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Why charcoal is great for your body and not just your BBQ

Sponsored by T-Zone

Charcoal – the black rocky stuff your dad throws on the BBQ – is having a moment in the beauty world RN. Now, we’re not saying lie down and rub your face in the burnt-out embers after your last summer barbie (erm, ouch much), but y’know, just think about getting some into your bathroom regime. Because when better to reinvent your routine than at the start of the school year?

Teeth whitener

Want your teeth to sparkle like Cole Sprouse’s eyes? Guess what? Yep, it does that too. Use some toothpaste with added charcoal or convince the ‘rents to buy you a toothbrush with charcoal-infused bristles. It works kinda like oil pulling in the sense that all the dirt will be attracted to the charcoal, leaving you with a shimmering smile.

Zit attack

The charcoal in beauty products is called ‘activated charcoal’ which means oxygen has been added to it. The added oxygen (symbol O and atomic number 8 – see we have been doing our revision, Mum) means it removes chemicals and toxins more easily, so when it lands on your skin it attracts those nasties like metal on a magnet. That’s why we’ve popped a charcoal and bamboo nose pore strip from T-Zone in this month’s bettybox! It teases out dirt and oil from your pores so you’ll be left with clear skin for that obligatory ‘new school year’ photo. And don’t worry, they peel off easy-peasy. Much like PVA glue #bestgameever.

Bloat buster

If you’re feeling a bit icky, a nice charcoal lemonade will settle your stomach. It looks pretty weird (like a sort of ink) but it tastes *just* like lemonade. The charcoal absorbs the gases and toxins that cause tummy ache during our period and at all the other tummy-ache-times of the month. Bye bye bloat!

Hair saviour

A charcoal-based shampoo, conditioner, or hair mask will remove any excess oil and you’ll be left with a show-stopping mane, even when you have to put your hair up for P.E. It’ll eliminate awkward flakes from product build-up too so that stupid boy in year 9 yelling “dandruff” can get lost.

Two T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo Nose Pore Strips are available in September’s bettybox and you can purchase in store or online from Superdrug.

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

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