By KENS apothecary
Haven’t you heard? “Detox” has been one of the trendiest words of recent years. We have many diet detox with juice cleanses, meal plans and even detox exercises after extra indulgence vacations or just one too many late nights. What about detox tea to get rid of excess bloating before a big event? I’m sure you have tried at least one of those things mentioned.
What about your skin? They need a good detox cleanse as much as your digestive system.
The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s constantly in contact with the elements. Pollutants and dirt from the environment can clog your pores, and toxins from your diet can cause your complexion to suffer. Starting a daily or seasonal detoxification routine can brighten skin and reduce acne and redness.
There’s no deny there are days when your skin can be extra dull or breaking out, especially after long vacations – late night sleeps, bad food, beach days, long hours of make-up.
Here are few recommended ways to de-congest your skin of toxins and pollutants:
Start With The Facial
A proper facial can clean out your pores more thoroughly than a normal skincare routine can. Treating yourself to a facial (complete with a face massage!) might be the most relaxing thing you’ve splurged on for yourself in a long time, meaning an amazing de-stressor while your pores get cleaned. Start off your detox the cleanest way possible with a facial at your preference of dermatologist or spa, or learn how to do your own spa-level facial at home (don’t forget the face massage!). We recommend to go for facial at least once a month.
Apply a detoxifying clay mask 1 – 2 times per week.
The negative charge of natural clays, especially montmorillonite clay, helps to detoxify the skin by attracting the positive charge of the impurities and pulling them to the surface of your skin. You can apply the clay mask to your face only or all over your body, letting it dry for about 15 minutes before washing it off with a warm wash cloth.
Apply Serum Every Day!
Serums should be used twice daily in the morning and at night, as they not only hydrate, but also allow whatever ingredients you put on top of them to sink deeper into your skin, allowing better results. Morning routines should follow serums with moisturizer and sunscreen (as well as any other preferred products for your skin type), and night routines should be followed by a night moisturizer, cream, or mask (also depending on skin type). Add in a facial oil to your routine at least twice that week for best results (even if you have oily skin — bacteria doesn’t grow in the right facial oils and does not clog pores). If your skin is dry, dull, or sensitive, add in some hydrating/cooling sheet masks as well.
Drink Lots of Water
The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily water intake to around 91 ounces (this number varies depending on your gender, weight, etc.). While this is the daily recommendation to eliminate toxins from your body and stay hydrated, very few people actually get this much, and on top of that, they’re drinking dehydrating liquids like coffee, sugary juices, and alcohol. I am by no means a fan of cutting out any of these crucial categories from my life. But if your skin is asking for help, maybe a break from these liquids will do it good. At least for your detox days, while your skin is being cleaned from the inside out, swap your morning cup (or three) of coffee for hydrating and skin-clearing green tea. Avoid alcohol, sugary juices, and all other liquids except water/tea and try your best to get your daily recommendation.
Practice A Good Diet
Yes, even in a skin detox you may have to especially careful with what you eat. You need to know that fried chicken or pasta carbonara every day won’t help your skin to get any better, not to forget they spike up your insulin level as well. For a total skin rejuvenation, it’s important to adapt your diet to your skin cleansing goals. Stay off dairy products, fried foods, and added sugar, which are all pore-clogging and skin-dulling, for the duration of your detox. Instead, opt for lots of alkaline-rich fruits and veggies like pears, broccoli, kale, watermelon, and bananas. Alkaline minerals (like calcium, magnesium, and potassium) keep skin strong (and hair, bones, and teeth, just for added bonus points). Glow from the inside out with healthy fats like avocados and walnuts.
The key to any detox is implementing what you enjoyed from it into your everyday life, to continue to see results after the detox is over. You may not be able to promise your skin that you’ll always say no to greasy pizza or spicy margaritas, or that you’ll keep up with facials and daily steams, but you can put more care and effort into your daily skincare and add foods into your diet that you feel make a difference. With minor changes like that, your skin won’t need a detox very often!