You’ve heard of detox diets and ridding your body of toxins, but did you know the same is possible for your skin? Environmental toxins and pollutants not only cause breakouts, but also bring out a dull, less vibrant looking complexion. Stressors from your environment and lifestyle can cause redness, irritations, and premature ageing, says Claire Larsen, skin category manager for LifeSpa at Life Time Fitness in the US. “Proper skincare goes beyond simply washing your face before you go to bed. Detoxing your skin can help prevent oily and itchy skin, and even age spots and wrinkles.”
1. Cut out one causing foods
Often, what you eat will show up on your face and body. Forehead breakouts are usually due to eating foods your body has trouble breaking down, like refined sugars, carbs, wheat, and dairy. Between the brow breakouts are linked to the liver, so try cutting down on alcohol and fatty foods, and adding in liver supporting herbs such as dandelion root, milk thistle seed or yellow dock root. No matter what you do, always be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
2. Identify hormone imbalances
Track the timing, location, shape, size, and sensation of your breakouts. Hormonal acne tends to flare up at predictable times and is likely located beneath the cheekbones and along the jawline. It’s also typically deep, cystic, and sensitive. Talk to your dermatologist or health care provider if you think you might have hormonal related breakouts.
3. Notice how your routine affects your skin
Are you noticing temple breakouts? It could be from the products in your hair. Make sure you’re thoroughly cleansing your face each morning and night, making sure to concentrate on your hair line. It’s also important to regularly change your sheets and pillowcases. Studies show you should wash your bedding once every week.
4. Use detoxifying products
Serums with vitamins C and E, help to neutralise free radicals before they can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin. Products with antioxidants will fight against the toxins and pollutants your skin faces every day. Additionally, a detoxing bath containing Epsom salt will help to clean out your pores.
5. Try a skin detox treatment
When your skin feels like it needs some extra TLC, head to the spa for a hydra facial. It deep cleans with vortex extractions and a mild chemical peel while also infusing lots of hydration. A lymphatic drainage can be added for a special focus on detoxification and an LED light treatment can also help with the clarity and smoothness of your skin.
6. Get your sweat on
When you get your heart beating and your skin sweating, it’s easier for your body to release toxins. Try to work up a sweat at least three days a week. You could even consider trying out a hot yoga class or heated spa session to encourage the sweat beads to fall.