A Skin Detox? … Yes, Please!

We’ve all heard about the many types of body detoxing from cleansing to juicing and everything in between, but have you heard of skin detoxing? Let me tell you all about it!

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Skin detoxing is basically skipping your entire beauty routine (specially chemical products) and giving your skin a break. It’s like fasting for your skin.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I used to suffer from acne, and still get an occasional zit or two here and there. Recently though, I’ve been faithful to a beauty routine that’s made a lot of difference in my skin texture and appearance. Why stop then you ask? Well, imagine doing the same workout over and over again, everyday, for a long time. After a while, your body will become accustomed to the workout and eventually the workout will stop having a positive effect. You’ll be stuck in a rut. Same goes for your skin. If you keep using the same products over and over again, eventually your skin adapts and adjusts to the point where the products won’t be as beneficial. Using even the most gentle products will leave a build up with time, a skin detox helps rid any build up and helps makes your skin pure again.

Every 3-4 months, when I feel my skin is becoming dull and grey, I go on a skin detox. For a whole week, I will only use water for cleansing and nothing more. During that time, I try my best to stay away from make up. A bare face is a pretty face. But, if I have to wear makeup, I use coconut oil to remove it then rinse with water. I don’t use moisturizers, creams or serums. If I feel my skin is a little dry, I will spray some organic rose water for a hydration boost.

After a few detoxing days, my skin’s PH and oils return to their normal levels. All product build up is gone, and your skin is new again! If you’re not big on a facial treatments, give skin detoxing a try, your skin will thank you for it!

Have you tried skin detoxing before? What are your thoughts on it? What do you do to make your skin feel like “new”?

XoXo,

Tamara

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  1. April 13, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Hi Tamara!

    I love your posts and especially this one about giving your skin a “break” but it immediately caught my attention that you may not be using the right products…

    I love the idea of doing a makeup detox (I used to do that every August and loved it so much that I’m now foundation free!) but if you’re using the right skin care products, there’s no need to detox from your washes, serums, etc. If you are experiencing buildup, exfoliation 1-2 a week is perfect. But your regular cleaner in the morning should be good enough to remove product from the previous night.

    The skin actually LIKES routine and this is an area, as opposed to your hair, that you do not need to keep changing products, as many people assume.

    If this method works for you that’s great! There’s definitely nothing wrong with going “au naturel” but could it be that your skin clears up when you detox for that week because you’re not using the right products?

    As an esthetics student I’m learning to recognize when it sounds like someone’s products may not be working for them the way they need them to. It sounds to me like you may need to try a different line that balances your acne prone skin–you shouldn’t have to take a break from something that’s good for you!

    Best wishes!

    Samantha

    • Tamara
      Author
      April 13, 2016 / 8:02 am

      Hey Samantha

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me! I’m actually very happy with the routine I have and I keep it extremely minimum. The cleanser I use is extremely gentle, everything is oil-free, paraben free … I exfoliate twice a week and about 2-3 times a week I use homemade apple cider vinegar toner (is apple cider good btw ?) but I feel that my skin gets dull every once in a while so I like to pause and give it a break, and I feel that helps too. I’m definitely not talking scientifically here but from a personal experience. Even with previous routines and different skin care I’ve done it… Maybe it’s all in my head or maybe my skin likes to go commando hahaha

      PS: I just recently bought a sonic face brush, because I heard it will help with the dullness issue. What do you think?

      Do you have any tips that you can share with us for making the skin looking fresh?

      XoXo,

      Tamara

  2. April 15, 2016 / 11:27 am

    ACV is very hot right now as a skin remedy, but you have to be careful how you use it. I definitely do not recommend using it as a face wash, as some people have been doing (way too drying!).

    As far as using it as a toner, you’d have to be pretty oily.

    Basically, a toner is used to neutralize the skin after cleansing or if there is excess oil remaining.

    If you have a ph balancing face wash that doesn’t strip your skin, and if there is no remaining oil coating your face after a wash, you do not need a toner.

    I have combination skin (an oily T-zone and dry to normal cheeks) and I use the Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser, by Image and it works great! I follow up with a peptide moisturizer, serum and mattefying sunscreen (oil/shine control) all from the Ormedic line they have, and I’m done! Perfectly balanced, no toner needed 🙂

    I also want to mention that ACV is considered an exfoliant and contains alcohol–It’s mild, but still… If your face isn’t super oily to begin with, using ACV could definitely contribute to any dryness you have, especially if your have dry skin to begin with!

    Now for the dull skin–exfoliating is the answer, but again it depends what you are using! No salt scrubs! Sugar scrubs I’d avoid on your face, too… bamboo scrubs are excellent and at home micro derm scrubs are great (pea sized amount with a pump of pure aloe vera gel–Epicuran makes the best micro derm exfoliant and calming aloe gel I’ve tried).

    1-2 times a week is great, so keep doing that, but ditch the brushes! I haven’t met one skin care professional that approves of them–they’re simply too harsh on the skin. When examining a client under a mag light you can tell who’s been using them/over abusing their skin with too much exfoliation. The consensus is: too harsh :/ ESPECIALLY if you have acne… In fact, it’s even worse for someone with acne because you can literally spread the bacteria to other places on your face. Not to mention how much is growing on those bristles for 3-4 weeks! Yikes!

    If you like using a brush, or you just feel like you need more of a deep cleansing, you can buy those cheap hand powered facial brushes. They work as deep as you need to go (without getting a professional cleansing) and you have more control because it’s not going so fast! And you can toss them at the end of the week because they’re cheap!

    As for brightening overall, exfoliate, keep your skin hydrated, get ahold of a brightening mask (Palmetto Derma rejuvenating antioxidant mask, is great!) and consider an antioxidant serum. The number one thing that’s made a difference to my overall “glow” has been the Ormedic Balancing anti-oxidant serum, by Image! I never thought I needed to add a serum into my skin diet, but it’s made a huge difference!

    Hope this helps! I’m happy to answer any more questions if I can!

    Samanatha

    • Tamara
      Author
      April 15, 2016 / 3:09 pm

      Wow!!! thank you so much Samantha for all that information! I know ACV is harsh and any other exfoliators too so I try to limit them. I’ve been doing some research about antioxidant serum trying to find the right one for me, one that’s oil -free and won’t brake me out. I actually started using face brush and I honestly like it. I don’t have acne anymore, just a bump or two some times, and I feel it’d cleaning my face so deeply. I’m also limiting how many times a week I use it as I know it’s kinda like an exfoliator. I used to use those sea sponges, but those were so harsh… Thanks a lot again Samantha, always pop up letting me know what I can improve in my skin care routine!

      XoXo,

      Tamara

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