Unless you live high in the Himalayan Mountains, you most likely encounter some sort of pollution every day. Pollution is one of the main sources of damage to the skin. Free radicals interfere with the skin’s ability to produce collagen, which keeps it firm and healthy.

When contaminants come into contact with your skin, they can interfere with the skin’s ability to regulate moisture, leaving the skin dry, splotchy, wrinkled, and clogged.

Think about the dirty film that builds up on your car between washes. That same film is building up on your skin—you just don’t see it.

This DIY detoxifying chocolate mask gives life back to dull, tired skin in an instant. It delivers revitalizing oxygen as it smoothes and brightens your complexion with a boost of Vitamins and minerals.

1. Cocoa powder

Cocoa powder delivers tons of anti-aging antioxidants. It contains flavonoids that help the skin retain moisture, an essential ingredient for glowing skin, as well as copper, iron and magnesium. Look for dark chocolate with a 70% or higher cocoa content to get the most flavonoids

2. bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is made of volcanic ash and can be extremely effective in pulling out toxins and impurities from the skin.On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.

3. Argan oil – The popularity of Argan Oil has exploded since the many amazing health benefits offered by this ‘miracle oil’ have been made public. It helps to keep wrinkles at bay, and to treat acne. It increases the hydration of your skin resulting in a more youthful and healthy appearance.

For more recipes with Argan oil, click here.

4. Vegetable Glycerine – As a humectant, glycerine works to moisturise the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin’s outer layer. For more recipes with Glycerine, click here.

First, pour 2 spoons each of cocoa powder and bentonite clay into a small bowl. Add 2-3 spoons of vegetable glycerine.

Next, add in 2 spoons of Argan Oil. Stir the mixture to combine thoroughly. Pour the completed mask into a clean and dry cosmetic jar with an airtight seal.

When you’re ready to use, simply apply the mask to your face using clean fingertips. Make sure you remove all makeup and wash your face thoroughly before applying the mask.

This helps to unclog pores and allows the masks to penetrate deep into your skin. Leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes, and wash clean with warm water. With repeated use, you will being to enjoy clean, clear, and beautiful skin that you can be proud of.