The 5-Step Guide to A Complete Skin Detox

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Dull, discolored skin and clogged pores can be a total confidence killer. Pair those with excess oil and inflammation, and chances are you could use a detoxifying boost. Here, we give you the products and tips you need to achieve and maintain a clean, radiant complexion that you’ll be proud to show off.

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The first step to any good skin-care regimen (some would argue it’s also the most important), is cleansing, which is essential to clean and clear skin. We suggest using a formula that does more than just remove your makeup like Lierac Purifying Cleanser, a foaming gel that works on both face and eyes. It uses probiotics and botanical honey to do away with bacteria and boost skin’s natural defense mechanisms. Star anise and lime extract act as astringents, leaving skin feeling clarified and refreshed. $24, lierac-usa.com

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The other serious skin-care step the experts swear by is exfoliation. Without it, your serums and creams can’t get in and go to work because they’ll be blocked out by dead skin and clogged pores. A bevy of exfoliating products are available, everything from toners and scrubs to creams and masks. One we think really works is Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack—a natural ingredient–packed mask (think avocado oil, acai, parsley, spinach and more) that the brand says to “think of this as a juice cleanse for your face.” Basically, you get to sit back and relax for 20 minutes while this detoxifying formula gets all the grime out. $22, glossier.com


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We know that skin reaches its optimum levels of regeneration while you sleep, so why not boost your treatment regimen before bed? Designed to purify your complexion as you snooze, Caudalie Polyphenol c15 Overnight Detox Oil is a 100-percent plant-based dry oil that pumps life back into your skin. Polyphenols (mega antioxidants) and vitamin C combine to shield skin from damaging free radicals and eliminate bad-for-your-skin toxins that lead to signs of aging. $52, us.caudalie.com


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Many experts will say that what shows on the outside is a reflection of what’s happening on the inside. This means that what you eat and drink, as well as your lifestyle habits that affect your internal functioning (smoking and workout preferences are two examples), will have an effect on the condition of your skin. Try a daily supplement program such as The Organic Pharmacy 10 Day Detox Kit, which involves taking two capsules per day, morning and night, to pump your body full of super antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients while it gets rid of the bad stuff that’s associated with dull skin, fatigue, digestive problems and more. $169, theorganicpharmacy.com

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When topical treatments aren’t giving you the deep-down clean you’re looking for, turn to the professionals for help. Most spas offer a wide range of facial services that aim to detoxify your skin and leave you with a supermodel-worthy glow. A few we recommend that will leave you looking and feeling incredibly pampered: bliss Spa Triple Oxygen Facial; Microdermabrasion at Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria in New York; and Natura Bissé Bali Flowers Skin Renewal at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

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