If you’ve ever attempted a detox regimen, chances are you gave up due to sheer hunger. Plus, going without solid foods can drop your sugar levels, and let’s be real: Some people just don’t do well without food (hence the word “hangry”).
This all begs the question: Do you really need to detox for clear skin? Are there any real long-term benefits?
Naturopath Dr. Aron says, "Your skin reflects your health," and your skin will give you signs that something inside your body is not working well. When your skin starts to age faster for no reason or skin conditions like eczema appear, your body could be crying out for a detox.
With so many products available, such as detox diets for skin, juices, supplements, teas, etc., just getting started can be confusing. Not to mention how challenging it can be to be on a skin cleansing diet, considering that most of us can feel weak if we go for long periods of time without any solid food.
The good news is, a skin detox does not have to be so difficult, nor should you have to completely change your lifestyle for a week or two.
We’ve put together 7 simple wellness and detox tips that you can incorporate into your daily life, including some must-have skincare products that we love.
But first, what are the signs your body is telling you that you should do a detox? Let's take a closer look...
How to Know If You Should Do A Natural Skin Detox
Today, there are more toxins in the environment than ever. According to Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D., the author of Healthy Healing’s Detoxification: Programs to Cleanse, Purify, and Renew, detoxing is essential. Dr. Page recommends detoxing for the following symptoms, which can include early signs of liver damage:
Unexplained fatigue or inability to sleep - Beauty and general well-being is very much dependent on getting quality sleep. Feeling a lack of energy or general exhaustion that plagues you every day can be a sign that you are in need of a cleanse.
Sluggish elimination - Constipation or painful bowel movements can be a result of too many impurities.
Allergies - Allergies can become aggravated and more uncomfortable due to toxin overload.
Low-grade infection - Infections are possible when toxins overwhelm the body and prevent the immune system from working properly.
Puffy eyes or bags under the eyes - Toxins can lead to puffy eyes or bags under the eyes, which can make you look tired and older than your years.
Bloating - Toxins can cause uncomfortable bloating that can make you feel sluggish and tired.
Menstrual problems - Exacerbated PMS can be experienced with a lack of a detox.
Mental confusion - Hazy thinking and overall mental issues like fogginess can disrupt your quality of life.
Irritated, dull, unhealthy skin - Every once in a while, your skin needs a deep clean. The skin can absolutely become irritated and you may experience things like breakouts, oily skin, and redness. Not only is it important to cleanse the pores with a cleanser, but you also need to support the skin from the inside.
More helpful reading: Skin problems related to liver disease.
Why Do You Need To Follow A Clear Skin Detox Diet?
Toxins build up in our skin and body over time. But, what contributes to toxin build-up?
Quite frankly, all of the chemicals we are exposed to in our environment can accumulate in our bodies. We are constantly exposed to different forms of harmful chemicals - from the ingredients in our personal care products to the pollution in the air we breathe. They are unavoidable even if you’re diligent and aware. It is then up to us to either prevent this exposure or remove it from our bodies with different methods.
Your liver and kidneys naturally cleanse your body for you quite efficiently, and you often don’t need to do anything else to detox on your own.
However, when we age or are overexposed to pollutants, our liver can become burdened with this extra job. Over time, our liver might fail to cleanse itself as effectively. That’s why it’s important to support your liver so that it can effectively remove these toxins and get you back to feeling your best.
Here are some of the toxins that could be burdening your complexion:
1. Pollution - Pollution is everywhere. Ever since the industrial revolution, our environment has been inundated with harmful chemicals that negatively impact our health. Free radicals are unstable atoms and the toxic byproducts of oxygenation that cause damage to cells. These can only be neutralized by antioxidants.
2. Alcohol & coffee - Alcohol is a depressant while coffee is a stimulant. In moderation, both are okay, but excessive use can take quite a toll, making you irritable, causing you to have low energy, or having other negative side effects that affect your daily life. In the case of excessive alcohol use, your liver can become damaged beyond repair. And, when it comes to coffee, it can actually increase the risk of heart disease.
Additionally, both coffee and alcohol can make you more stressed. And, high stress levels are terrible for the skin. Stress can cause inflammation, facial redness, and increased oil production, which can clog your pores and result in breakouts.
More helpful reading: Effects of coffee on skin.
3. Cigarettes - Cigarettes are full of chemicals. It’s not just tobacco that is bad for your lungs, skin, and overall health, but toxins like nicotine and tar can greatly impact your health, and in some cases, lead to cancer.
4. Refined sugars and unhealthy fats - These are the culprits when it comes to the obesity epidemic in the United States, contributing to heart disease, liver disease, and other serious health problems. Artificial sugar is especially bad since it causes inflammation that results in collagen and liver damage. While not all fats are bad (and some are even good for you), it’s important to know which ones to avoid.
5. Chemical-based household cleaners and personal care products - Cleanser, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste: We use these beauty, health, and skin care products on a daily basis. However, we are often unaware of the harmful ingredients they contain. These harmful substances can build up especially quickly because we come in contact with them so often.
