Skin Detox: 5 Tips to Detox Your Way to Healthier Skin
Learn 5 easy ways to achieve better skin by detoxing your system
We hear a lot about detoxes these days and one of the major questions a lot of people ask is “How can I detox my skin?” The answer is actually quite simple. From a medical standpoint, you can’t technically detox your actual skin. However, you can take steps, both inwardly and outwardly, that will improve the detoxification process of other organs that will have a direct impact on your skin.
How does skin absorb toxins?
From the moment we wake up and as we prepare for our day, shower, brush our teeth, eat breakfast, etc. we are confronted with multiple products containing chemicals. We’re cleansing with body washes and soaps, slathering on lotions and creams and even applying cosmetics.
Our skin is the largest and most permeable organ in our body. Made up of 3 layers, the dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous fat, our skin can absorb chemicals if the particles are small enough. So, how do you detox your way to healthier skin? We’ve got 5 necessary steps you can follow to purify your system which will lead to naturally glowing and overall healthier skin.
#5. Sanitize your cell phone
Our cellphones are covered with bacteria that can cause unwanted breakouts and irritation. Make sure you sanitize your screen daily to prevent blemishes and the dark spots or scars they can leave behind.
#4. Use a detox mask
Detox masks are great for pulling impurities out of the skin, especially on the face. Using a gentle detox mask with a combination of antibacterial and soothing properties like our new Daily Essentials Daily Detox Mask can help eliminate excess sebum, dirt and bacteria that clog pores. You can use a mask on your entire face or simply spot-treat affected areas on your face and body.
#3. Develop a daily face routine
Tailoring your daily routine to your specific needs is a must. While it’s best to have a morning and evening skincare routine, the most important thing to do in terms of detoxifying is to make sure you’re keeping your skin cleansed and hydrated. Be diligent about using products that are free from things like parabens, phthalates and sulfates.
#2. Eat to detoxify your skin
You’ve heard it before, “You are what you eat.” And let’s face it, some clichés are repeated for a reason. The fact of the matter is that your daily food intake really does impact your skin’s appearance. What we eat impacts our gut health and can influence things like our hormones and our body’s response to stress all of which show up on our complexion.
The science of Ayurveda teaches us that eating whole foods like fruits and vegetables that provide us with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants give our organs the ability to flush out toxins and regulate our system leading to a stronger skin barrier that is more resistant to stress and breakouts. Some Ayurvedic staples for detoxification of the body and skin include:
- Herbs like turmeric and neem
#1. Drink lots of water
This kind of goes without saying, but it’s always the most important tip to reiterate. Not only is water necessary for keeping your skin hydrated, it’s also absolutely essential for flushing out toxins. You should drink a minimum of 8, 8oz glasses of water daily.