Our face is our first line of defense. During spring and summer, our face endures intense abuse due to sun exposure. In the winter and fall months, our face is again at risk of being exposed to dry and cold weather.
On top of that, pollution and chemicals in the air hurt our face on a daily basis. With that in mind, we have to take care of our face regularly. The best way to do that is with a detox face mask.
Now, you can always run to the store, and buy some pricey and expensive cosmetic products. There is nothing wrong in that. I for one, will not judge you.
But if you are here, you are probably looking for a more natural solution. Before we get to the face mask options, let’s get something straight.
You do not need to apply these masks on a daily basis. In fact, most skin experts will tell you it is best to detox your face once every two weeks.
No matter the season, detox is an important aspect of your skin care. And your face is your most exposed skin. Before you apply a face mask from the list below, you need to prepare your face.
That means steam your face so that the pores are ready and the natural ingredients can penetrate deeper into your skin.
Top 10 Detox Face Masks
Coffee Mud Mask
For this mask, you’ll need two tablespoons of a cosmetic grade clay. Think of bentonite or kaolin.
You’ll also need just a teaspoon of dry coffee grounds, and a teaspoon and a half of apple cider vinegar. You can use more or less vinegar, depending on how sensitive your skin is. If you have sensitive skin, reduce the ACV amount.
Mix the ingredients to form a paste. Spread the paste on your face using your fingers. Let the mask dry on the face, and then rinse with warm water. Clay is one of the best ingredients for detox, as the deep-cleansing and toxin-absorbing properties will make your face look clean and healthy. In addition, coffee provides anti-inflammatory properties, making sure your skin is not red after the treatment.
An alternative way to use coffee for a facial skin mask is to add few drops of olive oil to coffee grounds, mix into the paste, and apply on your face. Rinse after 20 minutes.
Coconut Clay Mask
If you need more hydration, and less detox, go for coconut and clay. Coconut clay mask will help you draw out impurities from the skin, soothe irritation of the face, and keep your skin moisturized.
For this mask, you’ll need two tablespoons of bentonite clay and one teaspoon of olive oil. And a half a teaspoon of raw honey for nourishing and rejuvenating dehydrated skin.
Mix the ingredients into a paste, and then apply to clean and dry skin. Let it stay for 15 minutes on your face, and then rinse with warm water. Alternatively, you can use a warm and damp washcloth to remove the mask.
Chocolate is one of the best ingredients for cleansing your face. Remember, chocolate, or cocoa better said, contains antioxidants that fight off free radicals.
With that in mind, for this face mask, you’ll need half a tablespoon of cocoa, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, few drops of peppermint essential oil, and half a tablespoon of bentonite clay.
Mix the ingredient in a bowl, and then use your fingers to apply the mask over your clean skin. Let it stay for 20 minutes, and then wipe away with a warm and damp washcloth.
Cocoa, as mentioned, will help you detox your skin due to antioxidants, and peppermint essential oil will improve the blood flow in your face.
Avocado and lemon mask
Usually, people eat half an avocado, and the other half stays in the fridge. Leave it longer for a day or two, and that half an avocado is of no use anymore. Well, instead of wasting it, why not try to make it into a detox face mask? Avocado has very useful nutrients for your skin, so use it to your advantage.
Mash the half of avocado in a bowl until you get a smooth paste, and then juice half a lemon in it. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil, and you have a nourishing and cleansing detox mask. Thanks to the healthy fats and lipids in avocado, your skin will feel super smooth after the treatment.
Apply a thin layer of the mask on your face, and then rinse after 20 minutes with warm water.
If you need to bring in the big guns for your clean face, there is nothing better than a charcoal face mask. Activated charcoal can be used for many things, including whitening your teeth, improving digestive health, and keeping your skin healthy.
You’ll need a quarter teaspoon of the charcoal and a teaspoon of bentonite clay. Add a tablespoon of witch hazel and half a teaspoon of raw honey to the mix.
You’ll need to mix the honey and witch hazel first, and then add the charcoal and the clay. If you like, you can add essential oils for more benefits, like lavender for example.
Spread the mask all over your face, let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse.
Tomato and honey
If you suffer from acne, blackheads, and other skin problems, tomato juice is just what you need.
For this mask, you’ll need 2 teaspoons of tomato juice and one teaspoon of honey.
Mix the two ingredients in a smooth paste, and then apply on your clean face. Let the mask work its magic for 25 minutes, and then rinse it off.
Grapes are not some fruit you can find all over the year. However, during the grape season, you should indulge in this mask.
You’ll need the juice of 4 seedless grapes and a little flour. Add a quarter teaspoon of baking soda, and mix the ingredients into a smooth paste.
Apply on your face, let it stay there for 15 minutes, and then rinse.
Grapes will help your detox your face, all while reducing blemishes. Women with oily skin will benefit greatly from grape detox mask.
Parsley detox mask
For a parsley made detox mask, you’ll need to start with one teaspoon of chopped parsley.
Boil the ingredients in water, and then let the solution rest for 15 minutes. Strain the herb, and once it is cooled down, apply on your face.
Parsley will help you flush out toxins out of the skin and clean your skin pores.
Strawberry face mask
Similar as grapes, strawberries are not available throughout the entire year. But once you get your hands on these great fruits, it is would be a shame not to use them to their full potential. Just consuming strawberries will vastly improve the look of your skin.
But if you need a face mask, mash few strawberries and then mix them with a teaspoon of yogurt, teaspoon of honey, and 2 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Apply the paste on your face and rinse after few minutes.
The best part about this detox mask is that you can make it through the entire year. And it is cheap. Bananas are a great fruit to help with dry and dull skin.
Mash one banana, and then mix with a teaspoon of honey, and 2 teaspoons of sour cream.
Apply the paste on your face, and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse it off to restore your skin’s lost moisture.
How to keep your face clean?
Using a detox mask is just one of the treatments for keeping your skin healthy. And that is just half of the battle. There are other ways to detox your skin.
Here are some quick tips.
- Drink water to achieve a glowing and hydrated skin. Always start your day with a glass of water to keep your face skin hydrated
- Consume probiotics to purify your skin from bacteria from the inside out
- Increase your fiber consumption to combat bloating, which is one of the reasons your skin does not look healthy. Just do not consume ready-made fiber supplements that can make you feel bloated. Instead, opt for traditional fiber, like oatmeal for breakfast
- Steam your face regularly to allow the ingredients of the mask to penetrate pores and extract as many toxins as possible