The Best Ways to Detox Skin
The skin is bombarded with damaging aggressors on a daily basis and in order to keep your skin at the top of its game, a skin detox is essential. There are a range of different things you can do to ensure your skin is in its strongest, healthiest condition.
What is a detox?
A detox denotes a period of time where you abstain from unhealthy substances or remove toxins from the body. A skin detox involves the same. It is a trending term used to describe a period of time where you only do good things for the skin and Marie Kondo the bad.
Usually, detoxes are short lived and involve different skincare products, various types of detoxing masks, yoga and a lot of water. And sometimes, these things actually do more harmful than good for the skin. So, knowing the right ways to ‘detox’ your skin is fundamental.
How to detox skin at home
When we think about skin detoxing, physical exfoliation is often the first thing to come to mind. However, this is incorrect. The school of thought surrounding skin detoxing is based on rebuilding strength and improving skin health. As bodily toxins cannot be expelled through the skin, the practice of skin detoxing is done on an epidermal level.
By targeting the outer layer of skin, the epidermal, the first best way to detox the skin is to prepare it, and protect it, against external aggressors.
UV rays, pollution and smoking are the main contributors to prematurely aged, damaged and dull skin. So, cutting out tobacco and wearing SPF helps create a shield defence against UV rays, pollution and promotes brighter, healthier skin.
There are three types of UV rays: A, B and C. UVA and UVB both affect the skin, whereas UVC is absorbed by the o-zone layer. UVB causes visible damage, like sunburns and pigmentation spots and over exposure can lead to skin cancer.
UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing cellular disturbances and the skin to age prematurely. Wearing SPF daily, not only protects the skin against UV rays, but also air pollution.
When detoxing your skin of pollutants, it is best to wash your face with lukewarm water and use a gentle cleanser. Cleansing helps to remove the surface-level particulate matter on the skin, which is present in the air. Particulate matter is a form of air pollutant, and made up of solid and liquid particles like soot and dust.
A daily skin cleanse, and doing it twice (double cleansing) will help remove initial residue and deeper set chemicals. First cleanse your skin with an oil cleanser and follow up with a water-based one.
Be sure not to over cleanse or dry brush when exfoliating as this can strip the skin of natural oils that help keep the skin hydrated. It is best to do this 2/3 times a week or when your skin looks noticeably greyer and congested.
Diet can also benefit the skin and body detox. As mentioned before, toxins cannot be released through the skin glands, so intense exercise is not actually necessary for a skin detox – but the right foods are.
Many people assume that sweat is a bodily toxin, but its composition is mostly water and small traces of elements like salt, potassium, magnesium, calcium and urea – and is actually healthy.
Some foods, on the other hand, can be incredibly unhealthy and have a direct result on your skin’s complexion.
Whilst the body expels toxins on its own, it can become less productive. By eating the right foods, it can enhance healthy bodily function. Too much refined sugar, carbohydrates and dairy products can all impact the digestive and circulatory systems (the lymphatic system).
These foods are linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, but can also present themselves visibly in the form of spots and a dullen appearance.
The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins and its function can be improved through healthy habits like:
- Drinking 6 – 8 glasses of water a day
- Eating healthy fats – not all fats are bad! Avocados, dark chocolate, eggs, salmon are good ones
- Eat more fruit and vegetables – antioxidants are in blueberries, green vegetables, garlic, celery, grapefruit and help fight free radicals
- Nuts and seeds – chia seeds, Brazilian nuts and flaxseeds are loaded with fibre, vitamin E and magnesium
- Citrus fruits – pop a couple of slices of lemon in your water and you’re doing two good things at once!
- Getting enough sleep – the body functions better after a good night sleep and sleep gives you a healthy, brighter appearance
There are lots of professional skin detoxification treatments out there, but they probably won’t impact the lymphatic system which is responsible for expelling toxins, regulating body fluid levels and protecting your body against foreign invaders.
There is one treatment, however, that does and it’s the HydraFacial.
A HydraFacial is the best thing for detoxifying your skin and is a kind of ‘detox facial’. It works in six steps using patented technology to deeply cleanse, remove dead skin cells, brighten and re-establish a stronger skin barrier. It also activates collagen and elastin production which leaves your skin looking younger after the first treatment!
The six steps to HydraFacial are:
- Detox – encourages drainage of the lymphatic system
- Cleanse and Exfoliate – to lift away surface level bacteria, debris and pollutants
- Brighten and Refresh – restores your natural, clean complexion with glycolic and salicylic acids
- Extract – impurities are removed using a combination of antioxidants, fruit extracts, chestnut seed and hyaluronic acid
- Hydrate and Nourish – perfect for dry skin types as a flood of essential skincare ingredients intensely hydrate and nourish the skin
- Stimulate and Rejuvenate – an LED light device artificially stimulates collagen to restore vitality
The benefits of HydraFacial:
There are many reasons why we recommend HydraFacial, mainly because of its numerous benefits in promoting better skin health. For any skin detox, it’s essential. It is possibly the only facial that effectively improves your body’s ability to expel internal toxins too.
Some of HydraFacials many benefits are:
- Its suitability for all skin types and sensitivities: especially acne-prone, sun damaged, dull and dry skin
- Uses natural ingredients, sugars and proteins that occur in the body
- Deeply cleans and rehydrates the skin
- Visible results: clients have noticed improved brightness, cleanness, skin texture, tone and overall appearance
- It can be included into your weekly skincare routine and doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils
- Promotes a stronger skin barrier
- Leaves your skin in its healthiest condition
- Tailored by our experts to suit your skin needs
- Painless and no downtime needed
Once you make a habit out of HydraFacial, it has serious benefits in giving you stronger, younger and healthier skin. It is always the right way to detox your skin.
Book a free consultation with one of our medical practitioners to find out more information on skin detoxes and HydraFacials.