7 Detox Ingredients To Add To Your Skincare Routine

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From digital detox to tidying up our homes, all the new year worthy tasks are already checked off from to-do lists. Now it’s time to give skin detox a turn at the wheel – waking up your skin from the winter slump! Detox ingredients in skincare focus on ‘de-gunking’ your skin, unlike other kinds of detoxes that focus on flushing out the toxins from your system. It also refers to how you can protect the skin from environmental toxins like pollution, UV radiation, and climatic changes. Let’s look at the essentials you need to label check for to achieve a skin detox effortlessly and ace the bonafide beauty trend.

1. Charcoal

When it comes to detox ingredients, charcoal doubles up as a vacuum cleaner for your skin. It sucks out gunk like pollution particles and dirt from your skin, making it cleaner and fresher. For a squeaky clean, let the charcoal-infused products sit on the skin for a while time before washing it off with cold or lukewarm water. Hydrate the skin immediately with nutrient oils or oil-based moisturisers, as charcoal can dry out your skin.

2. Kaolin Clay


Kaolin, a naturally-occurring clay, has a fine texture and is a good addition to your pore-care routine. Its antibacterial properties make it ideal for acne-prone skin. For dry skin types, clay masks are preferable as they help gradually regulate the sebum production in your skin rather than stripping it of natural oils completely. If you like to DIY, add moisturising oils like argan, almond, avocado or jojoba to the mix to maintain skin hydration.

3. Epsom Salt


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Epsom salt is one of best body care detox ingredients out there. The essential minerals present in it helps improve the skin’s barrier function, soften rough skin and offer mild exfoliation by dissolving dead skin cells. Make sure to consult your dermatologist before taking Epsom salt baths, as some skin conditions can adversely react with the minerals present in it.

4. Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll in skincare is known to help the absorption of certain nutrients like magnesium, potassium and calcium, thereby making it healthy. It is also known for its detoxifying properties, is anti-inflammatory, and helps with acne. Enriched with vitamins like A, C, E, and K, this radiantly green detox ingredient helps manage signs of sun damage like fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

5. Coffee

A list of detox ingredients will be incomplete without coffee. A rich source of antioxidants, coffee also treats under-eye puffiness. Adding coffee extracts to body scrubs or faces masks stimulates blood circulation while promoting detox. It can help get rid of dirt particles, has a calming effect, helps exfoliates your skin mildly and make your complexion more radiant. Coffee extracts are found in a wide product range from serums, face washes, body scrubs, bathing soaps etc.

6. Green Tea

Green tea is a good drink and one of the best detox ingredients out there. Rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and catechins, green tea is an excellent addition to a detox skincare routine. It helps manage skin redness, calms irritation and is incredibly hydrating in nature as well. The ingredient is also known for fighting free radical damage in the skin, helping reverse sun damage and other environmental wear and tear.

7. Turmeric


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This age-old Ayurvedic ingredient has long been incorporated in skincare routines; cue the bridal haldi ceremonies! The miracle healing spice consists of curcumin that helps rid your skin of free radicals and reduces inflammation via nuclear factor-KB inhibition. It also helps with better collagen deposition and faster wound-healing to help improve the overall quality of your skin. 

Besides these topical detox ingredients that can help detox the skin, you need to focus on detoxing foods your kitchen as well. These include apple cider vinegar, alkaline-rich fruits and vegetables like kale, watermelon, broccoli, melons, bananas, minerals (calcium, potassium, and magnesium), Vitamin C-infused fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and oranges. Keeping off dairy products like cheese, butter, fried food, and sugar will also help you detox your skin better. These are responsible for blocking your pores and dulling your skin’s lustre. So eat healthily and keep yourself hydrated by consuming a lot of water to achieve that radiant glow from within!

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