Six Steps to Skin Detox

Written by: Corinna Underwood

The appearance of your skin reveals much more about you than you may realize. For example, if your skin has a dull, sallow appearance, this could indicate that you have a buildup of harmful toxins in your body. If you want to eliminate impurities and revitalize your skin, here are six simple steps you can take.

Rehydrate

Drinking enough water is vital for helping your body to replace water loss from urine, sweating, breathing and other bodily functions, says Steven Guest, MD, a kidney expert and adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University, on WebMD.

Exfoliate

Using skin exfoliants will help to prevent a buildup of dead skin cells, which can cause blocked pores and lead to irritating skin conditions. You can use either a body scrub in the shower, or a soft-bristled brush to slough off dead skin.

Exercise

Ever wonder what physical exercise cannot do? Seems there is very little. When it comes to detoxing our skin, physical activity can come to the rescue once more. It boosts you metabolism and will help release toxins from your body. It doesn’t matter whether you spend an hour at the gym, run for five miles or walk for twenty minutes each day, you will soon feel the benefits.

Juice up

A daily drink of fresh fruit juice is very beneficial for your skin because of the high antioxidant content.  Dr. Ellen Murmur, MD, explains that antioxidants have the power to eliminate dangerous free radicals generated by pollution and sun damage. They are also being studied for their potential to protect the skin against sunburn and cancers.

Cleanse

Using a skin cleansing mask, such as bentonite clay will help draw the impurities from your skin. This will cleanse your pores, soften your skin and leave you with a healthy glow.

Relax

Excessive stress very quickly has a negative effect on your body that will soon show up in the form of dry and pale skin, dark circles and puffy skin around the eyes.

Not only will a detox give you healthier skin, it will also boost your immune system, improve your digestive system and increase your energy.

 On to You

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About the author

Corinna Underwood has been a professional health and fitness writer and editor for 16 years. Her writings have been published in Ultimate Athlete, Alternative Medicine, Vibrant Life,  Alive, and other publications.  You can follow her on Twitter at @rhizomatrix.