How to Detox Your Skin

By Finlay Ferdinand -
How To Detox Your Skin

A detox, especially when involving health and weight loss, has become a fad over the years - but why do people neglect their skin?

If you don’t regularly care for your skin and have never tried a detox, then this could be the catalyst for breakouts, acne, skin discolouration, enlarged pores or oil-prone skin.

That’s why we’ve devised some ways you can detox to remove impurities, toxins, pollutants and dead skin cells, and get the revitalised skin you’ve always dreamed of.

Follow the steps below to rejuvenate lacklustre skin and change the way your face looks and feels.

Double cleanse

First, use an oil-based cleanser to gently remove any makeup. Then follow with a gel-based or foam cleanser to get rid of any impurities from your skin.

Scrub

This step won’t be necessary every day, but using a scrub 1-3 times a week will make all the difference. There are many benefits of exfoliating scrubs, like improving your circulation, cleansing impurities and removing dead skin cells to leave visibly cleaner skin.

Toner

Use a toner to remove any excess oil or impurities leftover on your face and balance your skin’s pH levels. However, it’s wise to steer clear of alcohol toners as these will dry out your skin, which definitely won’t do you any favours. This is a vital step, even in typical skincare routines, to make sure your skin is left feeling renewed.

Steam

Steaming your face is an amazing part of a detox. A steam session will open up your pores and make them more receptive to treatments and nourishing ingredients. You can even add your favourite essential oil to turn this into your very own aromatherapy in the comfort of your home.

Peels

Peels can be super handy as they aim to rejuvenate skin, and you have the option of either a chemical peel or original peel-offs. But don’t worry about which to choose, as they’ll both give you a smooth and even complexion.

Clay masks

A clay mask is great for tackling specific skin concerns. If you have oily skin or skin that is prone to breakouts, then a clay mask would work wonders for you. On the other hand, if you have dry skin a moisturising mask will work wonders. A mask will allow active ingredients to soak into your skin and draw out impurities whilst hydrating and tightening skin to leave you looking youthful and bright-faced.

Serum

After cleansing and exfoliating, a serum is a magical solution that will use replenishing ingredients to give your skin maximum nourishment and improve its overall health. A serum should be used every day – and, trust me, you’ll never want to stop once you start seeing the results.

Moisturise

Using the right moisturiser will give your face the hydration it needs to look plumper and lock in moisture. Depending on your skin type, you have to choose the right moisturiser for you: for oil-prone skin an oil-free moisturiser is best, but for dryer skin types oil-based moisturisers will work wonders.

Water

This will be your best friend during a skin detox. Drinking water and only water will create a major difference in the appearance of your skin. It is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration and combat negative impacts on your skin. For extra detoxing, try lemon infused water which is known to speed up your metabolism and promote a healthy digestion.

Tea

No, not your usual English Breakfast tea, but natural teas like green, nettle, ginger and dandelion. They will not only contribute to your water intake, but are also great for the health of your body and skin.

Diet

Your diet is a major factor in a skin detox. Do you ever wonder why your skin has more breakouts when you constantly eat processed or fast food? Well, the answer is simple - these foods are no good for your skin. By cutting down on sugar, fast food, dairy products and animal fats, and instead opting for organic meat and poultry that is not treated with hormones, your skin look and feel amazing.

Snacks

Ditch the chocolate bars and crisps for some healthy snacks like nuts and seeds, or munch on alkaline-rich fruits and vegetables like broccoli, apples, bananas and spinach.

Exercise

By exercising, you’re not only promoting a healthy heart, but the sweating will also cleanse impurities from your body. So why not do your favourite exercise at least five times a week, or go for a sauna session to help in your detox process?

Remember, cleansing and treating your skin can only do so much in a detox, so don't neglect the roles that diet and water play. These are crucial steps in your detox - and they’re not as difficult as you may think once you get into the swing of things.

Try detoxing and get luminous and healthy skin just in time for summer.

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