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Skin Detox 101: Remove Toxins From Your Skin Effectively
Skin detox is a complex and underestimated process. But, it’s often a crucial part of your skin care ritual. Make skin detoxification a part of your skin care routine to achieve the greatest glow naturally.
What Is Skin Detox?
Your lifestyle, diet, and everyday activities are the main causes of harmful elements building up in your body and your skin. Detoxing, in the simplest of terms, means that you’re removing those toxins from your body.
People often use the word “detox” to describe fad diets and trends. However, skin detox is more than that. It’s a necessary step to maintain the hygiene, pH balance, and overall health of your skin. Even if you have a regular skin care routine, it’s worth evaluating what else you could do to help your skin really glow.
There are three major elements to skin detox:
- Cleansing your skin of dirt, pollution, dead skin cells, and harmful bacteria from the outside
- Paying attention to the nutrition and chemicals you put inside your body
- Protecting your skin from harmful outside elements before they do damage
Why Is Skin Detox Good for You?
The skin is the largest organ in your body. While detoxification is the primary responsibility of your kidneys, liver, and lungs, your skin helps too. Although, that’s not its only role. It also plays a significant role in regulating your body temperature, sensation, and vitamin D production.
One of the skin’s natural ways to remove toxins comes in the form of acne. Pimples develop when pores and hair follicles get clogged and inflamed.
The harmful elements of your environment and lifestyle can cause more than just pimples. They can also cause uneven skin tone, oiliness, dryness, and wrinkles. To treat and prevent these, you need to follow the steps of a thorough skin detox.
8 Steps to Detoxing Your Skin
Your lifestyle and diet determine how much your skin needs to detox. Each of these steps will help remove harmful toxins from your skin. How long you need to perform each one depends on your individual needs.
1. Clean Your Skin Regularly
Every skin care ritual needs appropriate cleansing. Splashing your face with water won’t remove the dirt and bacteria. You need a cleanser or a mask with alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) for optimal exfoliation.
You should cleanse every day to get the best results. This is the easiest step in detoxing your skin. Plus, it’s really effective for detoxifying and unclogging pores. That’s why it needs to be a regular part of your daily skin care ritual.
2. Exfoliate Gently
Even cleansing doesn’t remove every dead skin cell. You can physically exfoliate your skin to reveal its glow instantly. However, you need to be careful in how you do this.
There are plenty of products with natural scrubs and beads to exfoliate your skin. But, it’s easy to overdo it. If you’re not careful, you can cause irritation, scaling, and unnecessary stress to your skin. You can even cause microabrasions that lead to permanent scarring and damage.
In general, if your skin feels very tight or looks red after exfoliation, it means that you need to dial it down. Treat your skin gently and use exfoliating skin care products that do more good than harm. Consider adding muslin cloths to your cleansing ritual for daily, gentle exfoliation.
However, scrubbing isn’t the only way you can exfoliate in skin detox. Chemical exfoliation is just as effective, and it’s also gentler on your skin. Using a glypeel mask in your weekend skin care ritual is the perfect way to balance your skin detox.
Consider pausing or slowing down your retinoid treatment if you plan on exfoliating regularly. Since products including retinoids can cause natural exfoliation, having both in your skin care routine could be too much.
2. Hydrate With Smart Ingredients
While exfoliation helps detox from dead skin cells, it’s also important to hydrate your skin. However, the type of moisturizer you use to balance the exfoliation matters a lot.
Look for a good moisturizer with natural water-retaining ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, squalene, glycerin, lipids, and fatty acids.
Don’t wait to hydrate your skin. It’s easier to prevent dry skin patches than to treat them. If you do have dry or ashy skin, it’s crucial to start using the right moisturizer. But, be patient. It takes at least 2-3 weeks of consistent application to feel and see a noticeable improvement.
3. Choose Your Skin Care Products Well
If you have sensitive skin, you should be aware that harmful elements can come from your skin care products as well. To make your skin detox successful, reduce or eliminate skin care with scents or fragrances. These irritants can dry out the skin and lead to breakouts.
If you’re unsure about how your skin will react to a new product, do a DIY patch test before using it on your entire face. Put a little bit of the product on your arm or behind your ear, and monitor your reaction to it for at least 24 hours. If you experience itchiness and irritation, don’t use that product anymore.
