Detoxification is a way to reset the body through the removal and elimination of toxins that have harmful effects on the body including various diseases, lethargy and an overall feeling of a lack of energy. These toxins enter your body through the environment, the food you consume and any poor lifestyle habits such as smoking. Detoxification is not a new concept, in fact, it has been practiced for centuries around the world and is quite common in the Chinese tradition.
Being the largest human organ, the skin is very largely affected through these toxins, picking up dirt and grime and causing its pores to clog. This not only makes the skin dull but also causes skin problems such as acne, dryness and flaky skin.
Detoxification of skin can be done using various methods. Read on to find out how you can help protect your skin from disease and renew your ability to maintain its glow and brightness!
The most important thing about detoxification is to reduce the amounts of toxins that enter the body. A large amount of these toxins come from the food we eat. Elimination of alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars, and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins body and are obstacles to the healing process will help with the detoxification process. Switching to organic, homemade food as opposed to instant, and fast food is recommended. Include plenty of fiber, organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs such as dandelion root, vitamin C and green tea, all of which are detoxifying foods. Some detox methods that you can try out are Fruit and Veggie Detox, Smoothie Cleanse, Juice Cleanse and a Sugar Detox.
Yoga and meditation
Yoga and meditation are simple and effective ways to detox the body. They help improve blood circulation, improve digestion, improve flexibility, help to relieve stress and give you a boost of energy. Some of the yoga poses suggested for detoxification include child’s pose, downward-facing dog, mountain pose and chair pose. Try these poses and others during your next yoga session and start your detoxification process.
Give your skin a break!
Sometimes what your skin needs desperately is a makeup detox. It’s no secret that most makeup products are loaded with high amounts of lead, which can be very harmful for the skin and can cause irritation, breakouts and other skin conditions. Going makeup free for some time or applying it occasionally will help it to breathe and help you deal with clogged pores, blackheads and acne more effectively. Another way to give your skin a break is to opt for natural, organic makeup that can also be made at home. Our absolute favorite is the lavender mint lip balm made of organic beeswax, shea butter coconut oil, and peppermint and lavender essential oil.
Take your Vitamin C
Vitamin C has great anti-aging properties and can play a remarkable role in the detoxification of the skin as it helps fight off the free radical that cause fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin and other premature signs of aging to occur on the skin. Having powerful antioxidant properties, Vitamin C can help fight against premature skin aging. Vitamin C flush is a detox method that recommends including high amounts of vitamin C to your diet at regular intervals until you produce watery stool. This may help with anti-aging, boosting the immune system, protecting the body from chemical toxins and helping to ward off any infection.
Various herbal teas play an active role in body and skin detoxification. Packed with power antioxidants, they help fight off free radicals and also reduce oxidative damage. Free radicals and oxidative damage attack your skin cells and exacerbate the aging process, causing wrinkles while also raising your risk for illness and disease. Hibiscus tea is a great detox tea and can help your skin look dewy, fresh and youthful!
Drink Lots of Water
Increasing your water intake is a great way to kick start your skin detoxification process. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily water intake to around 91 ounces in order to eliminate toxins from the body and staying hydrated. It is recommended to reduce the intake of dehydrating beverages like coffee, sugary juices, and alcohol. Water helps to keep your skin hydrated, flushes toxins out of the body and keeps your skin supple and healthy.
Unhealthy stress levels are a hindrance to a healthy lifestyle. It slows down the detoxification process in the liver and can easily aggravate skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It is therefore important to manage it actively.
Follow these steps to start your skin and body detox. It will help you feel energetic, lively and will keep you safe from any potential diseases. Until next time, toodles!