Get Your Detox On!

Why Skin Detox

Your skin is one of the major organs involved in eliminating wastes and toxins from your body, mainly through perspiration. Sometimes, if your system is overwhelmed with toxins, your skin may develop rashes or abscesses to compensate, and try to get rid of these impurities.

A skin detox seeks to help the skin to get rid of the body’s waste products, which can, in turn, help your skin look and feel better. Particularly if you notice problems in your skin, a detox may be just the ticket.

Tips for Your Skin Detox

Depending on your skin type and condition, and how much time you want to spend, we’ve included several ideas below that will help cleanse your system and jump start cellular renewal. We’ve included some internal methods of detox as well, since your skin is only as healthy as the rest of you, and internal detoxing can only benefit your appearance. Pick and choose as you wish.


1. Mud mask:


Mud masks help pull toxins and waste materials out of your skin, banish clogged pores, and revitalize dull skin, so they’re good for purification anytime. To supersize them for a summer skin detox, slather them on a little thicker than usual, let sit for 10-15 minutes, then step into a steaming hot bath and let the steam further work the ingredients into your skin. After another 5-10 minutes, rinse off and enjoy the fresh feeling!

2. Drink more water:

A common recommendation for health, drinking water is an important step in detoxing your body, inside and out. Unfortunately, particularly in the winter, we tend to drink less, taxing our internal waste removal systems. Make a point for at least a week to drink more. For a detoxing boost, sip plain hot water every 10-15 minutes through the day for the week, and in addition, drink half your ideal weight in ounces of room temperature water each day as well. Make sure your water is pure, or it will only add more toxins. Consider using a water filter if you don’t have one. And if you want some extra detoxing power, add some lemon to the water. Lemons naturally promote healthy digestion, and help flush toxins from the body.


3. Cut out the junk:



The more you eat junk foods, the more your skin will suffer as it tries to get rid of all those excess toxins. At least for one week, stay off “congesting” foods like animal fats, dairy products, white bread, fast foods, and sugar. Eat as pure and healthy as you can, including lots of fresh berries and fruits.

4. Sip more tea:


Teas like nettle, ginger, dandelion, and sarsaparilla root are known to help calm inflammation and improve liver and kidney function, speeding up toxin removal. Drink at least two cups of these teas a day for at least one week.

5. Exfoliate:

Whenever you need to slough away dead skin cells and encourage new, younger looking cells to emerge, you need to exfoliate. Try stepping it up for a week and exfoliating a few more times than usual.


6. Go sweating:


Exercise gets your heart beating and your skin sweating, which helps to cleanse toxins from your body. Try your favorite exercise at least five times a week, and consider a heat yoga or spa session to turn up the heat.


7. Cleansing bath:


Use your bath to detox your skin by adding a cup of Epsom salts and a cup of unfiltered apple cider vinegar to your hot water. These will draw dirt and other impurities out of your pores, helping your skin to start over fresh. To make it more luxurious, add some lavender or sandalwood oil.

8. Natural acid peel:

cucumber face
Using the insides of natural papaya or cucumber skins, rub on the surface of skin to neutralize wastes. Each of these contains natural alpha hydroxy acids, which are recommended for purifying skin.

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