Because achieving soft, clear and healthy skin can be hard, and frustrating at times, let's talk about the different elements that go into it and why we included them in this 7 Day Skin Detox Plan. There are the lucky few who suffer from one or two blemishes in a lifetime, and then there’s the rest of the world. For us, our skin, at some point or another has become a problem child to us. Unmistakably annoying, hard to get a handle on, and just plain unpredictable. And for good reason, your skin should not be that hard on you, but with the rise in air pollution, food pollution and consumption of toxic skincare, we lack the freedom to feel good about our complexion.
Let this year be the year of good skin and amazing beauty. Follow our 7 day skin detox routine for glowing, rejuvenated skin.
Feel free to continue it after the end of the week and incorporate it into your regular daily life!
Morning Citrus Water
Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, choose your flavor and squeeze yourself a tall, tangy glass of H2o first thing in the morning. This clears you out and helps with a number of internal bodily functions from cell renewal to colon function. Best of all, a healthy amount of water supports glowing, clear skin. Calculate how much water you should be drinking, per your weight, activity and workout schedule here.
Make Time for Walking
Go for a walk, everyday! A brisk walk– to get your blood flowing, oxygen pumping and most importantly try to get a little sweat going. This will open up the pores of your skin and release the toxins that have been built up. (Before leaving for your walk, wash your face to ensure that when your pores open up they aren’t being exposed to makeup, dirt and grime.) An increase in oxygen to your skin, through the blood, will also support a more healthy, clear complexion, as new cells generated, pushing out the old, dead ones.
Good, steady exercise is one of the cornerstones to healthy skin and a detoxed body. If you can keep up a good workout routine, improvements are likely to appear in your skin and other areas!
Clean Your Skin
One: Remove your makeup using coconut oil. Rub the oil all over your face and allow it to dissolve everything. Use a warm, wet wash cloth to wipe away the oil-makeup residue.
Two: Cleanse your face as usual with preferred organic face wash.
Every other day use the following gentle exfoliating face scrub recipe after removing your makeup and cleansing.
Exfoliate & Detox Your Skin
Orange & Green Tea Facial Exfoliator
Studies show that Green Tea helps the skin by flushing out toxins, improving complexion, reducing inflammation and even increasing elasticity.
Orange Peel, a powerhouse for nutrients, antioxidants and a high content of Vitamin C, prevents stress and damage of the skin while preserving moisture and promoting a healthy skin glow.
3 Tbs sugar
1 Small bag Green Tea
1 Tbs Organic Castor Oil (use coupon code DETOX to save 10%)
- Combine the sugar and tea together in a small bowl. Set aside for later.
- Peel the orange, saving the rind for later use. Blend the insides on medium until liquid.
- Now take the rind and chop it into small pieces.
- Add this to the orange juice and blend together until completely pulverized.
- Add the orange mixture to the tea/sugar mixture.
- Stir in 5 pumps of castor oil and then continuing stirring until ingredients are evenly combined.
- Apply to the skin with fingertips, rubbing circular motions to lightly exfoliate and cleanse. Application should take about 2 - 3 minutes and after you’re done, rinse your skin clean with water.
Steam Your Skin
Good skin doesn’t always come easily, but the idea that you have to be hard on your skin, using harsh chemicals and exfoliators is extreme. You’d be surprised at the benefits your skin can reap from something as gentle as steaming. Facial steaming allows for a physical detox to occur, as the pores open up and the skin relaxes. The steam works to pull the impurities out of the skin, giving you a radiant complexion as the result. Try to include some facial steaming into your skincare routine 2 - 3 times a week.
Directions for Facial Steaming:
Fill a bowl with hot water (not too hot). Drape a tea towel over your head, creating a tent for steam to fill between your face and the bowl. Steam for 3-5 minutes.
After steaming, you may use a gentle toner to close the pores, if you choose. Then go ahead and moisturize as usual!
Herbal Tea - Detox from the inside
It’s an age old remedy for many things, and a savored part of eastern medicine, along with thousands of other herbs. Tea's of all kinds claim to help the skin thrive, stay hydrated, and support a glowing complexion– that means there is no shortage of options to try.
Morning and/or night, make yourself a hot cup of one of the following teas to prompt a healthy detox of the skin.
Vitamins + Antioxidants
While we want to detox our skin using hydration, exercise and all of the sort, it’s just as important to build strong, lasting skin through diet, so that it can come up against even the toughest conditions, and still end up victoriously healthy and glowing. These antioxidants and vitamins can be added to the grocery list, in the form of fruits, vegetables and proteins to offer you a rich meal plan full of skin enhancing nutrients.
Beta Carotene is a pigment found in fruits and vegetables such as papaya, carrots and spinach, which gives them their color. When beta carotene enters the body, it is converted into Vitamin A– an important vitamin which promotes healthy skin, a strong immune system, good eye sigh and more. It’s also known as a useful agent in combatting sun sensitivity in those who have an intolerance to strong sun light.
Lutein is a yellow pigment found in leafy greens, egg yokes, and brightly colored fruits and vegetables that have a deep orangey/yellow tone. Lutein works in the same way that Beta Carotene does (in relation to Vitamin A) and helps to relieve the eyes and skin of oxidative stress.
Zinc is your fighting force when it comes to your skin. It’s your first line of defense, in any case, when you get a cut, a sunburn, a scrape. The skin relies on zinc for new cell production and all the while it actively works to decrease the risk of infection in the skin. In terms of skin preservation, zinc also preforms similarly to how antioxidants do, warning off unwanted free-radicals that come to damage the skins collagen producing cells. You can find zinc in many foods, such as shellfish, beef, pumpkin, cocoa, chickpeas and cashews.
Vitamins C + D + E
These vitamins are like the “ABCs,” so don’t forget them! (They aren’t hard to remember.) You need these vitamins to balance out the body. Even more, they keep your skin in check.
C is the anti-ager. It’s on the ball in helping to reduce dark spots and wrinkles. BEST of all, it will repel the UV rays. Keep those UV rays away and your skin’s youthful glow and firmness will last longer than you’d ever imagine.
Natural vitamin D is harder to come by in foods the vitamin C or E. It’s an elusive vitamin, and could raise some controversy when it comes to it’s good for skin. When we’re talking about vitamin D in the form foods, it’s simple and safe bet. But when it comes to the sun, you have to be careful. Sunlight can easily damage your skin with it’s UV rays, if you get too much of it. Doctors do recommend a small, daily dose of indirect sunlight, to reap the vitamin D benefits it offers.
Finally, Vitamin E. It’s the ultimate moisturizer. It keeps the skin supple and hydrated, and can be absorbed through the foods you eat, or it can be applied topically. Both are great ways to get your fix of vitamin e and can be done together. Find vitamin E in almonds, sunflower seeds, mango, kale, avocado, sweet potato, butternut squash and broccoli.
You’re free to be creative and try different meals using vitamin and nutrient rich foods!
Make an effort to drink one fruit + veggie packed smoothie a day, whenever desired. Here’s our detoxifying, antioxidant rich smoothie recipe.
Berry Green Smoothie
1/2 Cup Chopped Papaya
1 Small Hand full of Spinach
3/4 Cup Blueberries
1/4 Cup Almond milk
1/3 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Pack Acai Berry Frozen Mixture
Add protein to make it a meal replacement.
Blend together and enjoy!
When following this 7 day skin detox beauty guide, try to incorporate as many steps as possible on a daily basis (except the facial exfoliator, do this once at the start and once at the end). We hope you will enjoy it and if you have any questions, simply comment below.