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Don’t let your liver have all the detox fun – your skin can reap some serious detox benefits, too.
We’ve all woken up to the horror of a fresh breakout on our face before a big event and most of us have walked past the bathroom mirror after a big night out and been less than thrilled at the state of our skin.
But how many of us have stopped to consider that our skin – just as much as our liver – might be in need of a detox, too?
Long vacations, cabin air on long-haul flights, colds and illnesses, eating too much sugar and drinking too much alcohol can all wreak havoc on our skin and sometimes, a dermal detox is just what the doctor ordered.
Here’s the thing – if any other part of your body isn’t functioning properly, including your gut from too much unhealthy, processed food or your brain from too much stress, your skin will usually be one of the first ‘red flags’ that arises in the form of dullness, sallowness, breakouts and premature aging.
Pore-clogging lifestyle factors are sometimes unavoidable, but thankfully a dermal detox can do wonders in reversing the damage.
WHAT’S A DERMAL DETOX?
The skin is the body’s largest organs and impurities are often filtered out through the skin via the body’s natural detoxification processes. A facial detox means dedicating a week of your time to removing the impurities, toxins and dead skin cells from your skin, allowing your skin to renew and revitalise itself. With some dedication, your skin can look better than ever.
WHY DO POLLUTANTS NEED TO BE REMOVED FROM THE SKIN?
When your complexion becomes overloaded with toxins such as phthalates and chlorine, your skin starts to look dull and tired and starts to experience premature aging. Depending on the lifestyle factors that are congesting your skin, when skin starts to become congested, the lymphatic circulation often slows down at the same time. The lymphatic system helps rid the body of water retention, inflammation and infection and when this crucial system slows down, so does cell turnover. This means that your skin is clogged, and not easily able to renew itself. This is where a dermal detox comes in handy to help kick-start healthy cell renewal again to give you serious glow.
STEP 1: PREP | A good facial can clear out your pores much more thoroughly than your at-home nightly skincare routine alone. If you can, hop to your nearest medi-spa or dermatologist and book in for a clarifying, cleansing facial. If budget doesn’t allow, you can come close at home by using a great exfoliator and steaming your face, followed by using an antioxidant-packed serum followed by a rich moisturiser to seal in the nutrients that you’re re-adding to your face.
STEP 2: NOURISH | We all know that we should be drinking plenty of water anyway, but it’s especially important when you’re trying to detox your skin. And while you’re at it, you may also like to take this week as an opportunity to cut out soft drinks, sugary juices, coffee and alcohol, which are all dehydrating and can make it harder for your skin detox to work its magic. If you can’t cut them out altogether, try to at least cut your intake in half, as you will still notice a positive difference from reducing your intake.
When it comes to food, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re eating plenty of fresh, whole-foods that are packed with vital nutrients. During this week, double your dose of SUPER ELIXIR Greens to nourish all of your body’s systems from within. SUPER ELIXIR Greens also contains skin-loving nutrients including horsetail extract, silica, and vitamin A, as well as acai, pomegranate, grapeseed and rosehip powders for their high antioxidant properties that support healthy skin and combat the effects of aging including pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
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STEP 3: MAINTAIN | Cleansing twice a day is about to become your new normal. No matter your skin type, a skin detox requires cleansing your skin morning and night. Choose a cleanser that’s most appropriate for your needs, such as a redness-targeting cleanser for sensitive skin and an oil-busting cleanser for acne prone skin.
After cleansing, exposing your newly renewed dermis to steam is important to allow your active skincare ingredients to penetrate pores and bust the dirt and grime. If you don’t have a facial steamer, no problem - simply boil a pot of water, hang your head over the hot water and cover your head with a towel to keep the steam in. Sit for 10 minutes to concentrate the steam to your facial pores and extract dirt.
After steaming, it’s time to get dirty. Add a luxuriously risk mud mask to your skin and leave it to set until soft, not totally dried – this will ensure that you’re getting the restorative benefits of the mud mask without stripping your skin’s essential oils.
Next, it’s time to hydrate. Gently rub your favourite nourishing serum into your skin in circular motions. This will not only add hydration, but also allow your moisturiser to penetrate deeper into the skin to restore and rejuvenate. Add any spot treatments (such as retinol or vitamin c) to any areas that you’d like to concentrate on, then finish with a rich moisturiser to seal it all in. This step is best completed in the evening, as your skin focuses on cell renewal whilst you sleep.
Run through all of these steps every day across the week of your dermal detox for best results.