For anyone who is looking for an at-home solution to hydrate and cleanse the visage, a detoxifying mask can be an essential skin care fix. With benefits like drawing toxins out from clogged pores and offering skin a healthy glow, detox masks are a helpful step in a regular beauty regimen. However, those with dry, sensitive, oily and combination skin types may need different detox masks to treat their unique complexions.
Detox masks can be made with a wide mix of ingredients, including natural clays and activated charcoal. Natural clays help to bring balance to the skin and minimize the look of enlarged pores. Meanwhile, charcoal is a form of carbon that can absorb toxins in the digestive tract and has traditionally been used as a remedy for drug overdoses and poisonings. However, this detoxifying ingredient can also remove impurities (like trapped dirt or oil) from the skin.
For an ingredient which is closer to your kitchen, green tea can be used to create a homemade facial detox mask which can help soothe acne-prone skin. According to a 2001 study in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, green tea is boosted with polyphenols that possess “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic properties”.
To soothe redness or inflamed skin, applying a green tea and honey mask may be a winning solution. If you have dry skin, a hydrating detox mask can offer your skin the boost of moisture that it needs. Try using protein and lactic acid-rich Greek yogurt in a detox mask to nourish your dry, damaged skin, and prepare it for spring.