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5 Key Ingredients That Will Detoxify Your Skin

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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 Park 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. 1. Bentonite Clay
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    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,
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  2. 2. Charcoal

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  3. 3. Mud
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    3. Mud

    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 appearance of skin * Ivy:
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  4. 4. Vitamin C

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  5. 5. Algae

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Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine,,,, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journalism. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently resides in Brooklyn—her home for the last five years. In Jessie’s free time, you can find her creating content for her beauty blog, Hair Skin Kale, testing out DIY beauty recipes, exploring her neighborhood, or binge-watching episodes of Friends. Her background in fashion has taught her that beautiful skin never goes out of style. Follow her on Instagram.