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Five Treatments You Need To Detox Your Skin

No matter how much care you may take of your skin, it is still going to be exposed to impurities and toxins, which is why skin detoxes are essential.

What exactly is a skin detox?

The methods vary, but, basically, it is a way to cleanse your skin of all of these harmful impurities, while stimulating a healthier environment in which your skin can thrive. With results ranging from a boost in collagen and elastin production, to an increase in cell turnover, a  skin detox is something that everybody should be doing on a regular basis.

1. Daily Dry Brushing

One of the easiest ways to detox your skin is by dry brushing it every day.

Wondering what dry brushing is?

It simply involves rubbing a dry, soft-bristled brush over your skin in a particular way, and has a number of different skin-boosting benefits.

To begin with…

Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for eliminating all of the waste that your cells produce. The lymphatic system is easily prone to congestion, and, when this happens, it means that toxins end up building up in your body, leading to everything from inflammation to illness.

Dry brushing also increases blood flow and circulation, leading to a healthier complexion and a boost of energy, while exfoliating the skin at the same time. 

For those who have cellulite, you may find that dry brushing is able to help reduce this. While there is not much hard scientific proof to back this up, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there showing that this may be yet another benefit that dry brushing has.

So, what kind of dry brush should you buy?

There are many choices out there, and you may even want to purchase a couple of different ones. While long-handled brushes are great for hard-to-reach areas, such as the middle of your back, brushes with a shorter handle will fit into your hand with more ease, making it quicker and easier to brush your skin.

Now that you have your dry brush, it is time to learn how to use it….

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Begin at your feet, brushing the bottoms of your feet and slowly moving up your legs. Use long, smooth strokes, and always brush towards your heart, because this is where the lymphatic system drains
  • Slowly move up your body, brushing each section about ten times
  • When it comes to your stomach and back, you can use circular motions instead of long strokes
  • Finish with a shower

Make sure that you do not brush too hard. Remember that dry brushing should never hurt.

Don’t forget…

Your dry brush will need to be washed every week or so, in order to cleanse it of the dead skin cells that will have accumulated in it. You will also need to replace your brush every six months, or even just each year, as the bristles will wear down over time.

Is there any reason you should not use a dry brush?

Sadly, yes. If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, dry brushing may only exacerbate your condition. 

2. Detox Baths

When you take a bath, your skin is exposed to all that is in the water for quite a bit of time, meaning that the ingredients that you put into your bath can actually have quite a big effect on your skin.

So, what exactly does a detox bath involve?

The most popular type is an Epsom salt bath.

Its name is a bit misleading, because Epsom salts are not actually a salt…

They are actually a naturally occurring mineral compound, known as magnesium sulfate. When this enters your body, it helps to regulate over 300 biochemical reactions, and also acts as a toxin repellent, flushing toxins out of your cells.

You may be wondering…

Can’t I just take a magnesium sulfate supplement instead?

You could, but it would not be as effective when it comes to your skin, as it would have to pass through your stomach acid, digestive enzymes, and liver, before it can even enter your bloodstream.

However, by being absorbed directly through the skin, it is able to bypass all of these obstacles, and make its way into the bloodstream much quicker.

Ready for a soak?

All you need to do is mix together one cup of Epsom salts with two cups of baking soda. Add this to a hot bath, while the water is still running, and mix it in well. Do not be alarmed if the water appears cloudy. For some extra fragrance, you could even add in around ten drops of an essential oil, many of which will have their own skin-boosting benefits.

Don’t have any Epsom salts to hand?

There are many other ingredients out there that you could also add to a bath to help detox your skin:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Bentonite clay (see below)

When it comes to how long to soak for, try to limit yourself to around 15 minutes. While it may be tempting to soak in the warm water for longer, this will only have a drying effect on your skin, and may end up doing more harm than good.

3. Bentonite Clay

bentonite clay

Also known as monmorillonite, bentonite clay is formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged, and consists of a number of different minerals, including:

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium 
  • Silica

Bentonite clay has actually been used as a detoxification aid since ancient times, but modern science has now backed up its incredible abilities.

How does it work?

When bentonite clay is mixed with water, it creates a negative electrical charge. The toxins in your body, whether this may be chemicals or toxic metals, have a positive electrical charge, meaning that they are attracted to the clay. Working just like a sponge, the clay soaks up all of these toxins, and then eliminates them from the body.

In addition to detoxifying your skin, bentonite clay can also rebalance your skin’s pH level by providing it with the trace minerals that it may be missing.

So, how exactly do you use bentonite clay?

The easiest way is with a face mask. You can find face masks that contain the clay, as well as other ingredients, or you can simply use the clay on its own to create your own mask.

All you need to do is mix it with some water and then apply a thick layer to your face, giving it around 20 minutes to dry.

Then, simply rinse it off with warm water.

