it makes brushing teeth a more fun chore for kids. The last thing I’d mention is this product is on the expensive side, being $10, but I think because of the thickness and potency you don’t need much so it last longer. I’m towards the end of my tube and I’ve had it for almost three months. All in all I would say this is good product that I will replace when I run out. I recommend it to you all.

Your thoughts?

Have you ever tried these two products? What was your experience? And are there other charcoal products you’ve used and either loved or hated? I’d love to hear your feed back with a comment below. And don’t forget to follow to my page.

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