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This 3-Ingredient Peppermint Face Mask Will Clear Your Skin and Boost Your Mood

Skin in need of a detox after overindulging during the holidays? Look no further than this super-simple peppermint detox mask that will help clear up acne while offering a few other surprising benefits.

Here's how to make it: Start with your base, or carrier, ingredient—in this case, coconut oil, which moisturizes and kills bacteria at the same time. Next, add a few drops of tea tree oil, which is great for acne because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects—in fact, it's one of the best natural oils for clear, healthy skin.

Then, add a few drops of peppermint oil. Like tea tree oil, it is both antibacterial and soothing. There are mental health perks of the star ingredient, too. Beyond the skin-clearing benefits, research shows that just smelling peppermint can boost your mood as well as your alertness, making it especially great during the sluggish winter months. (Related: Peppermint Beauty Products to Stock Up On This Winter)

Apply to your face with a cotton pad, leave on for a few minutes, and rinse.

Derm tip: Avoid this mask if you have sensitive skin or rosacea since the peppermint and tea tree oil can be irritating. Start here for the basics: How to Make the Best DIY Face Mask for Your Skin Type.

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