How Do I Detox My Skin
Have you been neglecting your skin recently and are you looking for a detox for your skin.
Maybe you have been left with skin looking blotchy, spotty or just downright dull. Then a skin detox might be just what you need to get your skin back to a healthy glow! Follow our simple hints and tips on how to detox your skin. It’s not unusual that you may experience symptoms such as breakouts, increased redness, puffiness, dark circles and eye bags, or flare-ups of Eczema, Rosacea and Psoriasis.
“Detox” has been one of the trendiest buzzwords of recent years. You might’ve tried a matter of diet detoxes with juice cleanses and meal plans after extra indulgent vacays. Or maybe you drank detox tea to get rid of excess bloat before a big event (where you’ll potentially be in a tight dress). But what about a detox for the biggest organ in your body? Yes, your skin is the largest organ within your body.
No matter what you think , there are days when your skin could use a detox. Some days our skin is extra dull or breaking out, especially after long vacations, and we know it’s because we slept in our makeup, ate too much bad food, neglected our skin after beach days, or, god forbid, all of the above. Even with the recent ‘stay at home’ campaign we are all neglecting our bodies and over indulging. If any other part of your body isn’t functioning properly, from your gut (too much junk food) to your brain (too much stress), it can show up on your skin because your pores get clogged up when trying to compensate for the other incorrectly functioning systems in your body.
A facial detox means dedicating at least one week to removing all impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells possible to renew and revitalise your skin back to how it normally looks. Now what better time todo a skin detox then now?
Start With The Facial
What better place to start then a good facial! A good facial can clean out your pores more thoroughly than a normal skincare routine can. Treating yourself to a facial can 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 natural at home skin peel or detoxing face mask. We love the Sukin skincare brand as it has no chemicals, is not tested on animals and is enriched with many detoxing properties.
Formulas with clay or mud draw out the most impurities in the top layers of the skin. Dilute any mask with warm water and leave it on only until it soft, not totally dried. We have it programmed into our brains to leave on masks until they’re cracking and our faces can’t move (we’ve all felt the pain when you need to laugh or yawn with a dried mud mask on). But this tactic actually dries out our skin and strips it of essential oils that are key in keeping the skin hydrated and clean. Apply the mask every other day for the duration of your detox.
Cleanse Twice A Day
Cleansing should be a daily habit, of course, but no matter your typical skincare routine, a skin detox requires cleansing morning and night. Be mindful of your skin type when choosing which cleansers to use. It’s important to note that you do not have to, and maybe should not, use the same cleanser for both times every day. If you have drier skin, an oil cleanser in the morning and foam cleanser at night will be cleansing, gentle, and hydrating. If you have oilier, more acne-prone skin, a water-based gel in the morning and at night would be beneficial to get out all of the build-up.
Hydrate & Protect Your Skin
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. Serums such as retinol and hyaluronic acid have been proven to have anti-ageing benefits.
Morning routines should follow serums with moisturiser and sunscreen (SPF of 30+), and night routines should be followed by a night moisturiser and/or nighttime mask. Add in a facial oil to your routine at least twice that week for best results. If your skin is dry, dull, or sensitive, add in some hydrating/cooling sheet masks as well.
Drink Lots of Water
Your body is almost 70% water and nearly every function in your body requires water to do its thing. This includes how your skin functions. You lose water every day just by walking, talking, perspiring and going to the loo, so it is important to replace this lost fluid. Being chronically dehydrated can lead to headaches, constipation and cognitive impairment which could include lack of concentration and low energy. Aim to drink 2 – 3 litres of water every day. If you have had a heavy session the night before, we recommend drinking coconut water which is excellent for hydration and helps to restore your electrolytes.
Detox Through Diet
Yes, even in a skin detox you may have to be careful with what you eat. If you’re like me and love your mac n’ cheese and milkshakes, it’s a tough reality to face that these are not helping how your skin looks. 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.
What Else You Can Do For Better Skin
- Vegetables that grow above the ground (spinach, kale, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower etc)
- Meat & Poultry, plenty of red meat and fattier cuts of meat such as ribeye steaks and chicken thighs
- Fish, focusing on mostly oily fish as well as white fish and shellfish
- Offal, this is the most nutrient-dense, natural food on the planet
- Healthy fats (oily fish, animal fats, avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil)
- Drink 2.5 litres of water every day
- Green tea, Rooibos tea, Matcha tea and other herbal teas
- Sleep 8 – 9 hours per night
What To Reduce
- Foods and drinks which are high in carbohydrates and sugars
- Food and drinks containing dairy
- Processed foods
- Cooking oils (canola, rapeseed, sunflower oil, vegetable oils etc)
- Fast foods and takeaways
- Too much caffeine
Professional Skin Treatments
If you feel your skin detox needs extra oomph, then professional treatments can speed up your skin’s recovery. Whether it’s a healing treatment such as a facial, or a more intense treatment such as a skin peel or 4D HIFU, professional treatments can work wonders on your skin to encourage cellular turnover and repair. Enhancing your own skin detox programme and speeding up your results. Helping you get your glow back as soon as possible.