Cleansing and Detoxifying for Healthy Skin
Have you thought about how your skin health is affected by your internal health? Maybe you have, but the idea of cleansing and detoxifying for your skin's health may not have occurred to you. Many sources are claiming that cleansing and detoxifying may boost your skin's health and give it a healthy, even younger look. Cleansing may even help clear up acne. Here's how.
The Culprit: Toxins
Detoxification involves getting rid of toxins in the body. Skin-care professionals say that the skin is one of the primary "gates" through which the body ushers toxins out. When this process gets overloaded, they say, the skin gets overwhelmed and consequently inflamed and irritated trying to get the toxins out.
Toxins can be anything from free radicals (which can result from sun exposure), environmental toxins such as chemical exposure and cigarette smoke, medications, or even by-products from body processes like respiration and digestion.
In today's world, many people are concerned about the exposure to toxins that may be higher than it was in years past. After all, the modern world is full of synthetic substances and chemicals, many of which we take into our bodies without even thinking about them. Foods contain artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors; produce may have pesticide residue; animal foods may contain synthetic hormones and antibiotics. The list could go on! The point is, toxins are out there, and the potential for a toxin overload is quite real. And your skin bears the brunt of it.
What Kind of Cleanse is Best for Skin?
So how do you go about doing a cleanse for your skin's health? Here are some tips for various skin-specific cleansing methods and approaches.
# Fresh Juice
Some advocates of cleansing swear by fresh juice as a treatment for acne. Juicing vegetables and fruits and drinking them throughout the day instead of solid food (or just replacing a meal with juice) for a day or so is said to help flush the system and flood it with good nutrients. Some people have had success simply incorporating fresh fruit and vegetable juices into their otherwise healthy diet.
# Topical Detox
Some sources recommend detoxifying skin by exfoliating and helping your skin shed the top layer of dead skin cells. Use gentle exfoliation and steam on your face, and "brush" the skin of your body with a soft brush specifically for the purpose. Other health experts recommend a splash of cool water for the skin of your body, followed by a vigorous towel rub.
# Colon Cleansing
It's said that healthy digestion is essential for healthy skin tone. There are all sorts of colon cleansing options out there; choose one that fits your schedule and budget. Health experts point out that just about any colon cleanse that promotes digestive health will improve the health of your skin.
Note that health experts recommend following up any cleanse with a healthy lifestyle that will help maintain your detoxified state.
Experts have suggested that once the build up of toxins are removed topical products have a much higher rate of success, especially those containing antioxidants. The research goes on to explain that the toxins can actually degrade many of those precious actives that are found in the better quality products.