Detox your skin with a face mask
Years of research has revealed that the causation of wrinkles in face and neck could be due to two sources of toxins:
First, accumulation of toxins under the skin from decomposition of foods, dyes, fragrances, food colors, and many other intake sources.
Second, environmental toxins, such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, heavy metals, toxic gases and etc. all could be absorbed and accumulated under the skin that may cause dehydration at cellular level and blockage of nutrition to the cells.
Toxins could dehydrate mostly exposed areas, which may cause cells to shrink, and this creates wrinkles.
Facial Detox Mask detoxifies surface layers to be washed away, and also detoxifies deeper layers as waste will be naturally taken away from the inside by the lymph system. This could create an opportunity for cells to rejuvenate themselves naturally by hydration and nutrition.
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At this time of year, when thoughts inevitably turn to the thorny question of detoxification, it’s good to remember that while your inner workings benefit from TLC, your skin does too.
The quickest way to give your skin a deep-down detox is to use a scrub and a face mask but while many men are familiar with scrubs, face masks still remain something of a mystery; even though they are one of the most beneficial and simple products to use. Most only need applying for ten minutes and there is a range of products for different skin types. Here are some pointers for next time you’re out shopping…
Know your clays
One ingredient to look out for are Kaolin, a white powder clay, which has great oil-absorbing properties and is good for preventing spots. French Clay has similar properties, but is also rich in minerals beneficial to the skin. If you have sensitive skin, look for products containing white bentonite clay. Found in North America, it is good for reducing oil and refining large pores, but tends to be gentler on the skin than darker clays.
Clay masks are great detoxifiers but their potent drawing powers and ingredients mean they can be a challenge for some skin types, especially dry or sensitive ones. In this case look for masks aimed specifically for sensitive skins or think about using a hydrating mask instead. These are designed to draw moisture to the skin as well as to add it directly and lock it in. Look out, too, for ‘recharging’ masks which are formulated to boost the appearance of skin with a dose of beneficial nutrients.
Think about colour
Some face masks are dark in colour, with some almost black thanks to their ingredients. Avoid these if you’re likely to apply your mask while sitting in the bath as they have a nasty habit of leaving tide marks – noticeable evidence to the missus that you haven’t bothered to clean the bath.
Detox tips from the top
Tip 1: Use your mask sparingly. Once or twice a week is plenty, unless you’re using a hydrating mask.
Tip 2: To maximise its performance, use after exfoliating the skin with a face scrub – this will improve penetration.
Tip 3: Always avoid the skin around the eyes – it is too delicate for masks. People don’t wear cucumbers over their eyes because they think it looks good.
Tip 4: Don’t apply a mask before an important date or evening out – they can cause the skin to temporarily flush and look blotchy.
What to buy
Christian Acuña Organic Clay Purifiying Mask is the best face mask for men, Deep Cleansing Mineral Mud Mask, with a brilliant container, dual-purpose mask that allows you to apply a rich brown clay to problem areas like the chin, nose and forehead and the cheeks.
The best detoxifying mask for men tackles the signs of stress and fatigue rather than spots and grease, this potent mask gives skin a kick-start, reducing the signs of tiredness so you’re not a walking advertisement for the night before.
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