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17 detox ingredients your skin needs right now

Posted November 20

Is cleansing your skin with a simple face wash or soap paying off? Most formulas only provide just a mild cleanse of the skin. Our skin needs more than just a regular wash to get rid of all the pollutants, dirt and makeup hiding in the pores. A proper detox formula can remove impurities, restore your skin and prevent blemishes.

Here are 17 detox ingredients your skin needs right now:

1. Clay

Clay is one of the most detoxifying ingredients that can be used on your face. When used as a facemask, clay can eliminate all the toxins hiding in your pores. In addition to being antibacterial, it attracts metals and impurities because of its magnetic charge and leaves behind minerals. So, whether on your face or any area of your body, clay can work wonders.

2. Salt

Salt has been known to detoxify the skin because of its significant moisturizing properties. It works to strengthen the skin's moisture barrier, which drastically reduces pollutants from settling into pores. Salt also exfoliates the skin and gets rid of the dead cells lingering on your face.

3. Seaweed

Seaweed is a natural detoxifier. Chlorophyll (the green pigment in plant cells) is responsible for cleansing the skin. Besides removing the dirty particles from the skin, seaweed also works to break down fat cells and reduces cellulite.

4. Activated charcoal

Many people are unaware that charcoal is an effective cleanser and of its presence in many common beauty products. Coal acts like a vacuum by absorbing dirt and grime from the pores.

5. Coffee extract

Apart from being a perfect antioxidant, coffee supports detoxification by stimulating circulation. Coffee extract is used in many ingredients to detoxify the skin, reduce eye puffiness and prevents cellulite production.

6. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper is a common ingredient in many drinkable detox juices. When used in small quantities, it stimulates blood flow, opens up the pores, eliminates impurities and gives the skin a healthy glow.

7. Cucumber

Cucumber is a traditional Indian ingredient that works to cool and cleanse the skin. It also works to cleanse the liver (the main detoxifying organ in the body) and enables the body to produce more urine to remove all wastes and toxins from the body.

8. White tea

White tea is one of the healthiest drinks available. It reduces the risk of cancer, prevents cardiovascular diseases and improves oral health. Because of its anti-aging and antioxidant properties, it is known to help maintain clear skin and prevent bacteria buildup.

9. Mint detox water

Our unhealthy eating habits and polluted environments enable the formation of free radicals in our body. Mint helps detoxify the skin by controlling the free radicals and removing toxins from the body.

10. Strawberries

Strawberries have many benefits – they help with weight loss, contain antioxidants and rich minerals and work to detoxify the body.

11. Apple cider vinegar

The holy grail of detox products, apple cider vinegar works best in its natural, raw form because it is full of vitamins and enzymes. This vinegar is the sediment left over after apples have been completely fermented, which makes it a strong enemy of bacteria.

12. Raspberry

In addition to external cleansers, our skin needs cleansing and purification from within. Raspberry is rich in vitamin C, which is vital for the formation of collagen. It is also rich in antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation.

13. Blueberry

Blueberries have become popular for their wide range of skin benefits. Because of this, many beauty brands include blueberries in their skin care products. They also contain resveratrol, a substance that reduces damaged caused from excessive sun exposure.

14. Oranges

Oranges are rich in Vitamin C and are a widely used for detox purposes because of their high levels of citrus. By clearing the digestive tract and cleansing the liver, citrus detoxes the skin from inside the body.

15. Garlic

Research has proved that heavy metals are attracted to the chemicals in garlic. Ingesting a garlic clove a day is enough to keep your body systems and skin free of metallic residue.

16. Avocado

Avocado can do wonders for the skin. This fruit has a unique mix of nutrients that are extremely beneficial for maintaining that healthy glow.

17. Yogurt

Yogurt is known for the numerous health benefits it offers the body when it's consumed, but there are many benefits when it is applied to the skin as well. A yogurt face mask has cleansing and purifying properties that help get rid of acne and leave your skin glowing.

External detox ingredients work well to clear the pores, and ingredients that are ingested work actively to cleanse the body, detoxify the liver and get rid of impurities within. By maintaining a balanced diet, and reaping the benefits of the detoxifying ingrediants, your skin will look more radiant than ever before.

Charushila Biswas is a Post Graduate in MSc. Biotech and is currently pursuing a course in nutrition and fitness. Contact her at charushila.bws@gmail.com

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