Charcoal is not only brilliant at starting braais. It’s also great at freshening up your skin.

It can sear steak to juicy perfection, suck the stink out of a man cave and keep spanners rust-free. (Just toss a briquette into your toolbox). So why are guys putting charcoal on their faces? You might be surprised to know that its purifying powers can also keep your skin, hair and teeth clean and healthy. Charcoal’s porous structure naturally draws out oil, dirt and stains while attracting water to hydrate your hide, says dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik. Here are our picks of charcoal activated products for any grooming issue.

Dirt Build-Up

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Carbon molecules in activated charcoal are like dirt magnets, says dermatologist Dendy Engelman. When pore pollutants come into contact with carbon, they stick together, then wash away as you rinse.

NIVEA MEN ACTIVE CLEAN SHOWER GEL 500ML R50 DIS-CHEM

Dead Skin

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With its exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and impurities, this face scrub deeply cleanses, purifies and smoothes the skin, unclogs pores and should be used two to three times a week. Massage into damp skin, rinse.

HG ACTIVATED CHARCOAL FACIAL SCRUB 200G R150 HG FOR BROS

Clogged Pores


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The alpha hydroxyl acids in this mask soak up oil – just don’t leave it on longer than advised. The charcoal can absorb too much oil, and your skin will produce more of it to compensate.

DERMALOGICA RESCUE MASQUE 75ML R790 DERMALOGICA

Winter Dryness


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Dry air can roughen skin. This gentle soap, made with antiseptic rosewood, sandalwood and charcoal, can be used on the face and body. It contains anti- inflammatory liquorice, and charcoal to absorb excess sebum.

COALFACE R95 LUSH

Stained Teeth

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This environmentally friendly toothpaste contains activated charcoal and not only whitens teeth but also regulates the pH in your mouth, preventing cavities and gum disease. The bleach-free formula won’t damage tooth enamel. DETOXIFYING CHARCOAL TOOTHPASTE R115 CLICKS

Dull Hair

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Pomades and gels
can leave residue that weighs your hair down. This sulphate free formula combines charcoal and fresh citrus oils to scrub away build-up while going easy on your scalp, says Dr Engleman.

HASK CHARCOAL PURIFYING SHAMPOO 355ML R140 CLICKS