4. Eat Healthy Foods
This is perhaps the most important step in skin detox. However, it’s also one of the hardest to keep doing regularly. The nutrition and chemicals you introduce to your body directly affect your skin.
Refined sugars, carbohydrates, and dairy products are some of the worst foods for your skin. They can cause inflammation. Avoiding these can help clear up your complexion and detox your skin from the inside.
On the other hand, eating certain foods can have a positive effect on your skin’s health. Eating plenty of leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables doesn’t just make your skin better. They also increase your overall health.
Apart from eating, be mindful of your drinking habits too. Coffee and alcohol aren’t good for your skin, whereas water certainly is. That’s why you should drink plenty of it to help your body detox your skin naturally.
5. Use Sunscreen
Skin detox isn’t just a reaction to the harmful elements in and around you, it’s also prevention against damaging free radicals. UV rays are proven to cause various levels of damage to your skin. Exposure like that can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, leathery skin, and even cancer.
Sunscreen is your best bet at beating the harmful UV rays. Make sure you apply sunscreen regularly, especially if you’re going outside. Even if your makeup has built-in SPF, wear sunscreen underneath it to achieve true sunscreen potential. We recommend daily application of a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
6. Remove Makeup Immediately
Your skin goes through a recovery process overnight. That’s why it’s important to go to bed with a clean face for skin detox.
At night our pores are open. Leaving makeup on covers them, and hinders the natural detoxification. Remember: no matter how tired you are from parties or work, always try to remove your makeup!
Certain products are designed to help restore your skin overnight by taking advantage of your skin’s natural circadian rhythms. So, make sure you take your makeup off for successful skin detox.
7. Get Plenty of Beauty Sleep
There’s a reason we call plenty of rest “beauty sleep”. On average, 7-9 hours of quality sleep can have profound benefits on your overall health and skin.
Your skin produces collagen overnight, which reduces wrinkle development. And you can say goodbye to the bags under your eyes as well.
There are so many amazing health benefits of sleeping. Good quality sleep gives you more productivity, enhances your metabolism, and improves your mental health.
8. Give Up Smoking
Smoking is one of the worst habits you can have for your health. Apart from damaging your oral health and lungs, the harmful chemicals from smoking also attack your skin.
Smoking can cause wrinkles, sagging skin, pigmentation, and contribute to the formation of skin cancer. Putting the cigarettes down for good should be your first step in skin detox if you’re a regular smoker.
Skin Detox Myths and Facts
Detoxing your skin is crucial to maintain a healthy complexion. But, there’s plenty of misleading facts about skin detox out there. Here are three common misconceptions, so you can truly detox your skin well while avoiding pitfalls.
1. You Can’t Sweat Out Toxins From Your Skin
Unfortunately, sweating alone won’t detox your skin. Sweat is mostly water, so trying to “sweat it out” simply dehydrates you. And that can actually negatively impact your skin.
While it’s true that sweat also gets rid of some harmful chemicals such as urea, the amount of this is so small, it’s not enough to truly detoxify your skin.
That being said, regular exercise is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. And a healthy life means clearer skin. Just don’t forget to shower immediately after working out to avoid body acne.
2. Skin Detox Is a Quick Process
There’s no magic cure to quickly detox your skin from one day to the next. Skin detox is an ongoing process, and it needs to be part of your regular routine. Removing harmful chemicals every so often and being consistent with your skin care ritual can lead to improved looks long term.
3. Juicing and Fad Diets Help Your Skin Detox
When most people hear the word “detox”, they think of a juicing diet. Although fruits and vegetables help your complexion, no diet trend truly helps your skin detox. If you feel like your skin is glowing thanks to a new lifestyle or recipe, you probably cut out a part of your diet that caused irritation previously.
Get the Best Results from Skin Detox With a Dermatologist
Skin detox is crucial. And doing these steps right can give you the clear skin and glowing complexion you’re looking for. For some people, simple skin detox may not be enough. This is when seeking professional consultation with a board-certified dermatologist becomes important.
At BIALife, you can find personalized skin care products and tips. We recommend treatments and detox guidance that truly match your skin’s quality. Trust our experienced dermatologists to create your unique skin care ritual.
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With love, Janelle & Shasa