With all of the chemicals, pollutants, dust, dirt and more that your skin comes into contact with each day, taking some time to purify your skin can go a long way in helping you to achieve a clearer and brighter complexion.
How exactly do you go about purifying your skin?
Here are eight tips to follow:
Cleanse and Exfoliate Regularly
One of the simplest ways to purify your skin is by cleansing and exfoliating it.
Both of these techniques help to rid your skin of unwanted particles, and both should be done on a regular basis.
You should be cleansing your skin at the end of each day. This helps to keep your skin and pores clear of the dirt, bacteria and other substances that build up on the surface of the skin over the course of the day.
If you want to purify your skin even more with your cleansing technique…
Give double cleansing a try. This makes use of both an oil-based and water-based cleanser, ensuring that not a single unwanted particle is left behind.
How about exfoliation?
This should be done around two to three times a week, depending on your skin type, as well as the method of exfoliation that you have chosen.
Use a Purifying Face Mask
A face mask is such an effective way to purify your skin.
Because certain face masks contain ingredients that are able to draw toxins out from deep within your skin, acting in a similar way that a magnet would to metal.
Of course, there are so many different face mask types and ingredients out there, so how do you know if a particular face mask is a purifying one?
Well, if it doesn’t say so on the label, take a look at its ingredients…
Mud masks are incredibly purifying, because not only do they pull waste materials out of the skin, but they also unclog the pores and provide the skin with a range of minerals.
Clay masks work in a similar way, no matter the type of clay that is used, while charcoal is another popular option for purifying purposes.
Try Purifying Baths
Face masks are great for when you want to directly purify the skin on your face, but what about the skin on the rest of your body?
This is where purifying baths come in, as they feature ingredients that help to draw impurities out of the pores from all over your body.
How do you put together a purifying bath?
Simply add some Epsom salts to your hot bath water, before soaking yourself for 10 to 15 minutes. To make the experience even more luxurious, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the water too. Lavender is especially calming!
The amount of water that you drink has a huge effect on how your skin is able to naturally detox and purify itself.
Water enables your body, as well as your skin, to flush out toxins. It also enables your skin to function optimally in other areas, keeping your complexion as healthy as can be.
So, how much water should you be drinking?
About two liters a day would be ideal, although you will need to increase this if you have been sweating a lot. This figure can also vary depending on your body weight.
Can’t seem to drink enough water each day?
Infused waters are a great way to make water more interesting, as you can use just about any fruit you want to add a tangy twist to plain water.
Teas count towards your water intake too, whether this may be black tea, white tea or a herbal tea.
In fact, certain herbal teas are able to promote skin detoxification.
- Chrysanthemum – neutralizes toxins and cleanses the liver
- Red Clover – stimulates the liver to remove toxins
- Lemongrass – boasts cleansing properties
- Dandelion – has a diuretic effect, helping the liver to flush out toxins
- Peppermint – a cleansing herb that aids in digestion
If you decide to use herbal teas to help purify your skin…
Make sure that the herbs or teas you purchase are organic/wild, loose leaf and, if possible, locally grown.
Maintain a Clean Diet
With your skin being your body’s largest organ, it should come as no surprise that the health of your skin is directly impacted by the food that you eat.
Good foods will support your skin and purify it, while bad foods will result in a higher amount of toxins, not only in your skin but also the rest of your body.
So, what should you be eating?
Here are some of the best foods for your skin:
- Fatty fish – fish such as mackerel and salmon and packed with omega fatty acids. These moisturize the skin and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, enabling it to better keep toxins out. Fatty fish is also a great source of vitamin E, which protects the skin from damage and boosts healing, and also contains zinc, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory
- Nuts and seeds – packed with skin-boosting nutrients, from essential fatty acids to zinc to vitamins. Walnuts are especially powerful, as are sunflower seeds
- Sweet potatoes and other red/orange vegetables – these contain beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. As you may already know, vitamin A is one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients out there, protecting the skin from sun damage, cell death, wrinkles and more
- Broccoli – contains a couple of unique compounds. One is called lutein, which works in a similar way to beta-carotene. The other is known as sulforaphane, which neutralizes free radicals and triggers the body into better protecting itself from sun damage. Sulforaphane has also recently been found to have strong anti-cancer effects
- Dark chocolate – extremely high in antioxidants, with studies finding that dark chocolate can help with everything from the reduction of wrinkles to protection from UV rays
As you can see, all of the above foods have one thing in common…
They are all whole foods, and haven’t been processed in any way (with the exception of dark chocolate, although that undergoes far less processing than other types of chocolate).
