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Tips for a DIY Skin Spring Detox
The arrival of spring can only mean two things to me: big spring cleaning of the house and skin detox to get rid of all the hazards the winter has brought to my skin. Earlier, I have done only the first one, while neglecting the other, because I did not have the time and money to visit a beautician and leave all the work to the hands of an expert. That was before I have realized that doing your own skin detox is not as complicated as it might sound, and not nearly as expensive as visiting the beautician. So, if you are ready for your own DIY spring skin cleaning, I will guide you through that process.
Beauty Comes from the Inside
You know what this means, right? Our skin is the reflection of our overall health, and the food we are consuming largely impacts on the skin’s appearance. Dehydration has the worst impact on our skin, making it dry and dull, so make sure you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. As for diet, avoid any food that can harm your skin – fats, sugars, heavily processed foods, etc. Instead, eat the one that will nourish your skin with the right vitamins and minerals. Some of the best detox foods out there are almonds, beets, cabbage, hazelnuts, sesame, sunflower seeds, avocado, citrus fruits, tahini, etc.
Cleansing the Surface
We all know that exfoliation is the best way to get rid of the dead skin cells and clear the pores. But scrubs can be hard on our skin, and if used excessively they can damage it. I prefer to start my skin detox with steaming my face. Steaming not only helps remove a thin layer of dead skin, but it also cleans any trapped dirt in the pores, while not putting too much pressure on the skin. Here is how to do your own steaming.
1. Wash your face thoroughly with lukewarm water;
2. Pour distilled water into a pot and bring to a boil;
3. Add some drops of essential oil (optional). I prefer lavender, but coconut does wonders for skin, too;
4. Pour the boiled water into a glass bowl;
5. Put your face over the boil;
6. Cover your head with a towel;
7. Stay over steam for about 10 minute;
Only after the steaming, I start with my spring exfoliating. I prefer using all natural scrubs. Depending on the mood, I opt for the ordinary baking soda + water or make oatmeal + honey + sugar mix. No matter which scrub you are using, after applying it, rub it with circular movements 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse.
Choosing the Right Products
Though I can make some masks by myself, there are plenty of essential products for skincare which are not covered by the DIY domain. Still, as you might have noticed, I prefer to all natural skincare, and I stick to it when it comes to purchasing the products. The hydrating skin mask from Skin Matrix which I use, sooths and moisturizes my skin and it is absorbed quite well after steaming and exfoliating. So, if you have decided to detoxify your skin, you must first start from your vanity case and bathroom cabinet, and check which of the products you are using are polluted by dangerous chemicals harming your skin on a daily basis. Check the labels for fragrance, parabens, phthalates, boric acid, BHA, heavy metals, triclosan, formaldehyde, polyethelyne and preservatives that end in “-thiazolinone”, and then ditch the products with those ingredients. All of them are not only potential skin irritants, but they are affecting your overall health and some of them are even carcinogenic.
Once you are done, your skin will feel a lot smoother and healthier. If you have gotten rid of some bad habits and harmful products on the way, those effects will be long lasting.
PETER IS A FASHION AND BEAUTY WRITER FOR HIGHSTYLELIFE MAGAZINE LOCATED IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA. GRADUATED FROM AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE DESIGN, HE WORKED AS A WARDROBE ASSISTANT FOR MANY LOCAL FASHION EVENTS. BESIDE FASHION, HE LOVES READING, MAKING HOMEMADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS, COOKING EXOTIC MEALS AND TRAVEL AROUND TROPICAL DESTINATIONS. COMBINING ALL HIS SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE ALONG WITH HIS COMPLETE AND UTTER PASSION FOR FASHION AND BEAUTY, HE IS PLANNING TO LAUNCH HIS OWN BLOG ABOUT LIFE-SAVING TIPS. PETER’S FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
Hope you have a great weekend, with many smiles! Thanks for the sweet comments!