Purifying Performances: Ingredients to Try

The skincare ingredients you should be using. // All images via Getty Images

From trendy to tried-and-true, these detoxifying ingredients clear complexions and promote the skin's natural radiance. 

Charcoal 

The activated form of this substance extracts toxins and impurities from the deeper layers of the skin, which are difficult to penetrate. It also rids pores of chemicals and odors and exfoliates skin cells. 

Clay 

Rich in boron and fluoride, bentonite clay has the ability to bind to and extract toxins and plays a supporting role in the combat of blemishes. Kaolin clay absorbs excess sebum and purges pollutants that compound on the skin’s surface.

Seaweed 

Marine algae draws impurities to the surface and loosens dead skin. Because it’s packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins, it also builds elasticity of the skin by strengthening cell membranes. 

Spices 

These aromatic substances, such as cinnamon and paprika, activate the circulatory system, triggering the delivery of oxygen and nutrients while simultaneously flushing out dirt and debris. 

Probiotics 

Topical probiotics maximize the benefits of “good” bacteria to keep the skin’s natural defenses strong. In so doing, they maintain a healthy balance in the skin’s microbiome. Probiotics also act as catalysts for purifying ingredients (such as those mentioned above). When used together, the results are optimal hydration, reduced inflammation and redness, and a decrease in the frequency of breakouts caused by acne. 

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