All New Review: Coal Mine

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I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of activated charcoal. Charcoal has been used for ages to help detox, but actual science is kind of “Meh” about it. The idea is that activated charcoal is porous and therefore will absorb toxins and remove as it passes through your body. Emergency rooms use it for treating folks who’ve ingested poisons or who have ODed (along with other treatments). But that doesn’t mean it will help rid your body of all the sausages you ate in Dresden, for example. And if you are taking medication, it can absorb and remove those ingredients.


But if you’re not on meds and you use as directed, there’s no harm in trying it out. Which is what I did. I bought some Swiss Natural Carbon capsules and a Life Brand Charcoal Peel Off Mask at the Shoppers Drugmart before I went to Dresden. First the capsules: These pills did affect my innards. I felt a little more energetic, although not enough to call it a miracle or anything. I had a bit of a churny stomach due to pre-trip stress. One side effect of activated charcoal is that it can make you a little constipated. Since I was at the other end of the spectrum, this helped even out my digestive situation.

As for the mask, first let me tell you that I love peel off masks! I like to pretend that I’m a spy wearing a latex disguise and once it’s dry, I can pull it off to reveal my true identity. Now for the real ratings: My skin certainly felt fresher after two treatments. And it had a relaxing, cooling sensation when it was on. Nobody complimented me on my rejuvenated appearance (something I got used to after my Cetaphil experiment). And the mask also promises to refine pores, but I can’t say that it did. As just a mask, I liked it because it didn’t leave my skin feeling or looking dry.