It’s not exactly pleasant to think about, but every day, our faces are bombarded with toxins and impurities. This pollution may be the culprit behind your most frustrating skin problems. Toxins can cause unsightly blackheads, below-the-skin bumps that seem like they never go away, and other blemishes.
They lower our skin’s ability to regenerate and turn over new skin cells, making your complexion look dull, tired, and dry. And finally, they also accelerate the ageing process. In a word: eek! If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it might be time to take a few steps toward seriously detoxifying your skin. We consulted with pros to learn the best — and most affordable — ways to purify your complexion so you’ll always look healthy and radiant.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Your Face
The old adage “you are what you eat” doesn’t just apply to your overall health. Science has continually proven that everything we ingest also has an effect on the biggest organ in our bodies, our skin. This means our food choices actually play a large role in what we see in the mirror every day.
If you want to improve your skin’s natural hydration and suppleness and promote healthy oil production, cosmetic dermatologist Christopher O’Connell, MD, says a key dietary ingredient to add to your diet is omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, our bodies aren’t capable of producing them on their own, so we have to make the effort to add them to our daily diet to reap the skin care rewards.
“Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in wild-caught salmon and veggies like spinach,” he said. They can also be found in healthy snacks like walnuts and you can add them to smoothies, yogurt, or juices in the form of flax seeds. The recommended daily dose can range from 500 to 1,000 mg. For reference, one can of tuna fish provides just over 500 mg. Omega-3 supplements can also help achieve your skin care goals, but you should talk to your doctor before adding them to your routine.
2. Aromatherapy For Your Skin
Celebrity makeup artist Tasha Brown said another great tip for detoxing tired, stressed skin is to steam your face with the help of essential oils.
“I like to prep the skin with a hot towel with a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oil to soothe and wake up skin,” she explained. The effect of the steam along with the oils will open up pores and loosen debris and toxins they may be holding, making it easier to gently cleanse them away.
You can employ this method at night to aid in your skin’s ability to absorb products for about five to 10 minutes before using your face wash, and you can do the same in the a.m. to achieve the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application. Just keep in mind that skin exposed to hot water too often can lead to dryness, so be sure to alternate your steaming days so you don’t overdo it.
If your skin is sensitive or prone to dryness, there’s an alternative way to steam. First, heat five cups of water. After it cools a bit, pour it into a bowl and add a few drops of your preferred oils (rose and jasmine are ideal when it comes to steaming sensitive skin). Place your head a few inches above the bowl, drape yourself with a towel, and let the steam work its magic.
3. Stick to Your Routine
It’s easy to stray from our usual skin care routines when our calendars are packed to the brim with social events and long work hours. Sometimes, it’s just way easier (and much more enticing) to slip into bed than to wash the day away and apply your favourite potions. You might be able to get away with it occasionally, but if you make it a habit, your skin will soon be riddled with impurities and unwanted toxins.
To reset skin and ease back into your routine, RealSelf contributor Dr. Sejal Shah said you should start with the regular use of a gentle cleanser. “I often find double cleansing helpful,” she added. Her suggestions included an oil-based cleanser to help melt off makeup residue.
To ensure your face is completely clean, apply your favourite cleanser to dry skin in circular motions and wait for a minute or two before gently washing away with warm water. This downtime allows the cleanser to break down dirt, unwanted oil, and makeup so that it’s easier to actually remove instead of just moving it around your face.-PopSugar