More helpful reading: Alcohol denat skin care products.
7 Most Effective Ways To Do A Skin Cleanse Diet (How To Detox Skin & Body)
Detoxing your skin and body is basically all about cleansing the blood and body of harmful impurities that accumulate over time through exposure to a polluted environment and harmful chemicals in everyday products.
Our bodies naturally eliminate most of these impurities through our liver, kidneys, and skin. But, sometimes, our bodies need a little extra assistance.
Similar to doing a cleanse, a liver detox involves stimulating the liver to remove impurities, promoting the elimination of waste through the kidneys, intestines, and skin, and improving overall blood circulation.
You can detox by eating more nutritious food, drinking more water, taking supplements, and removing certain chemicals from your environment.
1. Facial Treatments & Skin Care (Detox Your Face From Pollutants)
Yes, detoxing the skin should absolutely be an excuse to visit your local spa - although, you can also get the same, if not better, skin detox results with an at home spa day. With the right skin care products, you can cleanse your pores of dead skin cells and oil, wash away toxins, and give your complexion a fresh start.
If you add just one facial per week into your skincare routine, it can make a huge difference in your complexion. You’ll start to notice an improvement in the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, your skin’s glow, and your pores - especially the morning after a facial.
How long does a facial take? You get to decide, but generally, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
Wondering how to detox your skin with a facial? Keep reading. We’ll go over some products that you need to keep on hand when you have time for a skin detox facial, whether in the morning or at night:
Using a gentle cleanser and warm water, you can get rid of the many impurities from our environment that clog our pores and cause our complexion to age prematurely. One way to loosen up all of the dirt, oil, and grime that has accumulated in your pores is to wash your face with an oil-based cleanser before using a water-based cleanser. Cleansing your face this way is known as the ‘double-cleanse method.’
Exfoliators contain cleansing ingredients to get any extra oil and dead skin cells out from inside the pores. There are both physical (scrubs) and chemical (acids) exfoliators. We prefer chemical exfoliators because they are usually much less harsh on the skin. There’s no need to exfoliate more than twice a week.
After you clean and exfoliate your now much softer and smoother face, it’s time to apply a serum. Finding the right serum that’s packed with botanical extracts and antioxidants, like the Taut Recovery Serum, can repair stressed, environmentally-damaged skin by reinforcing your skin barrier.
There’s no way your skin clearing detox is complete without applying a mask to your face. Depending on whether you apply a clay or sheet mask, like the Taut Collagen Mask, you’ll see results the same day.
Our collagen peptide face mask is infused with skin-enhancing ingredients that are able to penetrate the skin much deeper than any other face mask to target sagging, dehydrated, and dull-looking skin and tone, hydrate, and brighten your complexion in under 20 minutes.
More helpful reading: What's a facial?
2. Cleansing The Body & Skin (Detox For Clear Skin & to Remove Dead Skin Cells)
A body and skin detoxification diet usually involves major to moderate or mild fasting, and drinking healthy juices and other beverages to flush out harmful substances from the blood. Let’s take a look at some of the best things you can drink during a detox for the skin and body:
Hot Water With Lemon
Drinking water has already been established as a good practice and a great way to detox the skin. Starting your morning with hot water and lemon can be helpful for boosting mineral absorption. Vitamin C itself is also a very important vitamin to include at the start of your day. Vitamin C can potentially even reduce the risk of heart disease.
More helpful reading by Renew Alliance:
Beet Juice With Fresh Ginger Or Turmeric
Beets are low in calories and high in nutrients, making them the ideal detox vegetable. These jewel-toned roots contain a type of antioxidant called betalains that can potentially lower inflammation (such as in liver disease), hypertension, cancer, and oxidative stress.
Moreover, as antioxidants, betalains are thought to be free radical scavengers that find and destroy unstable cells. Adding ginger can combat nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Adding turmeric (which contains curcumin) can address the inflammation that can lead to disease, sometimes as effectively as prescription drugs.
Try juicing with ginger, carrots, and apple. Drink 2-3 times a week or more to enjoy its powerful benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Drinking apple cider vinegar can help kill harmful bacteria. It can also lower harmfully high blood sugar levels (high blood sugar is connected to a variety of chronic illnesses). Just 2 ounces daily, first thing in the morning will do the job.
Studies have further shown that apple cider vinegar can help people lose belly fat.
Note: Consult your doctor if you are taking blood sugar-lowering medication before consuming apple cider vinegar.
3. Eliminate Toxins Through A Sweaty Workout
One of the most effective ways to cleanse your skin and body is by sweating. You already eliminate harmful substances through sweat and you can encourage this toxin elimination by engaging in workouts that are high impact to further your results.
Engaging in any workout that makes you sweat a lot is a plus and can assist you in a detox. Running, boxing, power walking, dancing – all of these are great exercises to engage in during a detox.
