Seems everyone is getting in on some sort of detox, especially post holidays. Not just for the body anymore, now even skin is getting in on the action. Do you need a face detox?
Whether to lose weight, purge the system of toxins, or gain more energy, detoxes have become commonplace. Some people do them annually, others more often.
The reason behind these toxin purges is mainly good health. Obviously, a super streamlined or liquid diet usually results in some weight loss, which can be an added bonus. And often skin looks better because you aren’t feeding your system full of junk.
So what if we took things to the next level and did a face detox? If you are less than game to ingest certain questionable ingredients (charcoal smoothie?), you may feel better about putting them on your skin.
Let’s backtrack just a minute and get to the why of detoxing the skin. We know harmful chemicals are not good for skin or body, and work to avoid them in skincare and cosmetics. Did you also know that daily pollution becomes trapped in pores and can cause toxic buildup too? Smog, exhaust, and second-hand smoke are all detrimental to the look and health of our complexion, and can cause premature aging.
A regular skin purge may be just what we need to kick those nasty pollutants to the curb. And away from our skin.
A Face Detox for All Skin Types
Step #1: Cleanse. The double cleansing method is perfect for ridding skin of as much toxic gunk and debris as possible. Start with an oil cleanser. Oil binds to dirt, makeup, and pollutants more easily than a water-based cleanser. Aster & Bay Cleansing Oil is formulated for all skin types.
For the second stage of double cleansing, use a creamy or lightly foaming cleanser. If you have dry skin, opt for a hydrating cleanser, like Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser. Those with oily skin should go with a foaming cleanser. Try YULI Halcyon Cleanser.
Step #2: Mask. That charcoal smoothie no one is eager to down? Try one for skin. Charcoal is super absorbent and great for drawing out impurities. It is also good for soaking up excess oil, so helps with acne. One to try is Cocovit Coconut Charcoal Face Mask.
Because dryness tends to make skin look older and inflammation is another cause of skin aging, those with sensitive or dry skin may want to avoid a charcoal mask. Instead, opt for clay masks to pull out toxins. Aster & Bay Green Glow Mask is perfect.
Step #3: Hydrate. You know how it is important to stay hydrated throughout the course of a detox? Same goes for a face detox. Mist with a hydrating toner to balance and prepare skin for moisturizer, like Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator. Next, apply a rich lotion or cream, again, depending on your skin type. Dr. Alkaitis Organic Day Crème is designed for normal to oily skin, and The Beauty Chef Beauty Fix Balm works well on dry and sensitive skin.
Pollutants are an inevitable part of life. Giving skin a regular detox can help to keep it healthy and looking its best, and ward off premature signs of aging.
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