You have a real struggle between keeping your skin soft and clear and avoiding chemicals that can build up and cause premature aging and other health problems. Some products on the market are really toxic. You're not alone in wanting to find something more natural, safer, and more effective.
Let's take a look at one of the things people want: clean, clear skin. That means you want your skin to shine through and be natural.
What better way to achieve that than to truly get rid of toxins and build up regularly?
What A Detox Does In Your Body
Detox, or detoxification, helps remove toxins from your body. Your skin is the biggest elimination organ in the body, and when your body detoxes, it will push a lot of these toxins out of your skin. Of course, if you don't clean up your skin, those toxins can linger there, causing wrinkles, discoloration, and signs of aging.
Fortunately, your skin is one of the fastest things to replace itself in your whole body. You lose skin cells every day. Within a week, your skin can replace the top layers.
You can see this with a cut or a scrape. When you get a small scratch or a paper cut, it usually seals itself up within a couple of hours, and the scab falls off in a couple of days. Within two or three weeks, you never know it was there.
So, getting back to the detox, when your body pushes out these toxins through your skin, your skin can shed that off and get rid of the toxins. Eating organically, lots of fruits and vegetables, and living clean can keep your body healthy and reduce toxins.
So, when you do a regular detox, there's less to get rid of. And with having less to get rid of, that's how you can keep your skin looking good.
Your Skin Is Your Biggest Detox Organ – It Needs Cleaning Out
You can help your skin with a couple of techniques to remove dead skin cells, moisturize, and keep it clean. Let's take a look at them.
One of the biggest causes of acne is dead skin cells and toxin build-up. By removing the dead skin cells and toxins from the surface of your skin, you can help keep your pores clean.
Washing is essential, but the soap you chose is even more critical. We have a great article about soaps here. The main gist is to select natural soaps that contain as few ingredients as possible and avoid harsh chemical cleansers that include things like sodium lauryl sulfate and other detergents that strip your skin of oil. You need the oil to protect your skin.
Another fabulous technique is dry brushing. This technique uses a soft bristle brush and gently goes over your skin to remove dead skin cells and improve the flow of lymphatic fluid throughout your body. You brush from the farthest point of your body inward to aid in the detoxification process.
Certain studies show this technique helps with detoxification, and it can help reduce depression and anxiety. The calming action of the brushing gives you a few moments to relax your body and understand you're taking care of yourself.
The last thing we're going to talk about is your exercise. Exercise is incredibly important for your skin to help keep it elastic and protective. Exercise helps improve your heart, which can get oxygen, blood, and nutrients to your skin faster, and it moves around your lymphatic fluid, which can help strengthen your immune system and clear out toxins more quickly. Then, washing after can be a wonderful ritual to keep your body clean.
How To Do A Detox The Right Way To Have Clear and Beautiful Skin
The first step of a detox is eating healthy foods regularly. The less you have to detox, the healthier you will be.
If you've never detoxed before, we recommend talking to a nutritionist that can take you through your first detox the proper way.
If you're looking to jump in and get started right away, we suggest doing this simple detox program:
Set aside nine days to do this properly.
For the first three days, slowly cut out meat, grains, nuts, and seeds. Increase the number of vegetables and fruit you eat.
For the middle three days, only consume fruits and vegetables. If you can, puree your fruits and vegetables, so you're doing more juices. Then, double the amount of water you drink, and you can have all the fruits and vegetables you want. Just make sure it's an equal division of fruits and vegetables.
For the last three days, add in your missing foods in this order:
- Nuts and seeds, starchy vegetables
What you'll find is your body feels lighter, and you'll need less food coming off the fast.
We want you to take away with a final word of warning - if you've never done a fast before, definitely talk to the nutritionist first. Don't try any of the harsher fasts or anything longer than three days without proper guidance.