You know about detox diets, whose function is to help the body remove waste and impurities for improved digestion and more energy. But a skin detox? Is it possible to revitalize your skin after a long, harsh winter?
Yes, you can! Today we're sharing our top tips for your summer skin detox.
Why should you skin detox?
Your skin is one of the main organs used to eliminate wastes and impurities from the body, mainly through perspiration (sweat). When your system is overwhelmed, your skin may develop problems to compensate and try to get rid of these contaminants.
A skin detox will help the skin get rid of the body's waste products. This, in turn, helps your skin look and feel better. How can you tell if you need a skin detox? Look out for:
• Dull skin
• Uneven skin tone
• Overly oily skin
• Dry or sensitive skin
• Wrinkles and sagging skin
Tips for your skin detox
Before you apply any remedy, consider your skin type and condition, and how much time you have. We've also included some internal methods of detox to help you gain healthy skin from the inside.
DRINK MORE WATER
Yes, yes. This point again. You've heard it countless times. Hydrate for healthy skin. Unfortunately, we usually drink less water in the winter, overworking our internal waste removal systems.
To remedy this, sip hot water every 10-15 minutes throughout the day for a week. Also, drink half your ideal weight in ounces of room temperature water daily. Make sure your water is pure. For extra detoxing power, add some lemon and enjoy better digestion.
SUPER MUD MASK
Mud masks help revitalize the look of dull skin, unclog clogged pores, and pull impurities and waste materials out of your skin.
Pump up your mask in readiness for summer. Apply them in thicker layers, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then step into a steaming hot bath. Allow the steam to work the ingredients further into your skin. Rinse off after 5-10 minutes, and enjoy revived skin.
Junk food makes our skin suffer. Try to avoid processed food for at least one week. White bread, animal fats, dairy products, fast foods, and sugar- cut them out of your diet. Or at least reduce your intake.
Some types of tea, such as dandelion, nettle, ginger, and sarsaparilla root, contribute to a healthy body and skin. Drink at least two cups each day of any of these teas for one week and watch your skin take on a glow.
How about a citrus face steam for a deep cleansing facial? Pour hot water into a bowl then add some drops of citrus essential oil. Dip a hand towel in the water and place it over your face. Lie down and allow the steam to dilate your pores and remove the impurities. Then follow with a refreshing cleanser, such as our Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser.
Step up your exfoliation by doing it 2-4 times for a week.
NOTE: Keep in mind the level of your skin's sensitivity.
SWEAT IT OUT
Working out increases your heart rate and your skin sweats more, thus removing more impurities from your body. Do your favorite exercise at least five times a week.
This technique is the best way to exfoliate your entire body. Use a bristle brush right before your bath or shower. For about five minutes, brush your skin using circular motions. Start from your feet, and work your way up, massaging toward your heart. Follow through with your bath and enjoy refreshed skin.
Adding a cup of unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a cup of Epsom salts to your bathwater will draw dirt and other impurities out of your pores. For a luxurious feel, add some lavender or sandalwood oil.
NATURAL ACID PEEL
Rub the insides of natural papaya or cucumber skins on your skin to neutralize wastes and stimulate natural exfoliation.
The Sole Toscana Beauty Team