Detox your Skin with Harvest Moon Soaking Salts
Can you guess what the secret ingredient in today’s skin detoxifying bath salts is? It has long history of use from the ancient Egyptians to the Native Americans for bee stings, poisoning, and more. Today it’s detoxifying properties for the skin has gained it much popularity. If you’ve haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about activated charcoal. There’s something to be said for it’s unmatched ability to remove toxins from the body. It works like a vacuum to remove all the gunk deep within our skin. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience, read full disclosure policy.
How is Activated Charcoal Made
First off, it’s not the charcoal we use for backyard barbeque. Infact, charcoal for barbeques is highly toxic and will only harm your skin. That common charcoal is manufactured from coal, peat, wood, or petroleum. Yikes! Activated charcoal made from coconut shells it heated up in the presence of gas that causes it to develop internal spaces or pores. These spaces allow it to trap chemicals and absorb toxic substances. It chemically binds substance to its surface and can absorb thousands of times its own weight. Which is exactly why just a small amount of activated charcoal can absorb so many toxins from our skin!
It acts as a natural way to remove impurities from the skin, absorb oil, help eliminate blemishes, and stimulate blood flow. All of which results in a smooth, more youthful looking complexion. And activated charcoal can be used on your entire body, including your face. It’s known to be exfoliating, clarifying, and detoxifying without drying the skin.
Skin Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Clears and Detoxifies Skin
Activated charcoal has a great ability to control facial oil, it’s also effective in the removal of dead cells, thus providing clean and flawless skin. It works wonders on clearing the pores of impurities, often related to blackheads. Activated charcoal works by absorbing oil, deep-seated debris and environmental pollutants to detoxify the skin. It gives an incredible deep cleanse due to the toxins sticking to the activated charcoal.
Balances Oil Production
Combating oily skin can be frustrating, especially in warm climates. Activated charcoal might be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. It can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin. Thus giving you an shine free appearance. It also effective at removing unwanted oil from other places on the body.
Fights Acne and Blemishes
Looking for a new soldier to fight acne? Activated charcoal may be your new hero. Activated charcoal is known to be highly beneficial in the treatment of acne. It works to absorb toxins, impurities and oils on and below the skin. In addition to its antimicrobial properties help prevent skin blemishes from starting.
Tightens and Reduces Pore Size
Dirt and toxins we encounter throughout the day settle over our pores making them more noticeable and enlarged in appearance. When our pores aren’t clear, neither is our complexion. Activated charcoal helps pull the dirt and grime out of our pores, making them less visible and reduced in size.
Gently Exfoliates and Smooths Skin
The texture alone of activated charcoal makes for a gentle natural exfoliator. Soaps and scrubs made with activated charcoal are slightly gritty, helping to provide gentle exfoliation. It works to remove dead skin cells and extract dirt and grime from the skin. All while its antimicrobial properties help prevent blemishes and inflammation.
Supplies for Harvest Moon Soaking Salts
3/4 cup dead sea salts
1/2 cup activated charcoal powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin seed oil
2 drops ginger essential oil
4 drops cardamom essential oil
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
2 airtight containers, 4 oz
How to make Harvest Moon Soaking Salts
In a medium mixing bowl combine dead sea salts and activated charcoal salt. Stir to combine. You may notice the activated charcoal salt is very fine and sticks to the dead sea salts. This is why there is an additional 1/4 cup of activated charcoal salt in the recipe to create eight ounces of volume. Next, add the pumpkin seed oil. You can substitute sweet almond oil for pumpkin seed oil if needed. Whisk well to evenly coat. Add 2 drops of ginger essential oil, 4 drops of cardamom essential oil, and 2 drops of ginger essential oil. Whisk to thoroughly blend the fragrances. Pour harvest moon soaking salts into airtight containers.
Yields 8 ounces
How to use Harvest Moon Soaking Salts
Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of harvest moon soaking salts into running bath water. Step in and enjoy a relaxing, autumn essential oil infused bath soak. To use as body scrub, scoop a small amount into your hand and massage in a circular motion into your skin. Avoid contact with eyes and rinse with soap and water. Repeat one to two times per week for smoother, cleaner skin. Be aware the activated charcoal will cover your skin in black film when used a scrub. Just rinse with soap and water. If you enjoy making things for yourself too check out my beginners natural bath and body course.
Detox your skin today with Harvest Moon Soaking Salts utilizing activated charcoals’ unmatched ability to remove toxins from the body. While essential oils boost its ability to the purify the skin. Learn about my favorite essential oils for the season in my article of Top 5 Essential Oils for Fall! Lock in moisture after a long autumn soak with Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter.