It is a fact that our body produces new skin cells every day and that when it does, the skin pushes the dead cells to the surface of the skin where it clogs the pores and causes our skin to breakout into pimples, rash and even darken our skin and cause uneven skin tone. It is a fact that our body sheds up to 500 million dead cells every day so you can imagine how much dirt is deposited on our skin daily. And that is besides our skin’s exposure to pollutants and dirt in the environment coupled with harmful weather and environmental elements. Need I say how important it is to detoxify our skin regularly?
I know that we live busy lives; I also know that the vast majority of us want brighter, clearer, beautiful and glowing youthful skin. But how do you achieve that if you do not take care of yourself? The solution? – Skin detox!
So, how can you detoxify your skin? Here are a few steps to skin detox and how to achieve naturally glowing skin.
DRY BODY BRUSHING
Why do we need dry body brushing? For start, it is a good cure for cellulite which build up on our thighs and around our body caused by toxins in our body. Dry body brushing also improves blood circulation which sometimes can be slow in people. Dry brushing also helps to rid the skin of dead cells.
All you need is a long brush that has soft, natural bristles and always brush gently using circular motions. I usually begin from my feet and work my way all the way up because this is the best way to improve blood circulation while sloughing off dead cells that cause your skin dullness. If you are too busy to do this yourself, get someone to help you or go to a spa and request for a body polish.
Steaming helps your body to get rid of toxins as well as open up our skin pores. Steaming also improves circulation while helping you to relax. Certain essential oils are known for their detoxifying effect such as rosemary oil and grapefruit oil. I also use lemon oil, orange oil and lemon grass oil. The beautiful thing about steaming is that it gets rid of toxins, opens up your pores and relaxes you at the same time therefore steaming is good for both the mind and body.
To steam at home, get a bowl and fill with boiling water, add a few drops of essential oils – sometimes, I brew fresh lemongrass and steam over it. In Nigeria, this alone cures fever and any related feverish conditions like flu and cold. I also shred lemon or orange peel into the hot water as well. Afterwards, I get a large towel, lower my head a few inches away from the hot water and cover my head and the bowl with the towel to trap the steam in. Remember that you only need the steam of the water so please do not go too close to the water and get your face burnt.
If you are too busy, you can go to a spa for a full body steam or facial steam.
A PURIFYING AND CALMING MASSAGE
A purifying and calming massage will help release toxins and relief stress at the same time. My go-to essential oils are eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, chamomile oil, olive oil, vanilla oil, shea butter and peppermint oil. So you can make a creamy mix from this to use for the massage. I use natural vanilla oil because it purifies the skin. Here is my purifying and calming massage cream recipe:
1 tablespoon shea butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 drops peppermint oil
2 drops eucalyptus oil
5 drops lavender oil
5 drops chamomile oil
5 drops vanilla oil
A purifying mask not only releases toxins but purifies the skin and firms up the skin. For this, I usually use bentonite clay, turmeric, cocoa powder, milk and water.
If you can do these religiously every week or twice weekly, you will have a gorgeous. beautiful skin.
I would love to hear from you so share with us some of your skin detoxifying tips.