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Detox your Skin with Harvest Moon DIY Soaking Salts

Detox your skin with all-natural harvest moon DIY soaking salts with activated charcoals’ unmatched ability to remove toxins from the body in this homemade bath salt recipe.

Can you guess the secret ingredient in these skin detoxifying bath salts?

It has a long history of use from the ancient Egyptians to the Native Americans for bee stings, poisoning, and more. Today its detoxifying properties for the skin have gained much popularity.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about activated charcoal.

There’s something to be said for its unmatched ability to remove toxins from the body. It works like a vacuum to remove all the gunk deep within our skin.

And this harvest moon is one of the best times to make a detox bath as it’s associated with letting go of things that don’t serve us well. Detox your mind and body with this recipe for DIY soaking salts made with one of the best purifiers for this skin!

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Harvest Moon DIY Soaking Salts with Activated Charcoal combine activated charcoals' unmatched ability to remove toxins from the body

How is Activated Charcoal Made

First off, it’s not the charcoal we use for a backyard barbeque. In fact, charcoal for barbeques is highly toxic and will only harm your skin. That ordinary charcoal is manufactured from coal, peat, wood, or petroleum. Yikes!

Activated charcoal is made from coconut shells heated up in the presence of a gas that causes it to develop internal spaces or pores. These spaces allow it to trap chemicals and absorb toxic substances. It chemically binds a substance to its surface and can absorb thousands of times its own weight.

This explains precisely 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 remarkable ability to control facial oil. It’s also effective in the removal of dead cells, thus providing clean and flawless skin.

It works wonders in 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, giving you a shine-free appearance! It is also effective at removing unwanted oil from other places on the body.

Fights Acne and Blemishes

Are you 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, seeing that it works to absorb toxins, impurities, and oils on and below the skin. In addition, 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.

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Harvest Moon DIY Soaking Salts with Activated Charcoal Ingredients

How to Make Soaking Salts for the Harvest Moon

DIY Soaking Salts Ingredients

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

Harvest Moon DIY Soaking Salts Instructions:

Combine 3/4 cup dead sea salts and 1/2 cup activated charcoal powder in a medium glass mixing bowl. Stir to combine. You may notice the activated charcoal powder 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 2 teaspoons of pumpkin seed oil. You can substitute sweet almond oil for pumpkin seed oil if needed. Whisk well to coat evenly.

Then add 2 drops of ginger essential oil, 4 drops of cardamom essential oil, and 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil. Whisk to blend the fragrances thoroughly.

Pour the harvest moon soaking salts into two four-ounce airtight containers. This bath salt recipe yields eight ounces. So, you can use other sized containers too.

How to Use: Harvest Moon DIY Soaking Salts with Activated Charcoal

Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of harvest moon DIY soaking salts into running bath water. Step in and enjoy a relaxing, autumn essential oil-infused bath soak.

To use as a 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 a black film when used as a scrub. Just rinse with soap and water. Then rinse out the bathtub, and it will look sparkly clean too!

Harvest Moon DIY Soaking Salts with Activated Charcoal Homemade Recipe

Detox your skin today with all-natural Harvest Moon DIY Soaking Salts utilizing activated charcoals’ unmatched ability to remove toxins from the body. At the same time, essential oils boost the ability to purify the skin.

Learn about my favorite essential oils for the season in my article Top 5 Essential Oils for Fall! Lock in moisture after a long autumn soak with Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter.

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  1. I did not know this about activated charcoal..great information and what a wonderful gift to make for someone for Christmas!! Thanks for sharing with us at Create and Celebrate!!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Activated charcoal is pretty incredible!

  2. This looks and sounds amazing! Definitely pinning for future use. Thank you. Sue via #CreateLinkInspire

    1. lifenreflection says:

      It’s definitely bath salts to the next level! Thanks Sue

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