The bake off contest. Ladies nights out. Getting the kids on the bus at the crack of dawn and last minute holiday shopping. Add the surplus of Christmas cookies and that constant ‘crunch time’ feeling at work.
December is full of cheer, but all of the stressors of the the holiday wreak havoc on your skin complexion.
The good news? A new year and a new you is right around the corner, and there’s no better time than now to your hangover skin with a detox that will kickstart 2019 with fresh and glowing skin. Your skin needs it more than ever after the tasty alcoholic beverages pulled the moisture out of your body. Everything you put in your body will affect your skin, and while it’s normal to neglect the largest organ of your body in December, these simple skin detox tips are proven to remove the pollutants, impurities, and toxins to leave your skin looking better than it ever has!
The secret is to dedicate one week to remove toxins from skin, but depending on your busy schedule, five days should do the trick! Read on to discover how to breath new life into your skin – it’s detox time!
Detox Begins With Your Diet
You may be thinking, “I thought this was a skin detox”, not a mind and body cleansing! Truth be told, the foods we eat have a big impact on our outer layer, so keep the dairy products, fried food, and sugar-loaded snacks on the shelves (remember, only for a week). Such food are recipes for pore-clogging and skin-dulling disasters, so watch what you eat from day one of your skin detox.
Stock up on a week’s supply of kale, bananas, broccoli, and other alkaline foods such as vegetables. Dust off your medical cabinet or head to the vitamin shop to fetch the alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium that strengthen your skin, allowing it to bounce back to a beautiful texture.
Purchasing these items is the easy part, but working them into your diet can be a challenge. Kale for breakfast, really? Go for a banana, walnut, and blueberry medley in a bowl followed by a ripe avocado with a pear. The kale superfood pairs nicely with avocado in the form of a nutrition-packed smoothie. Your mind, body, and skin will experience the benefits of your new diet within a week, but remember to do your best to maintain this new ‘detox diet’ throughout the whole year!
The 91 Ounces Water Rule
While you should be forcing yourself to drink around 91 ounces of water each day, a proper intake of this amount during your skin detox is crucial to remove toxins from skin. It’s normal if you are not drinking this much water every day, as most people forget the 91 ounce rule. But make no exceptions while you detox! We also recommend foregoing soda, alcohol, and coffee during your detox, as these liquids only serve to dehydrate you.
It’s not cheating if you achieve your total water intake with the help of a warm herbal tea throughout the day, but resist the urge to dump in a tablespoon of sugar and milk. Electrolyte-infused, low sugar beverages (think unsweetened coconut water) also make for another great alternative to plain water.
The Steam Clean
When it comes to a skin detox, water works wonders as a beverage and as a purifier for your skin. And all you need is a pot and a towel!
To steam your skin at home, bring a pot of water to a steaming boil, and then transfer the water to a bowl in a place. Hang your head over the steaming bowl and drape a towel behind to trap the water vapour. Hover your face above the bowl for ten minutes to allow the steam to extract as much grime as possible.
Next, draw out further impurities using Beautycounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask. This clay mask deep cleans to purify skin after too many holiday cookies and drinks.
Finish cleansing by using Beautycounter Cleansing Balm, which is loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients like vitamin C, raspberry, and cranberry seed oils
Take a Holistic Detox Bath
So far, a proper skin detox may sound like a new diet regimen and an overdose on water, but now it’s time to let the relaxation begin.
After you finish the steps above, we recommend a holistic and natural self-care detox bath with the Elixir Detox Bath Teas on the final days of your skin detox.
Rather than a bath filled with artificially scented concoctions, the Elixir Detox Bath Teas quench your skin in the aroma of rose petals and essential oils that are mixed with Dead Sea Salt, Epson Salt, and pink Himalayan sea salt. Set the water as hot as you can tolerate to draw toxins to the surface of your skin and repeat 2-3 times during your detox week. For best results, dry brush skin before stepping into the bath.
What are your favorite ways to detox and rejuvenate your skin after the holidays? Let us know in the comments!