You can use this treatment weekly, either on your whole face, or as a spot treatment on certain areas of troubled skin.

Bentonite clay can also be used as a detox bath.

How?

Just mix a couple of cups of powdered clay into your bath, and then soak in this for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Did you know that you can also eat bentonite clay?

Just mix it with a bit of water and either drink it straight, or mix it in with a smoothie or another drink. This will help to detox your body from within, which your skin will also benefit from. However, make sure that you purchase a food grade bentonite clay if you want to do this, as you need one intended for human consumption.

4. Double Cleansing

Cleansing is something that everybody should be doing at the end of each day, as this is so important for removing all of the toxins and impurities that settle on the surface of your skin.

However, double cleansing takes this one step further…

It began as a trend in Asia, but, thanks to its quick effects, it is now a technique that is used by people all over the world.

So, what exactly is double cleansing?

It basically involves the use of an oil-based cleanser first, followed by a water-based cleanser.

You are probably wondering…

What’s the point of this?

Well, the oil-based cleanser melts down and removes any makeup and sunscreen remnants, as well as excess sebum. This allows the water-based cleanser to properly enter your pores, removing any sweat, pollution, dirt, or other toxins that may have settled within them.

Now that your pores have been properly cleansed, this means that any other skin care products you apply afterwards will be able to penetrate your skin’s layers so much more effectively.

One of the best parts of double cleansing is…

It can be used be people with all skin types. However, if you suffer from acne, you may need to use a specialized cleanser as part of the routine.

5. A Skin Detoxification Diet

Most people tend to only look at ways in which they can detox their skin externally, but a skin detoxification diet can have just as much of an impact as all of the methods listed above.

How long should you follow a detoxification diet for?

The minimum is two weeks, but the rest is completely up to you. The longer you follow the diet, the healthier your skin, and overall health, will be.

So, what exactly do you need to be eating?

Well, let’s begin with what you should not be eating

Refined sugar is the first thing, as this causes your insulin levels to spike, which then leads to inflammation. As you are already likely aware of, inflammation is a big no-no when it comes to your skin, as it can lead to everything from acne and blemishes to premature aging.

You should also stay away from soy, especially if you are prone to acne.

Why?

Because soy contains phytoestrogens, which can cause hormonal breakouts.

If you drink a lot of coffee, this is something else you may want to consider cutting back on. While coffee does contain a number of antioxidants, it can also have a dehydrating effect on your skin.

Now on to what you should be eating

Start your day with a glass of lemon water, as this will help your body and skin to detoxify first thing in the morning, and will also give your metabolism a boost, setting yourself up well for the rest of the day.

Healthy fats are also essential, and these can include:

    • Avocados 
    • Flax seeds
    • Walnuts
    • Chia seeds
    • Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring

healthy salmon salad

Of course, leafy greens are also a must, and you should be trying to add a portion of these to every meal. There are so many different leafy greens out there, so try to include a wide variety of them in your diet, from spinach, kale and lettuce to collard greens, mustard greens and chard.

Wondering how they help with detoxing your skin?

It is all down to their chlorophyll, which helps to rid the body of toxins, while purifying the blood and increasing oxygen content.

Other vegetables that are great for detoxing the skin include:

    • Garlic – unclogs any build-up in your arteries
    • Beets – purify the blood and cleanse the liver
    • Broccoli sprouts – contains phytochemicals that stimulate detoxification enzymes
    • Sea vegetables – contains alginic acid which draws out toxins from the digestive tract
    • Artichokes – aids in toxin removal while regenerating liver tissue, therefore strengthening the liver’s natural detoxification process

Herbs are also important, especially parsley and cilantro. The chemical compounds in these herbs actually bind to the toxins in your body, pulling them away from your blood, tissues and cells, and then eliminating them from your body. 

While following this diet, you need to also make sure that you are not using any harmful chemicals topically, as they will prevent the diet from working to its full effect.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and can easily become clogged up with toxins. By following these skin detoxification treatments, you will be helping to cleanse your skin, as well as your body, of any waste, which will soon have your complexion looking better than ever.

Planning A Post Holiday Detox

Does the holiday table remind you of morbid scenes when you ate without a care in the world? Relax, it’s nothing that a little post holiday detox can’t cure. If you were being a careless this holiday season, there are some ways you can redeem yourself in the New Year.

Woman eating surgery foods

Stop the Cycle
If you’ve seen “Seinfeld”, you may be familiar with the episode in which Elaine begins to get so used to eating birthday cake and her office, that she develops a midday craving for sugar. Although experts generally do not give credence to the notion of a sugar addiction, there is research that shows that sugar can have an effect on the part of the brain that responds alcohol and drugs.

Start by eliminating desserts with high sugar and fat content. After at least 3 days, they will taste much better. You will find yourself beginning to reestablish a taste for healthier fare.

