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How to Nail Your Skin Detox
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.
1. 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.
Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil
This makeup removing cleansing oil is one of our favourites for both removing makeup and giving the skin a nice, supple and clean feeling. The gentle formulation is fine to use around the eye area, so you can easily remove eye makeup and with magic ingredient, grapeseed oil, it also helps to protect against toxic damage of city living.
Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
A great foaming cleanser to follow up with is this cleanser from Clinique. With camomile extracts, it helps to comfort and sooth the skin and is specially formulated to remove the most stubborn of makeup.
This step won’t be necessary every day, but using an exfoliator 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 as well as chemical exfoliators, which are more suitable for all skin types.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Using a chemical exfoliator such as The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a great way to banish any dead skin cells that are lingering on the skin, leaving it looking and feeling dull. Because it's a chemical exfoliator rather than a physical scrub, it's gentler on the skin. This formulation is one of the stronger ones on the market, so if you have sensitive skin or are just getting used to using chemical exfoliation, we recommend a gentler formulation such as Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant, which is specifically designed so that even sensitive skin types can use it.
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 skin care routines, to make sure your skin is left feeling renewed.
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
This alcohol and paraben free toner is perfect for hydrating and balancing the pH of your skin. Because it's so moisturising you can use it as part of your morning and nighttime routine, as well as using throughout the day, whenever you feel your skin needs a pick-me-up!
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.
AromaWorks Soulful Essential Oil
One of our favourite essential oils to use in our nighttime routine is the AromaWorks Soulful Essential Oil. Its warm blend of Juniper Berry, Patchouli and Frankincense is great for winding down at the end of a hard day. An alternative for the morning is the AromaWorks Inspire Essential Oil for it's invigorating citrus scent, however choosing a scent is a personal choice so have fun and experiment!
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.
6. 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.
PIXI Glow Mud Mask
This mud mask from PIXI is enriched with koalin which helps to purify the skin and draw out impurities. However, it's not a harsh formulation as Ginseng and Aloe Vera help to revitalise your complexion and give it a good energy boost!
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.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
When it comes to face serum, an absolute classic is the Advanced Night Repair Recovery Serum. Loved by many, this serum is suitable for all skin types, restores dull skin and addresses all key signs of ageing.
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.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturiser
Sticking to your favourite moisturiser is always an option, however if your skin is looking very dull it might need an extra shot of hydration. This is where the ultra repair cream comes in. With it's rich formula, enriched with shea butter and ceramide 3, you can wave goodbye to flakes, irritation and dull skin.
Detoxing the skin isn't just down to your skin care routine or the products you use, but is also achieved by making a few changes to your lifestyle. The following tips should get your skin ship-shape in no time.
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 healthy and glowing skin just in time for summer. If you want to learn more about how to look after your skin, check out our top anti-pollution skin care tips.