Unless you’re staying in the countryside, air pollution is pretty much unavoidable.
The particles, bacteria and dust in the air that settle on your skin can not only irritate skin, clog pores and result in breakouts, they can also cause free radical damage that in the long run leads in a loss of elasticity, fine lines, pigmentation and roughness. To prevent this, we’ve listed some of our favourite detoxifying and anti-pollution masks to help deeply cleanse, purify and unclog skin.
1. Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask, $114
This acts like a liquid magnet to attract and remove pollutants and impurities stuck in pores, as well as surface dead skin cells, to help refine and resurface the complexion for a smoother and softer finish.
It also has the powerful antioxidant idebenone and a blend of plant extracts to boost skin’s natural detoxification process. A must-have for anyone living in, well, the city.
2. Skin Inc Oxy-Recharge Bubble Mask, $76
This 3-in-1 mask helps to recharge, detox and act as a peel in just one minute.
Our skin needs oxygen to detox, exfoliate and renew itself. However, as we age, the oxygen that reaches your skin declines by as much as 50 percent, causing it to look lifeless, dull, and prone to fine lines.
This mask is formulated with potent active ingredients like Activated Carbon Perfluoro, powerful antioxidants like Japanese yuzu and green tea extracts, skin-soothing agents like licorice and chamomile, and an exfoliating co-polymer. Together, they help to deliver oxygen into the skin, accelerate skin repair and detoxify.
3. The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask, $32.90
This 100 per cent vegan formula removes pollution, deeply purifies and helps to protect against pollution adhesion. It is infused with Matcha green tea from Kakegawa, Japan, and dandelion extract to help get rid of pollutants and impurities, and has natural exfoliating loofah particles in the creamy formula that act as a gentle scrub to leave your complexion softer, smoother and more radiant.
4. Bobbi Brown Instant Detox, $64
This clarifying clay-based formula helps detoxify skin by deeply penetrating skin’s surface to help remove impurities and pollutants, giving you a healthier and clearer looking and feeling complexion. It is made with a blend of Hawaiian Sea Water and mineral-rich Amazonian White Clay to help extract toxins and impurities, reduce the appearance of pore size while maintaining skin’s moisture levels.
Combined with the detoxifying properties of sea salt and sea water, the powerful clay-based formula helps remove pore-clogging debris and excess oil from skin, while nourishing skin.
5. Orbis Deep Clay Spa, $28
This purifying mask contains white clay to thoroughly remove sebum and grime deep within pores to prevent enlarged pores and roughness while replenishing nutrients in the skin to correct its balance. It is also formulated with a Marine Moisture Complex, which consists of Japanese Kelp extract, Eelgrass extract and sea salt, to treat and nourish skin.
This article was first published on Female.
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