Detoxification is a process that your body naturally does on its own, to rid itself of accumulated toxins, as well as other unwanted substances. Detoxing is something that has been in the spotlight quite a bit lately, with everything from detox juices to detox skin care products making their way on to store shelves around the world.
Are you skeptical about whether these actually work?
With so many people criticizing the whole concept of detoxing, this is hardly surprising…
Ready to find out the truth?
Does the Body Really Need Help with the Detoxification Process?
Many experts state that the body was designed to carry out the detoxification process itself, and since it does this naturally, there is nothing that we can do to help it along.
However, the modern day lifestyle is not a healthy one, and the body now comes across more toxins than ever on a daily basis. This makes it so easy for your body’s natural detoxification systems to become overburdened.
This not only applies to your entire body, but also to your skin in particular. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and tends to act almost like a mirror for what is going on in the rest of your body.
Not only can toxins build up within your skin itself, but toxins from other parts of your body, which your body is trying to eliminate through your skin, can become blocked up in your skin too. This is why skin detoxing is so important.
However, the key to this lies with the way in which you detox…
Detox crash diets and other fads are not going to work. While you will need to turn your attention to your diet, a skin detox encompasses so many different parts of your life, and is something that you need to be doing on a continuous basis.
A Daily Skin Detox
In a way, you are already helping your skin to detox each day when you cleanse. Your skin naturally sheds toxins and other unwanted substances, but with so many pollutants and dirt particles in the air these days, clogged pores and bacterial build up become extremely common.
To enhance the cleansing process, give double cleansing a try.
Wondering what this is?
It involves using two different cleansers, beginning with an oil-based one before rinsing this off and following it up with a water-based cleanser. The reasoning behind this is that the process enables the water-based cleanser to really delve its way into your pores and clear them of any impurities.
This definitely does work for some, but make sure that you are choosing cleansers that are formulated for your skin type, otherwise you could end up over-cleansing and causing more harm than good.
Another way to encourage skin detoxification each day is by dry brushing…
This is an ancient method that consists of using a special brush, with natural bristles and a long handle, to brush the skin while it is still dry, right before you step into the shower.
What does this do?
It stimulates lymphatic flow and drainage, enhancing the way in which toxins and metabolic waste are carried out of the skin and body. In addition to this, it is also a form of exfoliation, helping to remove any dirt and toxins from the surface of your skin.
Want to give this a try?
As mentioned above, it is important to this right before you shower, as the water will then wash away all of the dead skin cells that you have loosened from the surface of your skin.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Begin at your feet, moving the brush in gentle, circular, upward strokes towards your heart
- Work your way up your body, following this same technique, making sure that you are always brushing towards your heart
- Once you reach your face, you will need to use a dry brush that has been specially designed for facial use, as your regular one will have bristles that are far too harsh for your delicate facial skin
Wondering how often you need to dry brush for maximum benefits?
While some do it every day, others do it just once a week, so it completely depends on you and your schedule. The more frequently you can dry brush your skin, the quicker you will notice the benefits.
Clay and Mud Masks
If you have already delved into the world of facial masks, then you likely already know that clay and mud masks are meant to be fantastic for helping the skin to detox.
Firstly, because they draw out impurities from the skin. This occurs when they are mixed with water, which charges up their molecules to make them attract toxins out of your skin and into the clay, in a similar way to how a magnet would work.
These masks are also formulated with natural clay and mud, both of which contain essential minerals that your skin can really benefit from.
However, you need to be aware of the fact that these masks only really draw out impurities from the top layer of your skin. This means that you should not rely on them for a deep skin detox, but can most definitely make the most of them when it comes to detoxing the surface of your skin.
Confused by the many different options available?
Here are a few key ingredients to look out for:
- Bentonite Clay – unclogs pores and removes toxins, while exfoliating and tightening the skin
- Fuller’s Earth Clay – great for absorbing oils and impurities
- Kaolin Clay – absorbent but gentle, making it perfect for sensitive skin
- Rhassoul Clay – an ancient clay that is great for detoxing the skin while being especially high in minerals
- Rose Clay – considered to be the mildest of all clays
- Charcoal – often included in clay and mud masks as it helps to give the skin a deeper cleanse
- Dead Sea Mud – targets impurities while containing a special balance of minerals and salts that boost the skin
Never used a clay mask before?