Bikram Yoga Or Hot Yoga
This is a type of yoga practiced in a heated room that encourages excessive sweating. You will find yourself sweating as if someone has just poured water over your head. For first-timers, you might feel completely drenched and much more exhausted than you would after a traditional yoga class. However, after a few times, this method not only helps cleanse your system but can help with some of your hard-to-get-rid-of allergies.
Then, follow up your yoga class with a session in a steam room. Steam rooms and warm baths also encourage sweating and can accelerate the removal of toxins.
More helpful reading: Facial yoga.
4. Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system helps eliminate waste. It will do this effectively on its own, but sometimes health problems or surgery can make it difficult.
Lymphedema is a type of fluid build-up that can be drained through massage. It usually occurs after surgery on or around the lymph nodes. If you would like to give lymphatic massage a try, make sure to go to a professional. This treatment is not recommended for people with congestive heart failure, blood clots, liver or kidney problems, or with an active infection.
The use of a dry brush can aid in lymphatic drainage. It can also help you bring much more blood flow to the skin, unclog your pores, and shed dead skin cells. This form of skin care involves running a special brush along your dry skin - starting at your feet then brushing upwards toward your heart.
5. Eliminate Through A Natural Skin Detox Diet
One of the best ways to detox your skin and body is simply to trade unhealthy food for healthier options throughout the week. Make sure to avoid junk or processed food and foods high in sugar. Instead, add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, good proteins, healthy fats (e.g. olive oil, walnut oil, cod liver oil, avocado oil, coconut oil), and other clean foods to your daily routine.
Include more liver-cleansing produce daily, which can include foods like:
Seaweed - Different types of seaweed are full of nutrients like vitamin K, B vitamins, and properties that protect cells from free radical damage. The fiber in seaweed is also known to protect the gut and get things moving.
Beets and collard greens - As previously mentioned, beets are high in betalains. Whether you drink beet juice or eat the root vegetable straight, you will reap these benefits. Collard greens are a great source of folate, calcium, and a variety of vitamins. They also have anti-inflammatory effects.
Broccoli and brussel sprouts - These bitter-tasting greens may be an acquired taste, but they have enormous benefits when you add them to your meals each day. Broccoli is high in vitamins K and C and folate. Brussels sprouts are high in fiber, vitamin K and other nutrients.
More helpful reading: Foods good for skin.
6. Detox Your Skin with Natural Herbs (Body & Skin Cleansing Diet)
Like eating healthy fruits and veggies, some natural detox and blood cleansing herbs for skin care can also support the detoxification process by clearing your dermis and body of toxins and waste. Try to keep some of the following herbs in your natural skin cleanse diet:
Chlorella - This green algae binds itself to heavy metals to detox the liver.
Spirulina - Treatment using spirulina has shown itself quite effective in treating fatty liver disease.
Olive leaf extract - This extract has shown potential in helping to reduce liver damage.
French pine bark - This powerful antioxidant derived from French pine bark may help remove toxins, strengthen your vascular system, and improve nutrient absorption so that you can reap its full benefits.
Dandelion - In one 2016 study, it was determined that dandelion has the potential to improve overall liver health 2
Grape seed extract - Grape seed extract is one of the strongest antioxidants that can protect against free radical damage.
Milk thistle - Milk thistle has been used as a complementary treatment in liver disease.
More helpful reading: Chlorella skin benefits.
7. Simple Detox To Clear Skin & Body With Water & Supplements
One of the best cleanses you can do is simply to drink plenty of water and take antioxidant supplements that can help cleanse your dermis. When it comes to water intake, don’t worry about drinking a gallon of water every day of the week. Just focus on paying attention on when you are feeling thirsty. Here are a few supplements that we recommend:
Glutathione is known as "the mother of all antioxidants" and a "great protector" as it is produced naturally in our liver. This amazing antioxidant gets depleted as we age, or when we are overexposed to pollutants and impurities.
One of the ways to replenish this important molecule is to supplement with glutathione supplements. Glutathione benefits for skin and health include:
- Supports our immune system
- Removes impurities and free radicals
- Detoxifies our system
Skin lightener and brightener
- Reduces signs of skin-aging
More helpful reading: Anti aging pills.
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Regular use will not only help eliminate your body of harmful waste but, will also improve overall skin quality, making it look youthful and luminous.
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Our french pine bark supplement has many benefits for the entire body, including the ability to help clear toxins. It helps improve circulation and nutrient delivery. It can strengthen the immune system and improve vision.
When it comes to the skin, it makes sure to protect collagen and elastin from being degraded by free radicals, ultimately helping to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-allergic properties.
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More helpful reading on vitamins for skin by Renew Alliance.
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So it turns out that detox isn’t just a crazy fad or trend — sometimes, it’s in fact very necessary to keep your body tuned up and rebooted. The good news is you can do so without skipping your meals. Just focus on eating clean, green foods and supercharge your detox with these strategies, and feel energized and enjoy a clear, bright complexion.
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