With Thanksgiving now officially behind us, you may be feeling the need to detox, thanks to overindulging in salt-infused turkey, celebratory champagne, pumpkin pie dessert (and seconds) and quite possibly even Black Friday breakfast thanks to excessive leftovers that, God forbid might go to waste. You know you’ve really celebrated the holiday of thanks the right way when you find yourself actually craving kale salads and green juices chock-full of antioxidants and vitamins.
While eating a healthy diet with plenty of leafy greens is essential nourishment for your body, overall well-being and, yes, even your skin, there are some serious benefits to applying superfoods and greens topically as well.
Kale for instance, is rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron and omega fatty acids—all of which are commonly used active ingredients in anti-aging skin-care products. Other green fruit and veggies like spinach and avocado are also rich in omega-3 and -6 along with iron, vitamin C and chlorophyll.
These vitamins and nutrients not only have major skin-enhancing benefits when we eat them, but they also offer anti-aging benefits when applied directly to the skin as well. Whether or not you’re planning on going on a juice cleanse or not, your skin will thank you for treating it to these nutrient-dense face masks.
Brown & Coconut Kale Mask
Ideal for those with acne-prone skin, this clay-based powder gets a big vitamin boost thanks to being infused with vitamin-K-rich kale and lemon verbena to help remove toxins and pore-clogging bacteria from the pores without overdrying.
$22 at Detox Market
Lily Sado Tea + C Rehab Detox Mud Mask
Using a healthy mix of antioxidant-rice ingredients green tea, cucumber, parsley, licorice root, and coconut oil, this 15-second mask promises to penetrate your pores and clear them of the toxins and buildup that tend to accompany the holiday season.
$15.95 at Amazon
Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Masque
This anti-aging mask contains a blend of broccoli sprouts, kale and spinach to deliver a potent dose of antioxidants directly into the skin. Rich in both vitamins C and E, this green mask works to soften fine lines and fight free radical damage.
$70 at Dermstore
Pacifica Kale Charcoal Ultimate Detox Mask
This green mask is the ultimate solution for detoxing congested pores without completely stripping the skin of all moisture (as many charcoal masks do). Containing a blend of charcoal and clay to help penetrate the pores and remove impurities, it’s also infused with nourishing ingredients like kale and aloe vera to keep moisture levels balanced.
$11.29 at Target
Youth to the People Spirulina + Microalgae Kale Spinach Superfood Skin Mask
Likened to a reset button for your skin, this nutrient-dense facial mask contains a blend of greens, antioxidants, phytonutrients and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid to help you fake eight hours of beauty sleep or hide the effects of a late night out.
$44 at Sephora
Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask
This hydrating mask contains an anti-aging cocktail of Japanese seaweed, avocado, and apricot kernel oil to help replenish moisture to the skin. This refreshing mask is especially ideal to use after long flights (or just a long week).
$28 at Nordstrom
Farmhouse Fresh Guac Star Avocado Mask
Guacamole is amazing on chips and over tacos, but it’s equally as satisfying when applied on your face as well. Of course, this luxe max replaces the traditional dip’s onions and pico de gallo with soothing green tea and antioxidants to calm down irritation and reduce redness.
$24.95 at Amazon
Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Detoxifying Face Mask
Like a “juice cleanse for your face,” Glossier’s mask contains not only a blend of nutrient-dense greens (spinach, cress sprout and parsley) to help draw out impurities and excess oil from your pores, but it also contains a blend of vitamin-rich fruit extracts to gently exfoliate the skin and protect against free radical damage.
$22 at Glossier
Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Smoothing Mask
Unlike many decongesting clay masks, this purifying skin cleanser is able to penetrate pores and draw out toxins without depleting your skin of virtually all moisture. Armed with five different active greens (wheat grass, kale, celery, cabbage, and broccoli), this face mask claims to harness the benefits of cold-press juicing in topical form.
$9.99 at Amazon
Innisfree Green Barley Peeling Mask
This K-beauty mask gently exfoliates the skin with natural fermented barley vinegar that works like a natural AHA to slough away dead skin cells.
$12.74 at Amazon
Ariul Detox Juice Cleanse Sheet Masks
We’ve all seen the detoxifying juice cleanse packs with specific blends to be consumed on different days during the cleanse period; this facial mask set uses the same approach for your skin.
$11.96 at Amazon
Perricone MD Chlorophyll Detox Mask
When ingested orally, chlorophyll (a nutrient-rich green pigment found in plants) has some major health benefits, including helping to cleanse the blood and fight infection internally. Naturally, skin-care brands are beginning to harness the powers of chlorophyll for the skin. Applied, topically this innovative active works as a powerful antioxidant helping to regenerate the skin and protect it against free radical damage.
$69 at Sephora
Sircuit Skin Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask
This multifunctional mask combines the acne-fighting powers of sulfur with broccoli—a nourishing superfood that helps fight inflammation in both the body and the skin.
$75 at Amazon
Seer Secrets Wheatgrass, Spirulina & Moringa Green Repair Mask
A shot of wheatgrass has long been a juice bar and health-foods store staple for a quick nutrient boost, while spirulina and moringa are green superfoods linked to fighting inflammation and repairing cells.
$16.99 at Amazon
Avocado and Kale Nourishing Superfood Mud Mask
This mud mask detoxifies congested pores without overdrying the skin thanks to hydrating avocado and dullness-blasting vitamin C from the kale.
$8 at ULTA
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