skin detox

It’s time to detox. Don’t worry, I’m not going to prescribe ghastly juices. You can keep your daily glass of wine because it’s your skin that is going to go through detox. I recently became intrigued by beauty products with detoxifying agents since they improve skin protection by fighting free-radical damage. As free radicals are a cause of aging, detox skin care is another weapon in our anti-aging arsenal. So if you are stressed out, assaulted by environmental stress and pollution, then get the best in skin care detox.

M.A.D. Skincare Wrinkle Repellent Environmental Protection Serum ($60). Teeming with cutting-edge antioxidants, M.A.D has an ingredient aptly named Celldetox. It is a purified form of hydrolyzed candida saitoana extract derived from a fungi that encourages cell autophagy (the skin's natural detoxification process). Another de-stressing ingredient is Oxygeskin, or tropaeolum majus flower extract, rich in arabinogalactans that enable cells to respond to hypoxic stress. This promotes natural skin oxygenation, contributing to an improved complexion. Then there’s moringa, one of my favorite natural ingredients. It protects the skin from pollutants (in India it is used to purify wells for drinking water). M.A.D will basically take on anything that modern urban life has to throw at you. Read the full review

My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer ($68). Powerful anti-pollutant moringa is also in My Prime’s excellent moisturizer. Moringa oil has more zeatin (an antioxidant) than any other known plant, and it leaves other better known botanicals in the shade when it comes to the concentration of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. There are more vitamins from pili pulp oil, a plant indigenous to the Philippines that is a rich source of beta carotene. Read the full review

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist ($39 in the shop). This spray-on moisturizer is just what stressed skin needs. Cooling, calming and hydrating alpine rose extract is thought to increase skin's resistance to environmental stressors. Subjected to harsh mountain temperatures and UV light, alpine rose is being studied by scientists to see if it can protect skin from the same conditions. The leaves contain a compound called taxifolin that is an antioxidant and antiviral. One Love Organics’ spray also has shitake mushroom, which is a good source of vitamin D. Read the full review

Arcona Tea Tree Mask ($30). Formulated to decongest and detoxify skin cells, this is a clay-based mask (bentonite and kaolin) to absorb excess oil, dirt and impurities. These are among several ingredients that fight acne and keep skin healthy. Tea tree oil, an antiseptic and anti-microbial, gently keeps skin free of offending acne-causing bacteria. Allantoin is a well-known gentle exfoliant. Sulfur is a blemish treatment that works by exfoliating. Read the full review

Ultra Renew Plus ($159 in the shop). This device has an ionic mode that removes impurities by deep cleansing. Ionic, or galvanic current, is a low level, continuous current that flows in one direction, making it a direct current with dual polarity of a positive or negative charge. It is supposed to work on the principle that charged ions in the skin are either attracted or repelled from the electrodes. On the Ultra Renew Plus, there are two settings – ion+ and ion-. The ion+ (positive ion) is for deep cleansing. Read more on this and the devices other features, LED and ultrasound.

Osmotics Anti-Radical Age Defense Moisture Complex ($111). Aldenine is the name given to combining tripeptide-1, soy and wheat proteins. It is a free radical scavenger that specifically goes after the reactive carbonyl species. It acts, therefore, as a cellular detoxifier. Another key active is carnosine, a natural amino-acid that is a potent antioxidant, helps to chelate ionic metals (flush toxins from the body) and has immune boosting properties. Read the full review

Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop). This eye cream is big on free radical scavengers and goes after them in order to leave cells healthy and toxin free. Lipochronan-6, a free radial scavenger, does a significantly better job of fending off oxidative stress than resveratrol (at least according to the company that makes it). YBF Correct also has spin trap, a busy molecule that finds free radicals and stops them “spinning” out control and causing damage to cells. Read the full review

BRAD Biophotonic Sea Minerals Purify Healing Detoxifying Gel Cleanser ($45 in the shop). Designed for dry, blemished and sensitive skin, this is more of a treatment than a mere cleanser. Particularly helpful for inflamed and unhappy skin are some of the botanicals, such as borage, oregano and red clover. Burdock root is also famed for dealing with skin disorders as it may prevent the body’s immune system for damaging the skin. Read the full review

Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Mask ($34). Charcoal is a great base for this mask as it draws out impurities and toxins and clears the skin of excess oil, dirt and other pollutants. Gentle enough for sensitive skin, you will still experience a pore minimizing and cleansing effect. Read the full review

Osmotics Micro Peel Resurfacing System ($86). A three-step system designed to work together to resurface skin’s texture, refresh and brighten dull skin. Notable are the Exfoliating Charcoal Mask with the same detoxifying charcoal active as in the aforementioned Michael Todd. Collagen Boosting Micro Peel has extract of spondias mombin pulp that back in the day was used to treat leprosy. Meanwhile, the Protective Barrier Cream has another unusual botanical, mad dog weed, or European water plantain, which has been shown to inhibit allergic reactions. Read the full review