It’s not just your body that needs a detox every now and then, your skin also needs a push to kick toxins to the curb. Meet the detoxifying skincare products that will get you there.
When you’re on a diet, you think carefully about the things you put into your body. In fact, you probably scrutinize restaurant menus and ingredient lists with as much gusto as you do a used pore strip! You can apply that same level of care and scrutiny when it comes to your skincare regimen, too, and that’s what we’re talking about today.
We’ll start by saying that one of the easiest ways to detox your skin is to avoid toxic ingredients that pose a threat to your body. Thanks to savvy consumers and health-minded companies, you’re probably familiar with many of these no-no ingredients. They include formaldehyde, heavy metals such as lead, phthalates, “-thiazolinone” preservatives, and synthetic fragrances.
An additional way to reset your skin is to seek out skincare ingredients that promote and expedite detoxification and purification. For example, products that contain charcoal and clay absorb toxins and expel them from the body, algae contain detoxifying minerals, and antioxidant-rich products protect the skin from free radicals while purifying.
Below we’ve highlighted five detoxifying products that give toxins the ol’ boot.
Neogen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser
Talk about a major dose of detox. This pore cleansing foam by Neogen combines the purifying power of Canadian colloidal clay (aka glacial clay) with an impressive laundry list of skin-nourishing botanical extracts (which are also good for detoxing). Colloidal clay is popular not only for its ability to rid the skin of toxins and impurities but also for its neutral pH balance and hydrating capabilities.
P.S. This product was a2016 Soko Glam Best of K-Beauty Winner.
RE:P Bio Fresh Mask With Real Calming Herbs
Another powerful clay known for its ability to draw out impurities is kaolin, a finely ground powdery clay that’s as gentle as it is effective. Kaolin is the star ingredient in the RE:P Bio Fresh Mask, which also utilizes soothing chamomile and calendula to calm and nourish. We recommend this mask for inflamed skin and for anyone who has highly sensitive skin.
Erborian Charcoal Konjac Sponge
What do you get when you combine konjac with activated charcoal? A detoxifying superstar, that’s what. For those unacquainted, konjac sponges are 100% natural and made from the root of konjac plants. Consider them the Asian skincare version of your standard loofah, only konjac feels denser and more spongey. Konjac sponges are first and foremost an exfoliating tool. This one, from Erborian, is further enhanced with the addition of bamboo charcoal, an ingredient heralded for its ability to suck up toxins and send them packing.
Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum
When you think of detoxifying agents, clay and charcoal are probably two ingredients that come to mind. You’re right to think that way, as they’re both really, really good at purifying the skin. Skincare products high in antioxidants—specifically vitamin C, berry extracts, pomegranate, and niacinamide—are also potent detoxifiers. That’s why we’re recommending Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum. It’s especially great for evening out pigmentation, minimizing fine lines, and shielding the skin from damaging free radicals.
Skinfood Marine Food Gel Mask in Seaweed
You’ve probably noticed an increase in the amount of algae-based products in the Korean skincare market lately, and that’s because this ingredient is currently sitting in the lime light. Algae is rich in detoxifying minerals and antioxidants – including vitamins A, B, C, and E—and is also highly moisturizing. This hydrogel mask by Skinfood contains seaweed and microalgae extracts to detoxify, hydrate, nourish, protect, and tone the skin.