Activated charcoal makes for whiter teeth
Marilyn Monroe said it: "a smile is the best makeup any girl can wear" and we agree completely. There is nothing more captivating than happiness, confidence, passion and a youthful sense of adventure. And these are the qualities that we always seek to accentuate with a splash of illuminator here, or a dab of tint there using our carefully formulated cosmetics folio. But at the essence of all these counterparts is a radiant smile, beginning and ending of course with clean, white teeth.
It's no secret that health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us here at The Base - we know that radiant skin starts within. So, where we can, we always try to err on the side of the natural, the simple and the effective. That's why we are so obsessed with using activated charcoal to whiten our teeth!
It may sound a little off kilter and it definitely looks crazy, but this particular grade of black carbon is actually one of the safest and most potent products on the teeth whitening scene. Unlike chemical bleaches or over the counter concoctions that can strip the enamel from your teeth and cause long term damage, activated charcoal actually improves the health of your teeth and gums by neutralising pH levels helping to kill bad bacteria that are present in tooth decay, cavities and gingivitis.
So, what is it? Activated charcoal is a fine powder that is tasteless and scentless, often made from burnt coconut shells and comes in loose powder, tablet or capsule form. It has been used for centuries as a detoxifying agent, proven to reduce the absorption of some poisonous substances of up to 60%. Because it is so porous in nature, it binds to things like tannin and plaque - the main culprits for badly stained teeth. Though, make sure only to ever use food grade activated charcoal that is purchased from a health food store or pharmacy - it's important to note that it's definitely not the same as using charcoal from your BBQ.
Now, how do you use it? First of all, yes, it's black, so you might look a little strange the first time you brush your teeth with it. But once you start seeing the effects (and because it doesn't taste or smell like anything), you won't mind looking like Beetlejuice for a couple of minutes a week. Start by making a paste with one teaspoon of activated charcoal powder and two teaspoons of water. Then, brush your teeth with this paste as you normally would with toothpaste for a minute or two. Making sure not to swallow any of the mixture, rinse your mouth thoroughly, brush with toothpaste and repeat once a week for glowing results. After all, a golden tan and a radiant smile go perfectly together!
We like: Coal-Conut's Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal Fine Husk Food Grade Powder Ultra-Fine