Eat your way to detox
Skin nourishing foods will transform your complexion back to glowing, so increase your intake of green, leafy vegetables and fresh fruits. Salads are your best friends this month—not only will they help you shed those extra pounds you’ve put on after the festive gluttony, but will also help you achieve radiant skin. Make your salad colourful so that you benefit from different nutrients. Add freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juice to your diet. Coconut water has been hailed for its amazing detox capabilities. Also include foods that have high water content like cucumbers and melons.
Antioxidants are your skin’s glow savers—they protect it from premature ageing and environmental damage. Fruits high in antioxidants include grapefruits, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and pomegranates. Another effective detox tip is to strengthen your digestive system—eating smaller, lighter meals more frequently is what most dieticians recommend for a healthy gut.
Guzzle down the toxin avenger
The first rule in any dermatologist’s guide to detox is to increase your consumption of H2O. Nothing flushes toxins out of the system quite like water. A minimum of eight glasses or two litres of water sipped throughout the day will deliver nutrients to your cells, aid in toxin elimination and boost your metabolism, resulting in hydrated, youthful-looking skin.
Get your proper quota of shut-eye
Yes, we know, you couldn’t help it last month, what with all the manic partying. But lack of sleep not only means dull complexion, it also mean skin that is ageing faster than it should because of a marked decrease in collagen and keratin production. If you want to wake up to beautiful skin, try to hit the sack early, by 11pm at the latest. Add to sleep’s skin rejuvenating benefits by taking a quick 20-minute power nap in the afternoon as well.
Sweat it out
Get moving for at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise makes you feel and look younger and also happier (thanks to endorphins, the feel-good chemicals released during a workout). The key to not making those excuses every time you have to exercise is to find a workout regimen you enjoy—dancing, swimming, jogging, playing tennis… Sweating during a workout is good for your skin as it helps rid your body of excess toxins.
Boot the butt & other skin adversaries
Green may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is high in polyphenols which have anti-ageing properties. And while you languorously sip on a soothing cup of green tea, it is time to seriously think about cutting down on other dehydrating, toxin-generating agents like alcohol, coffee, colas, processed foods, refined sugar and, most importantly, smoking.
Your skin is your body’s largest toxin-eliminating organ, which is why skin brushing is one of the essential steps to gorgeous complexion. Skin brushing boosts circulation and cell renewal, reduces cellulite and puffiness, improves muscle tone and softens your skin. The best time for dry body brushing is first thing in the morning, before your shower. Start from your feet, brush in gentle, upward, circular movements towards your heart. Body brushing clears up clogged pores by removing dead cells, allowing your skin to detox more effectively.
Book an exotic massage
Here’s one tip we can imagine everyone smiling at. Going in for a clay or mud wrap is a rejuvenating way to get those toxins out of the system. The hour of relaxation, along with the exotic, skin-stimulating ingredients in the wrap are sure to make your skin glow.