Reprogram Your Tummy
While you were putting a healthy diet on the back burner, your stomach’s natural appetite control systems may have, well, lost control. Normally a full belly sends signals to your brain to let it know you’re full. However, overeating for prolonged time periods makes the receptors less sensitive.

You may think the solution relies in cutting down on the amount of food, but this will only send a signal to the brain that you are starving and need food immediately, which is why you sometimes become unexplainably hungry after a night of binging. A better solution is to eat healthy sized portions of high fiber, low calorie foods which will quiet the receptors and keep you feeling satisfied.

Women drinking cocktails

Cut Back on the Cocktails
The problem with sweet alcoholic drinks isn’t just sugar and fat. Alcohol itself has 7 calories per gram and the stomach and brain don’t recognize liquid calories in the same way they do solids. This makes it really easy to continue drinking without accounting for the extra calories.
Try drinking low calorie beverages as a substitute. Tea is always a healthy liquid alternative and is known to actually boost metabolism. You can also get fancy with your water by adding sliced lemons, limes, and even berries to a fresh pitcher.

Let us know all about what you got up to this holiday season and how you’re planning to atone for your sins!

Infused Water How-to

Detox water

Want a drink with refreshing, crisp, light flavor, several health benefits, no added sugar, and incredibly low calories, you really need to try infused water. The best way to think of infused water is like a cold-brewed tea, but with fresh fruit and herbs instead of tea leaves, and nothing dried or preserved. You make it by quite literally throwing chunks of fruit and herbs into cold water and letting the flavor seep out of the fresh ingredients into the water. This is generally done with some kind of infuser or filter that gives you clean, clear, tinted water mostly free from chunks and debris, but nonetheless infused with the “essence” of the fresh ingredients.

How Do You Do it?
You’ll want to procure an infuser specifically for this purpose; there are many ways to go, but most involve either a tank of water where you let the fruit and herbs foat about freely, with a filter on the nozzle to keep the water clean and clear, or a mesh infuser that you fill with the ingredients and immerse in the water, allowing the goodness to seep into the water while the chunks stay put and don’t float about. You can also find water bottled with an infuser core that allows you to toss in the fresh ingredients and let it infuse on the go, resulting in a tasty, nutritious bottle of goodness to sip while you’re out and about.

You generally want to let the water infuse for 1-2 hours at room temperature or 3-4 hours in the fridge for best results. After four hours, you’ll want to remove fruits from the water and refrigerate leftovers for up to three days.

What Are the Health Benefits?
Consider that you’re putting fresh fruit into infused water, and while you’re not getting certain benefits of eating fruits and veggies whole, like fiber content and consuming all the vitamins and minerals, not just some, infusions do create not only tasty, but vitamin-rich drinks. While supplements are useful and encouraged to make sure you get 100% daily value of all essential nutrients regardless of diet, consuming them in food and drink is generally best for maximum absorption, meaning infusions have an advantage over supplements in that regard.

Not to mention that infused water simply encourages you to drink more water. If you get tired of drinking plain water and have a hard time reminding yourself to do so consistently, infused water can help you get over that mental block with a low-calorie, no added sugar watery drink option.

Recipes 

Cucumber Lemon Cilantro Water (Makes Three quarts)

Ingredients:

  • Half a lemon
  • 6+ sprigs of cilantro
  • 2 inches of a cucumber

Directions:
Cut off the top of the lemon, cut both the lemon and cucumber into ¼ inch slices. Break the stems and bruise the leaves of cilantro, and layer everything in the infusion core of an infusion pitcher. Infuse for three hours in three quarts of cold water.

Vine-Vera-Infused-Water-How-to-Grapefruit-Rosemary

Grapefruit Rosemary Water (Makes two 32 oz servings)

Ingredients:

  • One grapefruit
  • One sprig of rosemary (fresh is vastly preferable to dried)

Directions:
Cut off the ends of the grapefruit and remove the rind, then cut it into horizontal slices against the grain. Put all ingredients in one container and fill with 64 oz cold water, or split up this amount into multiple servings for friends or to save for later. Infuse for four hours.

Cucumber Jalapeño Mint Water (Makes one 32 oz serving)

Ingredients:

  • 3 inches of a cucumber, sliced
  • ½ of a jalapeño, de-seeded
  • 1 sprig of mint

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a container and cover with 32 oz cold water, and infuse for 4-24 hours in a refrigerator, the longer the infusion, the stronger the flavor.

Laminaria Japonica

Brown seaweed salad

Laminaria Japonica is a type of brown seaweed rich in a vast host of nutrients, minerals and with some truly amazing health benefits. The medicinal powers of seaweed have actually been used for centuries because of their known ability to extend life and even enhance health and beauty. Decades of research has shown that it is actually Laminaria Japonica, or brown seaweed, which is the most beneficial of all seaweed. Laminaria Japonica is high in organic iodine, alginates, fucoxanthin, laminarin, and fucoidan. It also possesses over 70 different minerals which many nutritionists have said are lacking in diets throughout the Western hemisphere.

