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The beginner's guide to skin detoxing


Whether it's dull, shiny, breaking out or super sensitive, there comes a point when our skin doesn't look so hot and begs us to stop neglecting it. That's when you know it's time for a facial detox. This means dedicating at least a week to revive your skin by removing all impurities, toxins, dirt and dead skin cells.

Feel like it's time for a fresh start? Here's what you need to know to start detoxing:


When to detox?

When you notice problems with your skin, like uneven tone, oiliness, enhanced lines, dryness or sensitivity, a detox can be the perfect solution. These rejuvenating skincare treatments are also the key to recovering after a long vacation, starting fresh after the holiday season or adjusting to changes in your complexion or skin type.


How to detox?

It's time to get excited about face masks. These purifying remedies will help repair skin, remove impurities, unclog pores and restore a bright glow to your complexion. Grab your favorite ELEMIS face mask, and leave it on for a little longer than usual during your detox. While you wait, relax in a hot bath, as the steam will activate the ingredients even more. You should also step up your exfoliating game, aiming for about three or four times a week. Dermatologists especially recommend using products with detoxifying ingredients, such as clay, charcoal, mud, vitamin C and algae. With the anti-aging, revitalizing properties of Mediterranean algae and Padina pavonica, the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Starter Collection will get you going with a cleansing balm, marine cream and eye treatment.


What are beauty foods?

A skin detox requires more than extra cleansing and hydration. It helps to consume "beauty foods" with natural detoxifying agents in them, such as blueberries, oats and citrus. Cut out dairy and fried foods during the detox, as these foods can lead to clogged pores and a dull complexion. Plus, get ready to drink buckets of water. If you can manage it, drink water or green tea in the morning instead of coffee, which can dehydrate your skin. It also helps to avoid alcohol, sodas or other sugary drinks. If you're ready to commit to an all-over detox, the ELEMIS RENEW 21 Day Digestive Support System will help cleanse your body, support digestive health and reduce bloating. And don't worry, once the detox is over, you can indulge again!

At the end of your detox, your skin will finally feel healthy and luminous again. When it's a truly fabulous detox, your complexion may even look and feel better than it ever has.