Detoxification is not just for people who want to lose weight - it's also for people who want to have clearer and healthier skin. The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it is also one of the most sensitive.
To maintain healthy skin and a clear complexion, we need to make sure we practice a detox skincare routine – by using cleansers and exfoliators that remove excess sebum and dead skin cells and using products that contain antioxidants to help protect the skin’s surface.
Detox skincare routines are designed to cleanse your pores and often use natural ingredients like clay, charcoal, and activated charcoal that have been shown to remove impurities and dirt in addition to cleansing oils and lotions that can be used as a mask or scrub.
There are numerous benefits to following a detox skincare routine, such as helping to reduce acne breakouts and pores by thoroughly removing dirt and oil from the skin’s surface, protecting your skin against environmental damage and free radicals which cause signs of aging, and giving you a brighter complexion because it removes dead cells from your pores, leaving behind fresh new ones in their place
In this article we'll recommend 10 of the best Japanese detox skincare products that you can try at home for clean and healthy-looking skin!
This clay-based facial wash by Japanese skincare brand FANCL helps to remove stubborn pores to achieve smooth and silky skin. It contains a blend of three types of clays, Kaolin (black clay), sea silt (sea mud), bentonite (sand clay), that are designed to remove dead skin cells, absorb dirt inside pores, and catch oxidized sebum.
This facial cleanser also contains aloe vera extract to prevent your skin from drying out after using this product and other moisturizing ingredients in addition to yogurt extract to help peel off dead skin cells. It is free of additives including paraben, perfumes, coloring agents, oil-based surfactants, and UV absorbers.
FANCL Clay Gel Facial Wash (Anti Pore Face Cleanser) 120g
Rosette Rice Bran Face Wash is a foaming creamy facial cleanser that locks in moisture whilst effectively removing dirt and makeup. It’s additive free and made with rice bran and plant derived ingredients to thoroughly cleanse your skin and keep it looking smooth and fresh.
Rice bran is a bit of a super ingredient when it comes to skin benefits. It’s rich in antioxidants, helping to protect skin from environmental damage, and it also helps to even out skin tone and prevent signs of aging such as wrinkles. Rice bran contains vitamins B and E and hydrates skin without clogging pores.
Rosette Rice Bran Face Wash Additive-Free 140g
It’s not just facial skin that needs taking care of – regularly exfoliating using a good body scrub can effectively remove dead skin cells too. This Japanese body scrub from Leaf & Botanics has a eucalyptus and lemongrass fragrance and is formulated with natural ingredients such as salt, ground walnut shells and white clay to exfoliate hardened keratin and make the skin smooth. It works all over the body – even areas with hardened skin such as elbows and knees.
Leaf & Botanics Japanese Body Scrub Salt 155g
Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a popular and highly rated Japanese facial exfoliator made with activated hydrogen water and botanical extracts to effectively remove old, dead skin cells. This alcohol-free exfoliator is very gentle on skin and works without causing any dryness or irritation.
In 2020, Cure Natural Aqua Gel was featured in an article in People Magazine as one of Japan’s best-selling exfoliators with one bottle sold approximately every 4.5 seconds. The exfoliator is often referred to as ‘magic in a bottle’ for its ability to clean pores, target acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and polish skin, no matter your skin type.
The exfoliator is blended with natural plant extracts such as rosemary, gingko, and aloe vera, and is also suitable for sensitive skin as it is free from alcohol, fragrance, colors, and preservatives. It is recommended that this product is used twice a week and takes just a few seconds to work once applied to skin.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel Exfoliator 250g
This Kracie Hadabisei 100% natural cotton face mask is packed full of beauty serum designed to prevent acne with ingredients such as green tea extract and Vitamin C which contains antioxidants to protect skin. The mask’s special formula helps to improve skin texture for brighter, clearer skin. The mask is designed to be used once or twice a week for up to 15 minutes for best results.
Kracie Hadabisei Moisturising Facial Mask Acne Care 5 Sheets
This facial pack is formulated with natural Moroccan clay renowned for its cleansing and moisturizing properties, and other ingredients such as brown sugar extract, honey, and charcoal to absorb and remove dirt, impurities, and dead skin. It has a pleasant herbal scent and is blended with natural essential oils.
The pack is applied directly to the face and rinsed off with water after drying. By gently removing the old skin layer, unclogging pores, and combatting rough skin, this Japanese facial pack helps to remove blackheads and roughness from pores to create translucent skin.
BCL Tsururi Ghassoul Mineral Clay Facial Pack 150g
Keana Nadeshiko Face Wash Foam is a Japanese foaming cleanser featuring baking soda to melt away blackheads, effectively cleanse enlarged pores, and remove dead skin cells. It also contains moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, honey, and royal jelly extract, making it suitable for people with dry skin too.
Upon application the cleanser creates a puffy rich whipped cream that easily dissolves and cleanses dead skin cells leaving your skin feeling soft and plump. This product is particularly recommended for consumers concerned about dry pores.
Ishizawa Lab Keana Nadeshiko Baking Soda Face Wash Foam 100g
This product is part of J-beauty brand Rosette’s range of clay cleansers, with this item formulated with mineral-rich fine sea clay powder to remove dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells.
This foaming Japanese cleanser also contains Japanese rose to tighten pores and leave the skin smooth. Japanese rose has been used as an ingredient in traditional medicines and skincare products for many years as it is believed to help heal skin allergies and minimize pores.
Rosette Cleansing Paste Sea Clay Smooth Foam Cleanser 120g
This charcoal-based peeling pack is designed for people with dull skin and for those seeking help to remove old skin, hard to reach dirt, and clogged pores. The peeling pack has a refreshing lemongrass scent and is formulated with ingredients such as hamamelis leaf extract which has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and grape leaf extract, which helps to tighten pores and improve skin texture.
This product is designed to be used once a week after washing your face and is left on skin for around 20 minutes, until the pack is dry. After using this pack, your skin should feel smoother and look more translucent.
Gabaiyoka Peeling Pack Black Charcoal 90g
This multi-functional facial serum from Quon Japan works as a serum, toner, milky lotion, and beauty essence. One of its main ingredients is Yamato green tea, which is known to contain three components to make skin firmer, brighter, and more hydrated.
The tea leaves contain catechin, which restricts the production of melanin, whilst the tea flowers contain saponins, protecting the skin from oxidation. Finally, the tea berries contain oleic acid keeps skin hydrated and resilient.
This facial serum is free from chemicals and is made with all natural ingredients, 80% of which come from Japan. It also has a refreshing aroma of flowers and essential oils.
Quon Japan Beauty Actualizer All-in-One Facial Serum 50ml
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