They are pretty straightforward, but you can end up damaging your skin if you do not know what you are doing
There are three different stages to applying a clay mask to your face…
The first stage involves your skin absorbing all of the minerals that the clay contains. This is followed up by the second stage, in which the clay begins to dry, giving your capillaries a workout while drawing up impurities. The third stage is the one you want to avoid, as this is when the mask fully dries, resulting in it drawing out moisture from your skin.
Many people wait until the mask has fully dried before removing it, but you should really remove it during the second stage, once the drying process has just begun. You will know when it is time to remove it when it feels sticky to the touch still, but is visibly beginning to dry. Once it begins to flake off, then that is a sign that you have left it on your skin for too long.
Detox baths have been all the rage lately, because they are so easy to mix up yourself at home, and are quite effective at pulling out toxins from the skin.
However, just like with clay masks, these only really benefit the surface of your skin, and will not give your body a deep detox. Nevertheless, they are still effective in boosting skin health.
You have a few options available to you when it comes to detox baths…
The most popular is an Epsom salt bath, with a cup of the salts mixed in with warm bath water. Epsom salts are extremely rich in magnesium, which can really benefit your skin in so many ways.
Another method is to soak in a bath that has had about five or six green tea bags steeped in it, as green tea is one of the most powerful skin-boosting ingredients out there, and is a great one for those who are also seeking anti-aging benefits.
Sea salt and apple cider vinegar are two other ingredients that you can use.
Whichever method you decide to go for, make sure that you do not soak in the bath for longer than 15 to 20 minutes.
Making Changes to Your Diet to Promote Natural Detoxification
While there is no magical crash diet that will suddenly detox your skin, many of the toxins that accumulate within your body actually come from the food that you eat. In order to help your body to detox, you need to stop filling it with these toxins.
- Cereal grains – from wheat to corn to rice, these grains have evolved to produce toxins to protect themselves from the environment, and these same toxins do everything from damage gut lining to prevent the body from absorbing vital nutrients
- Industrial seed oils – these include corn oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil, which have not been a part of the human diet until very recently. These oils do not contain the right balance of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, resulting in an increase in all inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer
- Sugar – sugar destroys the body in so many ways, feeding cancer cells, causing gastrointestinal problems, contributing to obesity, and more
- Soy – unlike traditional Asian soy products, most of the soy products eaten today are unfermented and highly processed, resulting in everything from a reduction in mineral absorption to a disruption in endocrine function, causing infertility and breast cancer
Do not forget about all of the chemicals and preservatives that are also included in processed foods, all of which do not bring any benefits whatsoever to your body.
Of course, let’s not over-react here…
Eating these foods in moderation is not going to turn your body into a toxic waste dump. However, the modern day diet tends to be largely made up of these foods, and this is where the problems begin.
So, what should you be eating to promote skin detoxification?
Foods that are rich in alkaline minerals, such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, are great for helping your skin with its natural processes. These include:
Healthy fats are also essential, and these can be obtained from food sources such as oily fish, walnuts and avocados.
The Water Detox
In addition to making changes to your diet, you should also try to increase your consumption of water when making an effort to detox your skin.
Because water is what your body uses to flush so many toxins out of your skin, and, often, this is the only thing that you need to do when it comes to helping your body with the detoxification process. Adding a few slices of fruit, such as lemon or cucumber, to your water will give it some added benefits, thanks to the antioxidants that fruit contains.
Wondering about whether store-bought detox waters actually work?
They do, but this is largely just due to the water itself, rather than the other ingredients that have been included in the bottle. It is just as easy, and beneficial, to make your own versions at home.
The key to a successful detox is ensuring that you put together a detoxification routine that you know you can stick to. Your lifestyle plays a huge role in the amount of toxins that end up in your body, so making positive changes to your lifestyle can have a huge impact. There is no quick method to detoxing your skin, and, instead, it is a long and continuous process that you need to be committed to if you want to experience results.