No matter how you feel about the word “detox”, there’s no denying that our skin usually doesn’t feel or look so great after a few weeks of indulging in adorably packaged holiday chocolates and heaps of mashed potatoes with gravy. So, to restore our skin’s healthy glow, it’s important to give it a good ol’ pamper session or two (or three). Here’s how I’ve been detoxing my skin after the gorge fest that was this holiday season.
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There’s no better feeling than sweating out all of the toxins that have been stuck in your pores because of the baby soft skin that’s revealed in its aftermath.
Facial steaming is great for a number of reasons:
Firstly, it dilates the pores to help dirt and debris get out of there, which is great news for everybody, but especially for those who get pimples, since acne breakouts are caused by clogged pores.
Secondly, facial steaming primes the skin for product application, which allows the skincare products to sink in better than they normally would.
Thirdly, it only takes about 10 minutes out of your day to do (and is only used a couple times a week), so it’s not a very complicated or fussy step to add into your routine.
I personally use the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Pro Facial Steamer twice a week and it always feels like a miniature spa treatment at home. It’s sooo relaxing. I opt for about half of the recommended time (only 4 minutes) because I have a slight case of rosacea (and too much heat can aggravate it). However, if you don’t have sensitive skin, go for the full recommended 9 minutes to get the best results.
Exfoliation is so important. Although moisturizing prevents our skin from aging, it’s also a huge reason why dead skin cells stick around.
So, before laying on the serums and moisturizers, it’s really key to start off with a good exfoliator so your skincare products can properly absorb into your skin. I mean, why buy great moisturizers if your skin’s not soaking them up, right?
Exfoliation also helps to minimize the appearance of pores, which is great for oily skin types, however, it also works to increase blood flow and circulation and encourages new skin to grow — which are things every skin type can benefit from.
I really love the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle Treatment and Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser as they’re both gentle, yet really effective. They always leave my skin feeling refreshed, smooth, and squeaky clean, so I definitely recommend giving them a try if you get the chance!
3. Deep Cleanse
Everyday our skin is exposed to tons of stressors like UVA/UVB rays, smoke, fumes, dirt and more, so when we’ve overindulged in sugars and refined carbohydrates, it’s like double the aggravation for our skin.
I like to use a deep cleansing mask (the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask is great) to really draw everything out of my pores when I feel like my skin isn’t doing its best. It leaves the skin looking clear, bright, and hydrated, which is always a perfect canvas for your favourite moisturizer.