How about the foods that you shouldn’t be eating?
Let’s begin with sugar, as well as the foods that contain this dangerous ingredient. Everything from white bread and popcorn to cupcakes and fizzy drinks give your body a sugar rush.
Why is this bad?
Well, while your liver does pick up some of this excess sugar, the rest of it ends up circulating around your body and causing damage to your cells, including your skin cells. It also leads to inflammation, and can trigger a number of different skin conditions.
Too much salt is also bad, as this will dehydrate your skin, and alcohol has the same effect.
What about dairy?
This is a tricky one…
Dairy does contain hormones, and although the exact outcome of this is still unknown, these hormones are not likely to help with purifying your skin.
Wondering if dairy causes acne?
A strong link between the two has been witnessed, but dairy does also contain quite a high sugar content. While many experience a decrease in acne breakouts after dropping dairy from their diet, this could be because of the sugar rather than the dairy itself says Mindy, a professional cosmetologist-blogger who wrote an article on how to become a cosmetologist.
Nevertheless, your best bet, if you enjoy dairy, would be to look for dairy products that don’t contain any added sugars, and have also come from cows that haven’t been treated with any hormones.
Try a Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Before going into what a lymphatic drainage massage is, there are a couple of things that you need to know about your lymphatic system.
Do you know what your lymphatic system is, or what it does?
Your lymphatic system is a part of your circulatory system, meaning that it is important when it comes to purifying the body of toxins and waste.
Sadly, for many people, the toxins build up to quite an extent in their bodies, and this overloads the lymphatic system, preventing it from doing its job.
The result of all of this shows up in your skin, in the form of everything from wrinkles and acne to visible pores and oiliness.
One way to really purify your skin would be to give your lymphatic system a bit of a boost.
How can you do this?
With a lymphatic drainage massage!
It has been proven that certain types of massage are able to stimulate the lymphatic system in a couple of different ways.
So, what exactly does a lymphatic drainage massage involve?
It makes use of long and rhythmic strokes, with a very gentle amount of pressure. A heated room is also important, as the warmth is vital when it comes to increasing lymphatic flow.
It is best carried out by a professional, since they will understand which pressure points around your body will trigger the lymphatic system.
Want to get the most out of your massage?
Make sure that you drink plenty of water before and after, as your lymphatic system will need this in order to properly drain the toxins out of your body.
Use Purifying Serums
Serums are fantastic skin care products, because not only do they moisturize the skin, but they are also able to deliver ingredients deeply into the skin, in a way that many other skin care products simply cannot do.
How are they able to do this?
It all comes down to the way in which they have been formulated. Although they contain moisturizing ingredients, all of the heavier ingredients usually found in a moisturizer are left out of a serum, giving them a lightweight consistency. This means that the skin is able to quickly soak them up.
Serums contain high concentrations of powerful active ingredients, and there are serums out there that target just about every skin issue you could imagine.
When it comes to purifying your skin, a purifying serum is a great tool to add to your skin care arsenal.
These will usually contain a large amount of natural ingredients, since the key to purifying the skin is eliminating toxins and chemicals.
When choosing a purifying serum…
You still need to keep your skin type in mind. There are many purifying serums out there, and in order for one to work for your skin in the best way possible, it needs to have been formulated with your specific skin type in mind.
Sweat It Out
Many people think sweating is bad for their skin, but this is not actually true…
When sweat is left to linger on the skin, it ends up delving into pores and blocking them up, resulting in breakouts.
However, the actual act of sweating is extremely beneficial when it comes to purifying the skin, so long as the sweat isn’t left to sit on the skin’s surface.
How does sweating purify the skin?
By flushing out toxins and unclogging the pores, with the pores opening up to release the sweat within them.
Studies have found that a number of toxic elements from within the body are excreted through sweat, all of which would have caused everything from blemishes to pimples.
Of course, you do need to be careful about this if you have hyperhidrosis, which is a condition that causes excessive sweating. This can actually increase your chances of developing certain skin conditions, from warts to eczema.
To avoid excessive sweating, make sure that you are avoiding common triggers, which can include caffeine and tight clothing made from a non-breathable fabric.
Skin purification is not something that happens overnight. Instead, it does take some time and effort in order to properly rid the skin of toxins. These efforts also need to be ongoing, since your skin faces an onslaught of toxins each and every day, so do make sure that you follow the above tips on a regular basis.