Detoxing Beauty Products - By Justine Jenkins
At this time of year, the word 'detox ' is on everyone's lips. The need to feel better and cleanse ourselves after the excessive alcohol and rich foods of the Christmas period seems top of everyone's list. For the majority of people, when you say 'detox' people automatically think of drinking juices and smoothies and eating healthily. In addition to a healthy eating regime, your skin is very important too. Its the largest organ of elimination on the human body. Here are three of my favourite beauty products to help you detox.
Dry skin brushing - this is an excellent way to improve circulation and the lymphatic system thus supporting the body to eliminate toxins. It removes dead skin cells and dried waste products excreted through the skin. Use a natural bristle brush and always brush toward the heart and clockwise around the stomach area. At first the sensation may feel a little unusual, but if you keep it up you'll also improve the softness and texture of your skin and see a reduction in the appearance of any cellulite. My preferred brush is by Liz Earle - this one as a long handle to reach awkward areas. (Note - do not use over broken skin or varicose veins). For more information on the many benefits of body brushing, have a read here.
Epsom salts - The scientific name for epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium and sulfur are both essential nutrients, but the amount consumed through our food has dropped due to magnesium levels in soil depleting over time, and the increasing prevalence of processed foods in our diet. However, both minerals absorb readily via the skin. A warm bath with added salts aids the elimination of toxins and has many other benefits. According to the Epsom Salt Industry Council, "a lack of magnesium—which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins."
You can purchase them online or through most chemists and health food stores. We love this version from Holland & Barrett.
Mud/clay face masks - mud and clay help to unblock pores and draw out impurities from the skin, so is the perfect ingredient for a detoxing face mask. Leave on the skin for 10 minutes, lie back and relax (maybe in an Epsom salt bath?). Your skin will immediately feel cleaner and look brighter.
Green clay from Neals Yard Remedies is perfect for a homemade mask or if you prefer to purchase your masks ready made then try Pur Minerals Mineral Mudd or The Body Shops Seaweed Ionic Clay mask.