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Published: June 21, 2022

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, which is reason enough for you to give it a little extra love from time to time. A skin detox is a great way to improve your skin health and improve issues like dull skin, dry skin, irritated skin, or acne-prone skin.

What Is a Skin Detox?

Your skin deals with environmental damage daily and is prone to clogged pores from makeup, pollutants, and dead skin cells. Unfortunately, clogged pores are acne-prone, dull, and sensitive. Detoxing your skin means removing as many of the impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells clogging your pores as possible to cleanse, treat, brighten, hydrate, and soothe your skin.

Our complete 10-step skin detox guide will walk you through exactly how to achieve a healthier, brighter complexion with a skin detox. But before you start, here are some tips to keep in mind to boost the skin detoxification process and achieve healthier skin. If you can, incorporate them into your daily routine.

Quick skin care tips:

  • Before you get out of the shower, turn the water from hot to cold—this helps push toxins out from the pores.
  • Always wash your face after exercise—you don't want the sweat sitting on your face longer than it needs to be.
  • Clean your phone screen—bacteria can sit on your phone and transfer to your face.
  • Avoid excessively touching your face, since your fingers carry oils and bacteria that can clog your pores.

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A skin detox doesn't need to be part of your daily skincare ritual, but it's a good idea to perform a week-long skin detox cycle every 3 months or so in the evening. Prioritizing your skin health is self care; enjoy this relaxing ritual while enjoying a brighter, healthier, glowing complexion.

Step 1: Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water helps flush your pores of toxins and promote healthy, clearer skin. According to the Institute of Medicine, you should drink around 91 ounces of water a day (or about 10 glasses of water a day) if you're aiming to flush toxins from your system. During your detox, drink plenty of water and try to steer away from alcohol and sugary juices.

Step 2: Make a Morning Detox

The use of apple cider vinegar for detoxification goes back thousands of years. Apple cider vinegar is known to help your pH balance get back to an alkaline zone, which gets your digestive system back in order, keeps your energy higher from natural resources, and is naturally stimulates the detox of your liver. Swap out your morning cup of coffee for a morning detox elixir; you may miss that cup of joe, but your body will adjust and you will eventually feel healthier and cleaner.

Step 3: Double Cleanse

Double cleansing might be a change from your typical skincare routine, but it's extremely important during a skin detox. To start, cleanse with an oil-based cleanser. Next, cleanse with a high quality cleansing cream. The first part of your double cleansing routine will help remove makeup, dirt, excess oils, and pollution from your skin, while the second part will remove any remaining impurities that are left on the surface of your skin.

Step 4: Exfoliate Gently

Gentle exfoliators help to slough away all the pollution, makeup, oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and toxins that you are purging from your skin. Just be careful not to use a harsh, abrasive exfoliator that will irritate sensitive skin. Instead, use a gentle exfoliating formula like an enzymatic powder in your daily skin care ritual to remove pore-clogging agents while protecting you from skin damage.

Step 5: Steam Your Pores With Hot Water

After your double cleansing and exfoliating skincare routine, expose your skin to steam to allow skincare products to penetrate and clean out your pores. To steam your pores, bring a pot of water to boil, then transfer the water to a bowl. Hover your face above the bowl and drape a towel over your head to concentrate the steam to your facial pores for about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Add in Your Boosters

Now that your pores are open, clean, and ready to absorb the active ingredients in some targeted skincare products, start layering products proven to nourish and repair your skin. We'd recommend products like a vitamin c booster, natural retinol serum, and tea tree oil face serum. Vitamin C especially is a great detoxing agent.

Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C scavenges free radicals—pesky environmental aggressors that can cause things like fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, and other premature signs of aging to occur on the skin. So, protecting—and detoxifying—the skin from free radicals can help prevent premature skin aging.

Step 7: Time to Hydrate

Your skin detox wouldn't be complete without keeping your skin's moisture levels balanced. Opt for a hyaluronic acid serum designed to help lock water into the skin to reach optimum hydration levels. Follow up with an illuminating moisturizer to recharge and hydrate the skin. Algae adds moisture to the skin by improving the cell membranes, and it contains multiple antioxidants, essential amino acids, and omega-three fatty acids to detoxify the skin.

Step 8: Use a Detox Mask

Applying a leave-on detoxifying overnight face mask will help revitalize your skin and reveal a radiant complexion in the morning. Take advantage of the balm-like texture to deeply massage your detoxifying mask into your skin, circling the area around the eyes.

Step 9: Don't Neglect Your Morning Skincare Routine

Your morning routine during a skin detox should include cleansing, moisturizing with a peptide cream, and applying anti-aging sunscreen (in this specific order). Your moisturizer and sunscreen not only keep your skin protected from sun damage throughout the day, but they also provide a barrier against environmental aggressors like pollution.

Step 10: Eat a Clean, Balanced Diet

What you put into your body affects your skin as much as what you put on it, so it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and adapt your diet to your skin detoxification goals. In particular, keep away from dairy products, fried foods, and sugars, which all cause clogged pores and dull skin, for the duration of your detox. Instead, opt for lots of alkaline-rich fruits and vegetables like pears, broccoli, leafy greens, watermelon, and bananas. Alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium keep skin strong, and healthy fats from foods like avocados and nuts will have you glowing from the inside.

Start Your Skin Detox Today With Support From Comfort Zone

Just like a nutritional detox, a skin detox allows your skin to reboot. Detoxing stimulates a healthier environment for your skin by fostering collagen and elastin development, boosting cell metabolism, increasing cell turnover, and improving the skin barrier.

When you're ready to expel toxins and nourish your skin with products packed with proven ingredients, look no further than Comfort Zone products. Our vegan, cruelty-free skincare products are research-backed and proven effective. They're gender neutral and suitable for every age and skin type. Jumpstart a healthy lifestyle by taking care of yourself from the outside in.

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