Ever get home from a hectic day at work and feel like you need way more than a shower to wash away the stresses of the day?
For the ultimate detox of body and mind, we teamed up with Sephora to create superfood rituals for a next-level wind down that will help purify your pores and ward off breakouts (because those are just the worst).
Meet your detoxifying heroes: charcoal and a citrus and sugarcane superfruit blend. Charcoal does the dirty work of deep cleaning your pores topically, while internally cleansing your system of toxins. The citrus and sugarcane blend provides a natural AHA exfoliation, leaving you with a clearer, smoother complexion.
Change into your coziest PJs, throw your hair in a messy bun, and whip yourself up a soothing wellness bev. You’ll feel the worries of the day fading away in no time.
Scroll down for two self-care options for clearer, brighter-looking skin.
boscia Luminizing Black Mask + Charcoal Lemon Latte
For a mega dose of the purifying powers of charcoal, start with boscia Luminizing Black Mask (yes, this is the shiny black mask currently blowing up on Instagram). And it’s legit: Topically, charcoal pulls impurities out of skin, removing blackheads and excess oil to reduce the appearance of pores and reveal a brighter, more refined complexion.
Apply a smooth, opaque layer onto clean, dry skin, and after 30 minutes (and multiple selfies), gently peel away to unveil fresh, clarified skin.
Next, sip on a DIY charcoal lemon latte. The frothy cup is like a comforting hug with serious detox benefits. Food-grade activated charcoal binds to internal toxins (that can show up on the skin as breakouts) and flushes them out, which can also help cleanse your digestive system and alleviate bloat.
Charcoal Lemon Latte
Yields 1 latte
1 tsp food-grade activated charcoal
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1. Add all ingredients to a small pot and warm over medium heat.
2. Whisk vigorously for about two minutes or until the mixture begins to froth.
3. Pour into a mug, add as much lemon juice as you like, and sip warm (or add ice for a cooling treat).
Tata Harper Clarifying Mask + Citrus Sugarcane Juice
For dermatologist-level results without the bad stuff, Tata Harper Clarifying Mask packs a serious-skin clearing punch into its selfie-worthy bright green formula, while remaining free of toxins, fillers, artificial colors and fragrances, and synthetic chemicals. (Bonus: This product is vegetarian!)
The mask harnesses the benefits of sugarcane and orange (both of which are high in antioxidants) to create an all-natural alpha hydroxy acid blend. The AHA superfruit blend exfoliates to decongest skin and minimizes the appearance of blemishes and pores, while willow bark balances and controls excess oil, without that parched-skin feeling. So it can work its magic on all skin types, from dry to oily
Spread a thick layer of the mask onto your face and neck, and chill for 15 to 20 minutes. While you’re waiting for the mask to dry, sip on a cleansing cup of citrus sugarcane juice to maximize the skin-clearing benefits from the inside out.
After you’re done, massage the mask into your skin with warm water to gently exfoliate before rinsing. The formula includes micro-crystals to deliver max exfoliation for smoother, clearer-looking skin. Now that’s sweet.
Citrus Sugarcane Juice
Yields 1 serving
2 medium sticks sugarcane, peeled
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp orange juice
1. Cut the sugarcane into one-inch pieces. In a blender, blend the pieces with the water, lemon juice, and orange juice.
2. Strain the mixture through a muslin cloth, and start sipping.
Clear Skin Essentials
Graphics: Jenna Cantagallo