Wahhu! It’s 9:30am and I’m pumped for the day, despite being up at 6am, after going to bed at 2am …
Okay, I kinda want to plop down and take a power nap in the hotel bed behind me (oh ya, did a 1-night Manhattan getaway with the hubby for some fun and extra sleep time before this mornings PIX11 Morning News segment).
Did you watch it? I shared some of my favorite Charcoal Beauty Products for your face, body, hair, even your man. As always, it’s was wonderful sharing the morning with the upbeat, super mom, super anchor Sukanya Krishnan. If you’re wondering if her joyful spirit is the real deal – it is!!! There’s nothing but warmth coming from that lady.
Charcoal for Your Face
1. Erno Lazlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar $45
2. Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask $3.99
3. Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray $38 Charcoal for Your Body
1. Tree Hut Fig & Olive Detoxifying Mediterranean Salt Scrub $8.99
2. The Body Shop Spa Of The World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay $24
Charcoal for Your Hair
HASK Charcoal with Citrus Oil Collection
Charcoal for Your Man Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash $20 (FYI my Mr. gives this product, along with the sonic brush with charcoal-infused bristles, a big thumbs up!) And, because I love sharing all the behind-the-scenes scoop with you, here’s what went into 3-minutes of air time and why I decided to even do this segment.
I’m not a fan of beauty fads. I AM a fan of smart beauty products that help busy women like you and me save time and still look fabulous.
When I heard the beauty and wellness world buzzing about charcoal, I thought – really? That’s for BBQs. I need to learn more. So, I did some digging, talked to some doctors, pharmacists, spa owners, and women from various cultural backgrounds, and discovered that charcoal really is black magic.
Here’s the 411:
There’s common charcoal that you already can envision – if you remember what summer is like … what blizzard?? –, and then there’s “activated charcoal” which is regular charcoal that has gone through a special heating process. The process creates gaps or “pores” in the coal, and those gaps act as magnets attracting toxins and impurities – aka the nasty stuff – and then flushes said toxins out of your system or off your face/body, in the case of beauty products.
In today’s segment, I shared face, body and hair products that all use a type of charcoal to help aid in cleansing, decongesting and even minimizing the appearance of pores on your skin’s surface.
Oh, you can also ingest charcoal. Just check out the supplement section at your local pharmacy. Trust me, you’ll find it. I even found it my local mom-and-pop pharmacy in Staten Island. Hey Delco Drugs on Richmand Avenue!
Turns out, everyone from my Ukrainian nanny to my party hopping friends in Mykonos have taken it at some point or another.
Activated charcoal adsorbs substances in the stomach and intestines, in a similar magnetic-like style that it topically does on your skin. Many cultures have used it to help with stomach bloating, and other purposes. It’s also been an effective tool in hospital emergency rooms with drug overdose patients.
But, here’s the skinny: taking activated charcoal along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication.
Lastly, the newest fad is detox drinks with charcoal. A popular one is Dirty Lemon Raw Detox https://dirtylemon.com. It actually tastes good. It has lemon juice mixed with activated charcoal and other ingredients. From my research, the point of an activated charcoal drink is not to have it every day, but to use when you over eat heavy foods (think burgers and fried) or over drink. Again, the aim is that the charcoal is helping to flush out all the excess you just took in.**
**In case you needed clarification, I’m not a doctor – sorry, grandma. I don’t even play one on TV! Before ingesting anything, it’s always best to chat with your doctor. Something that is healthy for one person, may be harmful to another.
And before, I have to hand in the card to this room, head off to a preview, charipractor appointment, hop on bus back to Staten Island, do laundry, get groceries and pick up toddler number 1, I wanted to let you know that I’m very commiteed to putting the best possible products into mysegments. I spent hours reviewing labels to ensure the ingredients are as clean as possible. As I become cleaner and greener, I hope you’ll join me for the healthier, happier ride. I want you to Always Be Your Best You, but do it in a smart, healthy way.