Many of us will be familiar with the idea of digital detoxes or detox diets.
But have you ever considered doing a detox for the largest organ of your body – your skin? Sleeping with make-up on, consuming unhealthy foods, neglecting our complexions on beach days, drinking too much alcohol, and environmental pollution can all have an impact, especially on our faces.
Read on for some top tips on caring for your skin and rebooting your old regime.
Cleanse twice a day
When overhauling your skincare routine, the best place to start is with your cleanser. Make sure you choose a quality product that is best suited to your skin type.
“If you have drier skin, a creamy cleanser like the Organic Apoteke Buttermilk Cleanser should be used and if you have oilier, more congested, acne-prone skin, a water-based gel like the Organic Apoteke Active Face Cleanse Gel is a good option,” Dr. Nitasha Buldeo, founder of Organic Apoteke, said. “However, for those with normal skin or due to weather changes – you may need to swap between these two cleansers.”
Other great cleansers on the market include Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Cleanser, Trilogy’s Cream Cleanser, and SkinCeuticals’ Gentle Cleanser.
When embarking on a detox, it’s important to moisturise your skin daily.
“Sometimes, depending on the environmental conditions and your skin's needs, you may have to layer the moisturiser,” the expert explained. “The means that you apply a layer of your moisturiser and watch it disappear, then apply a second layer and if this disappears as well, you should apply a third. Ideally, do not use products that leave a thick layer of oil on the surface as it congests pores and prevents skin from breathing.”
Drink lots of water
Experts at the National Health Service (NHS) and the American Institute of Health recommend drinking between six and eight glasses of water a day or the equivalent of 1.2 to 1.9 litres.
“While this is the daily recommendation to eliminate toxins from your body and stay hydrated, many people don’t drink this much,” insisted Dr. Buldeo. “Also, coffee, sugary juices, and alcohol dehydrate can you, so cannot be counted as hydrating drinks. If you have these, you may need to drink more water to compensate for them. And perhaps look to swap your morning coffee for green tea.”
Reassess your diet
As we all know, the foods we consume can have an effect on our skin. Accordingly, Dr. Buldeo suggests trying to avoid dairy products, foods with added sugar, and fried foods for several days and see whether you notice a difference. Replace these with alkaline-rich fruits and veggies like pears, broccoli, kale, watermelon, and bananas, alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and foods containing healthy fats like avocado and walnuts.
Steam your face
If you are experiencing a lot of breakouts, it’s a good idea to use a steam room or do facial steaming.
“If you don’t have a steam shower, it’s simple, easy, and totally free to make your own. Bring a pot of water to boil, then transfer the water to a bowl. Hover your face above the bowl and drape a towel over your head to concentrate the steam to your facial pores for about five minutes,” she stated.
Get a facial
There’s only so much your skincare products can do at home, so why not consider splashing out on a good facial?
“A professional aesthetician can not only deep clean but give your skin the treatment it needs to glow,” Dr. Buldeo insisted.
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