Extracts from brown seaweed have astounded researchers as have not only they been able to cause cancer tumors to die, they also detoxify the body of chemical build up and even burn body fat.

Fucoidan and Cancer
Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide, also known as an ‘evaporated oligomineral’. Approximately 4% of the total dry weight of brown seaweed is composed of fucoidan which is the chemical responsible for the apoptosis (or death) of cancer cells. To date, there have been well over 600 studies that show that fucoidan is also responsible for a vast host of other positive benefits. These include: immune system improvement, intestinal disorders, allergy control, improved liver function, cholesterol regulation, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar regulation and its powerful anti-oxidant action promotes healthy hair and skin. The regular consumption of brown seaweed in many parts of Asia is often correlated with the significantly lower rates of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers amongst Asian women.

Fucoxanthin and Weight Loss
The fat burning properties of Laminaria Japonica are accredited to a compound called fucoxanthin. Alongside the iodine content of brown seaweed, when ingested, the compounds increase our body’s metabolic rate meaning you burn your more calories and you burn them faster. This prevents the accumulation of body fat. One study published in the journal ‘Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism’ involved 16 weeks of supplementation with a product containing fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil. The results saw that participants lost an average of 7.7 pounds over the period and additionally fat deposits in the liver decreased.

Alginates and Detoxification
Aliginic acid, also known as algin or alginate is an anionic polysaccharide that is found in the cell walls of brown algae. The alginate content of brown seaweed is known to detoxify the body of numerous unwanted and sometimes harmful chemicals such as strontium, uranium, mercury and lead. In day to day life, we are exposed to hundreds of toxins which over time can become embedded in our vital organs such as the heart, liver, or brain. The alginate content of Laminaria Japonica effectively eliminates these compounds from or bodies, helping us to stay disease free.

Supplementation
Although supplementing with brown seaweed or consuming it regularly is no doubt a great health choice to make, researchers have actually found that healthy participants who consumed 4 kelp capsules each day for a period of four weeks showed increased levels of thyroid stimulating hormones. Although we know that kelp is not the same as Laminaria Japonica – the compounds found within the two are very similar. In this way when consuming brown seaweed, remember to consume it regularly but always in moderation.

Ingredients to Detox Your Skin

The skin is your body’s largest organ. Some people feel that using skincare products to soothe, repair and heal your skin is merely vanity. However, this is really untrue. Your skin is a reflection of how you treat your body, not just a reflection of the products you choose. A healthy diet in conjunction with proper skin care can dramatically change the appearance of your skin. Just as you need to detox your inner organs every now and then, you need to detox your skin as well. Drinking detox water, eating foods that help remove toxins like cucumbers or lemon will definitely play a large role in the detox of your skin. To achieve maximum results, look for products with the following ingredients.

Salicylic acid chemical formula.

Salicylic Acid
This popular exfoliant and acne treatment is one that you may want to look for when you are trying to detoxify your skin and restore it to health. Salicylic acid goes beyond cleaning the surface of your skin, it penetrates the pores. Once inside the pore, salicylic acid clears away accumulated dead skin cells, dirt and any other debris. You can find salicylic acid in facial and body cleansers, toners and astringents, moisturizers and other treatment products.

Citrus fruits.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that contains tons of skin benefits. Damaged skin needs extra attention and ascorbic acid, the most commonly used form of vitamin C in skincare and beauty products, helps repair your skin. Vitamin C is an essential part of your body’s collagen production process. Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and firmness. In addition to collagen production, vitamin C helps your skin to naturally heal itself, which damaged skin requiring a detox, needs.

Chamomile flowers and tea.

Chamomile Extract
Chamomile is a common staple for soothing your body whether you drink chamomile tea for a sore throat or use a skincare product that contains chamomile extract to soothe your skin. Chamomile contains flavanoids, plant derivatives that have antioxidant properties, and with other ingredients, and increases blood flow to the skin. Additionally, chamomile acts as an anti-inflammatory providing relief to irritated, damaged skin.

Green tea.

Green Tea
There are tons of skincare products available that make use of the amazing antioxidant power of green tea. Not only can you use green tea contained in products, you can also brew your own green tea and use it directly on the skin. The tannic acid in green tea is antibacterial and when applied topically it helps to draw impurities from your skin.

Just as a body detox clears out toxins, so does a skin detox. The use of these ingredients helps to deeply cleanse your face and repair any damage that has been done. You don’t have to detox your skin all the time, but an easy way to do so is by using a detoxifying mask once a week. For even better skin detox results, pair your skin detox with a body detox. Mix a pitcher of your favorite detox water to clear toxins from the inside out.