How to Detox Your Skin

How to Detox Your Skin | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

How to Detox Your Skin | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

I hate when my skin gets in a funk. Usually, it is post stress-induced situation or post-traveling. Sometimes, it’s when I’ve been using too many makeup products on my face and haven’t given my skin a chance to breathe. And, I know, when I’m not eating good–whole grains, fruits, vegetables, small amounts of cheese and meat–it’s like waiting for a bomb to go off, and it’s out of my control. I will, without fail, get a breakout from eating too many processed foods/sugars. This happens to everyone, most of the time.

What is a Skin Detox?

Once I’ve returned to my normal, healthy eating habits, I like to do a skin detox. A skin detox is similar to doing a digestive system detox. You offer your skin a chance to self-cleanse by eliminating certain products for a set period of time to see faster results. There are 3 different ways of doing a skin detox, and each way is a more/less advanced at detoxing your skin.

1. No Makeup for 5-7 Days

   Pick a [week] when you plan to lounge around the house, or when you are feeling particularly rebellious. I promise you that if you have to see people, they won’t care that you’re makeup-free nearly as much as you think they will.”

–Adina Grigore, Skin Cleanse

This is a rather mild way of detoxing your skin. Actually, most women…and some men? should avoid wearing makeup on a daily basis. Makeup is meant to make you look older and more mature, but the reality is just that: makeup literally ages your skin faster. Thus, the less makeup you wear, the better. Try to just focus on your regular skincare routine morning and night. Add in a detoxing clay/charcoal mask a couple times through the week, and don’t forget to still apply your SPF moisturizer during the day.

2. Supplement Natural Products

The idea that you have to wash with products in order to get clean is marketing hype. Water cleans your skin, and your skin cleans your skin. It doesn’t [always] need soap–it needs a break. It needs to breathe.”

–Adina Grigore, Skin Cleanse

This routine concentrates on switching out a few of your store-bought skincare products with singular, natural products–in addition to avoiding makeup–for a week. For example, you could switch out your product cleanser with raw honey or castile soap; you could switch your conventional toner with a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar toner; or you could use Cold-pressed Olive oil or Avocado oil instead of your cream moisturizer. Whatever is easiest and available to supplement, do it! The less ingredients you’re applying to your skin, the easier it is on your skin to repair itself and fight off bacteria.

3. Nothing But Oil

Some of my clients love the challenge of going completely cold turkey, like I did. The second I suggest the idea of a product break, it’s as if they’ve been waiting for permission to abandon their beauty regimens their whole lives.”

–Adina Grigore, Skin Cleanse

The final and most effective way of detoxing your skin is taking a week-long break from makeup and all of your regular skincare products. You only use one thing morning and evening: oil. You use it to cleanse, tone, and moisturize all in one step. In the morning and the evening, rub your cold-pressed, extra virgin oil on your dry, makeup-free face, then splash with warm water 10 times. If there is still excess oil still on your face, don’t worry about it. This will be what keeps your skin moisturized throughout the day/night. Just pat dry with your face towel, and you’re good.

Which Oil Do I Use?

This depends on your skin type, but it also depends on your personal experience with certain oils. You can also mix a few oils together for extra nutrients. Here are a few recommendations for specific skin types:

All– Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil

Acne Prone/Oily– Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Hazelnut Oil

Dry– Olive Oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Coconut Oil

I also did this skin detox after I delivered my daughter because I felt like I hadn’t had the chance to properly do my skincare routine for 4 days. Plus, due to all the work my body was doing to recover and feed my daughter, my skin felt so dry, dull, and blemished along my jawline. This detox helped to reset my skin back to where it was before the delivery.

Comment below! 
What’s your favorite detox method?
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