I remember when I was 8 years old, I came down with the worst case of tummy flu. I spare you the details, but it took a couple of days until I finally felt better. That happened thanks to a couple of quite ordinary charcoal pills that calmed down my insides and got rid of the bad guys, that made me feel so sick and exhausted.
Excuse the vivid picture, but that was my very first and hopefully last experience with anything charcoal. And I was fine to leave it that way.
Fast forward to today and charcoal is the new kale. Everyone’s raving about its benefits as daily supplement and you can even find it in organic skincare, and lately, even in juice. What’s the most promising way to include the black powder into our daily routines? Let’s have a look…
For your Teeth
Charcoal Toothpaste A black toothpaste to whiten teeth and amp up your enamel strength seems odd, right? How can something pitch black give us a brighter smile and fight off bacteria all at once? Witch craft, that’s why! I am kidding and to be honest thus far I didn’t try it myself but I have seen the results in my coworker’s smile and now it’s on my list for my very next drugstore run. You in?
For your face
Charcoal Exfoliating Sponge I am pretty stumped that we have no Sephora over here in Vienna. What else is new? This year for my birthday, I got spoiled by my friend Nina. One of the things in my gift box was the Sephora charcoal sponge. I was sceptic but intrigued and took one for the team, if you will. A daily shower date and I scrubbed the life out of it, so to speak. I am bummed, I already had to toss that little fella, but I can tell you that my skin and pores never looked cleaner and happier than during those few weeks dating my trusty new friend from overseas.
Boscia´s Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Mask Again, props to Nina and her convincing ways. I was saving this sheet mask for a special occasion – read: for those days – and it did not disappoint. It got rid of all the impurities and redness but didn’t strip my skin of moisture at all. My face felt clean and fresh and supple and glowy even without makeup. Say what? I am hooked!
For your Body
Detox Delight Black Lemonade Confession ahead, I never did a juice detox but I am flirting with the idea of a few days detoxing with juice and soup and the new charcoal liquids (including a gray nut milk! How rad is that?!) seem to be right up my alley. Would you try them?
Now they only have to find a way to come up with a nice looking hybrid called char-kale and we´re good. Don´t forget, you read it here first :)
What is your stance on the charcoal craze? Yay or nay?