With winter behind us, now is the perfect opportunity to refresh your skin for a bright new season! Get our tips on how to detox your skin from the inside out and recommendations for skin detox products from the esmi range.
The Best Skincare Ingredients And Tips For A Skin Detox
Use a face mask with bentonite and kaolin clay
Bentonite and kaolin are two of the most popular cosmetic clays and you’ll usually find them in the best detoxifying face masks.
Bentonite clay detoxifies skin by absorbing oils, dirt and toxins which attach themselves to the clay. When the clay is cleansed from the skin, the debris is washed away with it.
Kaolin clay acts in the same way but has a more fine-grained texture than bentonite and its absorption properties are milder. It’s a good choice for normal to dry skin that may find bentonite too strong.
Using a clay mask as a step in your skin detox can help aid in the removal of impurities, target acne forming bacteria, and generally leave the skin smoother and softer.
We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask
Include a serum with activated charcoal, a detox powerhouse!
Like clay, the molecules of activated charcoal attract toxins, dirt, and chemicals from the skin to be easily washed away. It assists in removing deeper impurities from the skin and unclogging pores. The result is smoother, more clarified skin.
If your skin is breaking out even more soon after using a charcoal skincare product, don’t worry. It’s common to experience a ‘purging’ phase as the charcoal draws out impurities from deep within the skin.
We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum
Double cleanse in the evening
If you’re not doing it already, double up your cleansing step in the evening.
During the day your skin faces environmental aggressors, including air pollution. Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution can actually lodge themselves in the surface of the skin and trigger free radical activity.
Free radicals are responsible for a host of skin issues, from dullness to accelerating the signs of premature ageing.
Double cleansing skin in the evening is an effective way to detox your skin from pollution particles and other environmental stressors from the day. The first cleanse removes makeup, SPF, and excess oil while the second cleanse clears the skin of any stubborn debris still sticking around.
We recommend: The Uncomplicated Cleanser. You may like to follow with The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Charcoal as a detoxifying facial cleanser for the second round if you’re dealing with oily skin, breakouts and congestion.
Detox your makeup
Treat your skin to a cleaner makeup routine by avoiding cosmetic products that contain formaldehyde-related preservatives. Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical and is linked with common preservatives in cosmetic products including DM hydantoin, phthalates, and oxybenzone.
Consider switching to mineral makeup formulations that don’t contain irritating preservatives that can cause skin problems.
Containing healthy minerals, including skin-friendly silica, mineral makeup also has the added benefit of helping to heal and condition the skin while you wear it. It offers additional SPF protection when teamed with your daily sunscreen and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.
Ideas For Detoxing Your Skin From The Inside Out
Support your detoxifying skin care products with healthy eating and lifestyle choices to truly maximise the benefits of a skin detox.
Sip herbal teas formulated for detoxification
Drinking tea can be very beneficial in supporting your skin detox. Choose teas that are formulated with herbs to promote detoxification and keep your body hydrated.
Some effective herbs, spices and root plants to consider using in your tea-tox include:
Burdock root - Brimming with antioxidants, burdock root provides a host of benefits, including potential skin healing for issues such as acne and psoriasis.
Dandelion root - Research has found the properties in dandelion root tea can assist in helping detoxify the liver.
Milk thistle - Assists in promoting the regeneration of new healthy cells and supports the cleansing process by removing toxins.
Tumeric - With potent antioxidants that fight free radical damage, turmeric can aid liver and skin detoxification when brewed in a tea.
Green tea - Another antioxidant powerhouse, drinking green tea makes a detoxifying, skin-supporting swap for your regular latte.
Give yourself a lymphatic face massage
When you stimulate the circulation in the lymphatic system through massage, you assist your body in draining fluids and toxins away from your cells for proper elimination. Massage stimulates circulation which encourages an overall improvement in skin tone and brightness.
A lymphatic face massage is something simple enough to do yourself at home but it’s advisable to consult a health practitioner first.
Experiment with celery juice
The humble celery stalk has received a surge in attention recently thanks to its skin healing, anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also incredibly rich in minerals and hydrating.
Cut out sugar
Eliminating sugary foods from your plate for a time is detox 101!
Depending on how much sugar you usually eat, it could be a shock to the system. It’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms so your best approach could be to ease into a sugar detox slowly.
Drink plenty of water
During a skin detox stepping up your water intake is key. Sip plain water, water flavoured with herbs and fruit pieces, or alternate with glasses of coconut water for a natural electrolyte boost.
None of the suggestions above should be taken as medical advice. We encourage you to consult with your medical or holistic practitioner to choose a skin cleanse diet or approach that’s right for you.