4 Ways to Detox Your Skin in 24 Hours
By Alison Abbey, Special Projects Editor |
Between the ingredients in your makeup and skin products and the daily dirt you acquire on top of it, sometimes your skin needs a time out. Give your skin the break it needs by doing a 24-hour dermal detox.
Even if you’re just a concealer-only gal or a light eye shadow user, any amount of makeup can clog your pores and suffocate your skin. Spend a day makeup-free and let your skin breathe. Letting your skin soak up oxygen helps reduce blemishes, redness and irritation.
There’s no denying the effectiveness of great beauty products. (We’re admittedly addicts ourselves.) But, giving your skin a day off from your usual treatments and topicals gives it a chance to renew itself. Think of it as taking the training wheels off a bike. Without product to rely on, your skin naturally executes the functions it was intended to do. Plus, giving your skin occasional time away from often-used ingredients such as parabens, preservatives and perfumes is a rejuvenating experience.
If you really want to draw out the toxins during your detox, there are some natural yet effective ways to do it. Organic apple cider vinegar has been shown to regulate pH levels in the skin and contains hydroxyl acids, which dissolve oil and sebum that clog pores. Applying strawberries as a mask or scrub can slough off dead skin cells, and help boost the production of new ones. They’re also great at soaking up oiliness and reducing under-eye puffiness.
After 24 hours, your skin will feel and look more radiant and refreshed. And, by detoxing your skin regularly (at least once a month), you’ll continue to see natural improvements in your skin. Ironically, these short spans sans makeup will decrease the need to wear so much makeup. It’s a healthy cycle that can lead to noticeable improvements.