3 of the best…
Although it may not look like it, charcoal should be your secret weapon in your skincare regime. Why? It’s brilliant at absorbing toxins and bacteria, so it will sweep away any breakout-causing “nasties” leaving your skin peachy clean as a result. Here are three charcoal-infused skincare essentials no bathroom cabinet should be without.
Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar
If you find yourself suffering from the odd pesky blemish, a charcoal-based cleanser can help. The jojoba beads in this facial soap from Bioré (the people behind those famous nose strips) gently exfoliates to slough away any dead skin cells, while the charcoal itself attracts and removes dirt and residual make-up. Plus the peppermint should soothe and refresh skin that’s angry and inflamed. £4.99 Superdrug
Montagne Jeunesse Charcoal Masque
As well as blitzing any bacteria, charcoal is also a magnet for excess oil, so all of you readers with shiny complexions can form an orderly queue. This budget-friendly mask is not only great for a spot of TLC, it’s also perfect if you’ve got an oily, congested complexion or greasy T-zone. £1 Boots
Mai Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Paper
This cute little blotting paper booklet is a handbag essential – especially in the height of summer. Developed by Korean make-up artist Mai Tran, these mini sheets are the antidote to greasy skin on the go. Simply press them over the offending area, and the charcoal will work its mattefying wonders (you can see the evidence on the paper afterwards). Best of all they won’t disturb your makeup. £10 BeautyMART