Every day our body and skin battle with environmental pollutants and toxins, as well as with many other factors, including food and lifestyle, that affect the way our skin looks and our overall health.
Our skin is one of the major organs involved in eliminating wastes and impurities from our body. A skin detox helps the skin to get rid of the body’s waste products, which in turn helps your skin to look and feel better.
Some signs, such as dull skin, oily skin, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and dry skin, may indicate that you need a skin detox. Starting a daily or seasonal detoxification routine can brighten skin and reduce redness or acne.
Here you will find some tips for detoxing your skin and get that complexion glowing and ready for summer.
Drink more water
Remember, any change to improve the appearance of the skin starts from the inside and from the way we care for our body. Drinking water is an important step in detoxing our body. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day, and try adding some lemon, which promotes healthy digestion. (Learn 4 Ways to Start Consuming More Water )
Several kinds of tea, including ginger, sarsaparrilla and green tea are known for their support of skin and body health. Try drinking at least two cups a day for minimally a week.
Eat a lot of antioxidant-containing foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and avoid the so-called “congesting” foods, such as dairy products, fast foods and sugar, which can affect the way your skin looks and may promote breakouts in acne-prone skin.
Eating refined sugar causes the production of harmful molecules called advance glycation end products, which are the result of sugar attaching to proteins or lipids in the bloodstream; these molecules may damage proteins of the skin such as collagen and elastin, which are important to keep the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
Eat organic and hormone-free protein, such as grain-feed beef or poultry and organic dairy products.
Eat healthy fats such as omega 3, available in salmon, which improves skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles.
Exercising and sweating helps to cleanse impurities from your body, besides promoting overall good health. Try a Bikram or hot yoga session for that extra sweat.
A daily brushing of your body with a natural bristled brush (before the shower, while your skin is still dry) helps improve circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system to release toxins. It also removes dead cells, encourages skin cell renewal, and increases skin tightness.
Dry brush first thing in the morning before you take a shower, in a gentle, circular motion, and start from the feet, working your way up. After you are done with brushing, rub your skin with an oil such as sesame oil or coconut oil for 5 minutes before showering.
Clean daily with a detoxifying cleanser.
Only use neutral, chemical-free cleansers with a balanced PH.
Take a detoxifying bath 2 to 3 times per week to help clear pollutants from your skin.
Two examples of detoxifying baths are: 1) a mix of Epsom salt with cider vinegar, and 2) Epsom salt with baking soda. Soak for 30 minutes.
Use a clay mask 1 to 2 times a week for 15 minutes and wash it off with a warm washcloth.
Clay removes pore-clogging sebum and skin-drying heavy metal residue from tap water.
Use antioxidant serum daily to reverse skin damage from free radicals, beneath your sunscreen and moisturizer.
Use any formula containing vitamin C or any other antioxidant
Remember to take care of your skin as it’s your body’s largest organ!