Heard of retinols in skincare but not sure what they are? Favoured by dermatologists to refine the skin’s texture and reduce fine lines and pigmentation, they’re a synthetic version of vitamin A. In high concentrations, they can be strong and irritating, but luckily natural versions exist. ‘Rosehip and cacay-seed oils contain natural vitamin A, which can be gentler on the skin but still amazing as an anti-ageing ingredient to firm and soften,’ says Sophie Thompson, founder of Sister & Co. Skin Food. Try: Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Face Oil (£38 for 50ml; jurlique.co.uk) with natural marine retinol from rock samphire; or Sister & Co. Super Seed Facial Formula (£30 for 30ml; sisterandcompany.com) with Amazonian cacay-seed oil. Better skin, more naturally.
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MASQUEBAR CHARCOAL SHEET MASK, £9.99 for 3 sheets; feelunique.com
Ideal for problem skin, this charcoal-infused bamboo-fibre sheet mask will help to absorb excess oil. Added camellia japonica extract will rehydrate.
HASK CHARCOAL PURIFYING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER, £6.99 for 355ml; boots.com
For hair suffering from product build-up, the charcoal in this new range will attract impurities and remove them with no moisture loss.
NATIVE UNEARTHED ACTIVATED CHARCOAL DEODORANT BALM, £7.99 for 60ml; nativeunearthed.co.uk
Activated charcoal, coconut oil, shea butter and lavender oil make up this absorbent deodorant.
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