Try these coal-containing treats to deep-cleanse.
Dark Angels Facial Cleanser, Lush, Dh78, mena.lush.com
A cult favourite among acne sufferers, Lush’s heavy-duty scrub soaks up oil, and buffs away scarring.
Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips, Bioré, Dh29.50, at supermarkets
These targeted strips pull out the plugs of oxidised sebum that clog pores – otherwise known as blackheads – plus surface oil and dead cells. Beware, seeing the contents of your pores laid out on the black strip is disgustingly confronting.
Beauty Shot with activated charcoal (part of six-part package), Detox Delight, Dh150, detox-delight.ae
Flush out tummy troubles with Detox Delight’s activated charcoal supplement shot. The health food company also produces a charcoal-infused Black Lemonade and Grey Nutmilk.
Bamboo Charcoal Gentlemen’s Sponge, Konjac Sponge, Dh75, basharacare.com
Branded for men, but suitable for everybody, this natural sponge works well alone or to enhance your usual face wash.
Balancing Masque Duo, Eminence, Dh198, skin1.com
This two-in-one mask suits all skin types, with the charcoal half applied to the T-zone to clean pores, and the pomelo cream on cheeks and neck to hydrate.
Black Edition Paste, Diamond Whites, Dh47, diamondwhites. co.uk
While it may be a little disconcerting to brush your teeth with a grey paste, this tube of whitening toothpaste is your ticket to a brighter smile.