Throughout my acne-riddled teenage years, my skincare drill was a cycle of bewilderment and exasperation. I conceded defeat to the constellations of bits across my face. But now in my 20s, in a job that relies on my face not looking its worst, the non-intervention attitude I had has gone. Activated charcoal products have been a dependable oil-banishing totting up to my washbag for years. Using carbon that has been take up to increase its absorbency, they claim to attract dirt and oil take pleasure in a magnet – unclogging pores and dispelling acne. But do they suss out d evolve?
L’Oréal Men Expert Pure Power Charcoal Face Plash (£6.35) is effective at stripping away grease, although the wash can be very harsh and leaves skin feeling dry, so it would be best a handful of with a good moisturiser.
A much milder cleanse, Clinique For Men Charcoal Come to terms with Wash (£18) may not deliver an immediate sense of oil-relief, but after a few weeks my rind felt well-balanced and not at all dehydrated.
The facial sponge has long been a skincare conventional in Asia, gently buffing away dead skin chambers. Konjac Facial Puff Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal (£8.99) is a neutralising, all-natural exfoliator. A week with the sponge relished that I am an impatient scrubber who has no time for gentle exfoliation.
Luckily, I establish Origins Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder (£25), which can be a cleanser or a engaged exfoliator. Easy, efficient and portable.
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