Fuel your skincare

Not content with just being used for your Summer barbeques and Winter fires, charcoal is fast becoming a staple ingredient in many grooming products. Activated charcoal is said to help detoxify skin, and draw out excess oil and impurities.

Try some of these products and see for yourself.

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Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash – Detoxifying gel wash delivers a deep-pore clean. Natural charcoal draws out the dirt and excess oil that can clog pores. Soothing, non-drying lather gently foams away impurities. Available from Boots priced £18/200ml

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – Activated charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers, white china clay absorbs environmental pollutants and lecithin dissolves impurities. This mask is a long-standing favourite of mine. Available from Origins priced £23/100ml

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask – This rich mask uses 9,000 year old black moor mud and activated charcoal to effectively remove excess oil, dirt and impurities and minimise the appearance of pores. Available from Mankind priced £32.95/150ml

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask – This mattifying mask absorbs oil, impurities and environmental pollutants to help detoxify skin. Charcoal powder draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores, while mineral clays soak up excess oil. Available from House of Fraser priced £23/100ml

Garnier Pure Active Intensive Charcoal Scrub – This foaming scrub contains exfoliating micro-beads, salicylic acid and charcoal. It acts as a ‘dirt magnet’ to effectively help eliminate impurities and excess sebum. Available from Boots priced £4.99/150ml

Clinique For Men Sonic System Cleansing Brush – Charcoal-grey brush head with more than 9,000 sonic vibrations per minute cleans more thoroughly than hand washing alone. Preps for a more comfortable shave. Available from Harvey Nichols priced £79

L’Oreal Men-Expert Hydra Energetic X-Treme Black Charcoal Face Wash – A daily purifying wash that acts like a magnet on the skin to capture and get rid of impurities and excess sebum caused by daily city grime and pollution. Available from Boots priced £6.35/150ml

Origins Clear Improvement Detoxifying Charcoal Body Scrub – Sea salt and brown sugar exfoliate to smooth while bamboo charcoal helps get rid of dirt and debris. Available from Origins priced £25/150ml


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