In the world of health and wellness, detox is a familiar term—but what does it mean for skin care? “Just like a nutritional detox, a skin detox allows the skin a fresh start…a clean start,“ explains Plastic avenue Plastic Surgeon Melissa Doft, MD . “By cleansing the skin from impurities and harmful entities (i.e. free radicals and DNA damage), a detox stimulates a healthier environment for your skin, which can foster collagen and elastin development, boost your cell metabolism, increase cell turnover and improve the skin barrier.”
So, how exactly do you detox your skin? It’s actually quite simple. You can start by adding certain beauty foods to your daily diet. Dr. Doft suggests blueberries, oats, beets and citrus fruits. But that’s not all. “So many products on the market have detoxifying agents already included,” says Dr. Doft. In fact, you may be incorporating some of these detoxifying ingredients into your daily or weekly regimen already. Popular skin care ingredients like bentonite clay, charcoal and vitamin C are all considered detoxifying agents that can draw out pore-clogging impurities, protect from free radical damage, and promote an overall healthy-looking complexion. Curious to know more? We share how to detox your skin with some of the top detoxing ingredients in skin care, ahead
1. BENTONITE CLAY:
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Mask uses natural earth clays and botanicals to unclog pores, remove impurities and balance oil production. Plant extracts and minerals calm, soothe and nourish skin as a 2% fruit acid blend sloughs away dead, dull skin cells. Kaolin and bentonite clays absorb excess oil and shine to leave your complexion smooth, pure and healthy. Key Ingredients: 2% Mixed Fruit Extracts (Malic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric, and Glycolic Acids): work synergistically to gently exfoliate dead skin cells Kaolin and Bentonite Clays: natural earth clays that help clarify the skin.
Eminence Organics Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment treats and prevents future breakouts to promote a clear, radiant complexion. Hungarian herbal mud enriches your skin with nourishing minerals, as it eliminates impurities and balances oil production. Formulated with willow and linden tea, this face mask soothes and hydrates, while paprika and cinnamon invigorate to revitalize a lackluster look.Key Ingredients: * Hungarian Herbal Mud: contains high amounts of mineral trace elements and sulfur to nourish problem skin Sage: tones skin * Willow: soothes* skin, revitalizes the appearance of skin Ivy.
Because of its ability to trap toxins and chemicals in pores, activated charcoal has been used to treat overdoses and poisonings, improve kidney functions, reduce cholesterol levels and even detoxify skin and scalp. It is for this reason that it’s now found in skincare products like cleansers, masks and even shampoos.
4. VITAMIN C:
A vitamin C flush is also known as an ascorbate cleanse. It’s thought that high levels of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can help rid your body of toxins. Advocates of the practice recommend introducing high amounts of vitamin C into your diet at regular intervals until you produce watery stool.
Algae, like seaweed, can protect the skin. “It stimulates blood flow in the skin enough to make you glow,” says Graf. It’s not as cleansing as charcoal or clay, but it is often mixed with one or both in face masks. She adds, “Algae is a good antioxidant, and it’s rich in detoxifying minerals”.
Detox has numerous benefits! So What are you waiting for? Get a suitable detox routine & have happy & youthful skin!