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After a month of excess, it can feel nice to clean up. January is a great time to look after yourself, and beauty products can be instrumental in that process. Chilling out at home, enjoying some skincare, and undoing all the damage the holiday season inflicted is what these long, cold, dark evenings were made for. Here are our favourite detoxing January beauty products.

Cleaning your face should be a year-round thing, but if being able to melt off makeup and grime in seconds is pretty magical, and they offer a luxurious, moisturizing feel, too. The Votary Clarifying Cleansing Oil is a current favourite, as it manages to both remove makeup and treat blemishes, without ever leaving the skin feeling overly dry and stripped.

I’m also highly partial to the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. If you feel you need exfoliation, but don’t want to inflict a full peel on your winter face, this is ideal. Leave it on for a couple of minutes, then buff off with a damp washcloth for a beautifully glowy complexion.

If you’re struggling with post-Christmas acne, though the Caudalie Vinopure Cleanser and the Tula Keep It Clean Acne Foam Cleanser are both incredible. The former is gentler, and better for drier skin types, while the latter is a perfect emergency treatment for breakouts that just seem out of control. Having either in your roster can be a real godsend in times of bad skin behaviour.

A good treatment toner can really help boost your detox regimen. For sensitive, red, breaking-out skin, the Caudalie Vinopure Toner is both soothing and cleansing. The Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Glow is perfect for skin that’s feeling duller, congested or uneven. And for the unabashedly oily amongst us, the Clinique Clarifying Lotion is incredible. They work as astringents, temporarily tightening up pores, and help keep clogs at bay.

Another great product from the Caudalie Vinopure line is the Serum. Many acne treatments can feel harsh and stripping, plus interfere with makeup and other skincare products. This is like a chic, grown-up acne treatment. It gently but effectively helps prevent breakouts, while smelling delightful and feeling like a joy to use.

I’ve also recently been partial to an acne treating facial oil. The Sunday Riley UFO contains 1.5% salicylic acid, which helps unclog and minimize pores and gives skin a glow. For particular areas of congestion (and particularly effective on deeper, more painful spots) is the Votary Blemish Rescue Oil. Simply pat a drop of this over areas of concern and you’ll notice breakouts are minimized – but the skin isn’t dried out at all!

If you have one particular zit that’s making your life a misery, though, I’m a slave to benzoyl peroxide. Sure, it’s harsh and drying, but it gets the job done. The Tula Go Away Acne Spot Treatment is a surprisingly elegant formula, though. It contains tea tree oil, which gives it a pleasant, medicinal scent, and absorbs totally into the skin, making it an ideal invisible treatment. Re-apply a few times a day to speed up a spot’s lifespan.

Shop 13 editor picks to detox your skin and rid it of any blemishes in the quickest and most gently way

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