Skin Detox: Masks & Exfoliants

January...

a time traditionally know for clearing, cleansing, renewing and detoxing. However, January is not the only time for these rituals, it is something that should be kept up all year long.

For years, I believed in taking the most potent and harsh scrubs, tonics and masks to my skin to clear the surface, cleanse my pores and essentially dry out my skin as much as possible to remove grease, dirt that had manifested into bumps and acne. 

I now know this is NOT the way to maintain a healthy complexion, in fact, by using those techniques you are simply stripping away your natural oils, scratching the skin and causing more damage internally that you cannot see (as we know that toxic chemicals penetrate our skin and enter our blood stream) 

So lets talk skin detoxing...

I trust in a good juice or two to cleanse the internal system and nourish the body. However, I would not replace a meal with juice as a long term diet option. 

Just as I would not juice everyday instead of eating a meal, I would not use a scrub or mask daily to replace my skin cleanser. Remember, A little goes a long way. 

Detoxing your skin is a beautiful and effective way to remove excess dirt, oil and impurities, balance the skin tone, remove excess dead skin, increase moisture and brighten your complexion, but should not be used in your daily skin regime.

Detoxing includes: exfoliation and masks.  Detox your skin weekly for the best results. 

AVOID THE TOXIC DETOX

You wouldn't drink gasoline to lose weight, so why apply propylene glycol to your skin? For the healthiest skin, stay away from detoxing products like: 

St. Ives Apricot scrub, Clean & Clear scrub with micro beads (yuck!), Clinique pore refining solution, Dr. Brandt pore perfecting exfoliator etc. 

Avoid "detoxifying ingredients" such as:

Salicylic Acid, Alcohol Denatured, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl, PEG-100 Stearate and Synthetic beads to name a few

GIVE YOUR SKIN THE GOODS

A facial detox can be so beneficial to your skin, especially when you are using clean products that are crafted with beneficial detoxifying ingredients. 

Here are some detoxifying products my skin is loving right now that have overlapping detoxifying ingredients such as: Rhassoul clay, White Willow Bark, Bamboo 

MyChelle: Tropical Skin Smoother

This dual action treatment is a manual and chemical exfoliant. This means you can scrub to exfoliate, or leave it on the skin for 2-3 minutes while the fruit enzymes slough away dead skin.

The scent of this product is to DIE for if you are a fan of pineapple and coconut. 

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Glycerin, Bromelain, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Lactic Acid (L), Xanthan Gum, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Pectin (Fruit Enzymes), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural), Aqua (Water), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract 

Zorah: Nyxe Creme Masque

Nyxe creme masque is loaded with Pure Argan Oil to moisturize and renew skin cells and Moroccan Clay to exfoliate and regulate skins sebum production. 

The creamy texture can be applied in a thick layer for extreme moisture, or in a thin layer for overnight use. 

Ingredients: Water, Moroccan Lava Clay (rhassoul clay), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Glycerine, Cetearyl Olivate / Sorbitan Olivate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Butyrosperum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Palmitate – Sorbitan palmitate, Rhizobian Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Argania Spinosa leaf extract, Dehydroacetic Acid (Synthetic preservative), Benzyl Alcohol: (Synthetic preservative authorised by Ecocert – Less than 0,3%.), Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) oil,Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) oil, Lavandula hybrida oil, Xanthan Gum

*Ingredients I don't love are in bold. Please use your own personal standards when choosing the right product for you

Mahalo: Pele Mask

Mahalo mask in loaded with an impressive array of ingredients such as Hibiscus, anti-inflammatory Turmeric, collagen-boosting vitamin C, anti-aging Neem leaf, oxygenating Cayenne, sebum-balancing Witch Hazel, wrinkle-fading Guava, acne-fighting Holy Basil, toxin-magnet Volcanic Ash Clay and bacteria-absorbing Activated Bamboo Charcoal.

When mixed with water, this mask bubbles up, warms and tingles the skin when it is applied. For a cooler experience, mix with yogurt or honey.   

Ingredients: volcanic ash clay, alaea (hawaiian red) clay*, rhassoul clay, theobroma cacao (raw cacao) powder*, black lava hawaiian salt, bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) charcoal powder, carica papaya (papaya) leaf*, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf*, curcuma longa (turmeric) root*, zingiber officinalis (ginger) root*, sodium bicarbonate, calendula officinalis (marigold) flower*, morinda citrofolia (noni) powder*, ocimum sanctum (holy basil tulsi) leaf*, centella asiatica (pennywort) leaf*, azadirachta indica (neem) powder*, antalum spicatum (sandalwood), salix alba L. (white willow bark)*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) powder*, capsicum annuum (cayenne)*, musa spp (banana) fruit extract*, psidium guajava (guava) fruit extract*, antalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil*

Helena Lane: Lavender & White Willow Mask

I appreciate the simplicity of this product. 4 simple, clean, organic ingredients. Just mix with water and apply. This mask is gentle and effective. 

I use this product as a manual exfoliator or a mask based on if I am hanging out in the bathtub, or having a quick shower. Regardless of the way I use it, my skin always feel refreshed. 

Ingredients: Rhassoul (Moroccan) clay, Lavender flower powder,White willow powder, Orange peel powder


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