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How to do a skin detox

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Often, the most common skin complaints estheticians hear can be traced back to a single cause: skin toxicity. Skin detoxification can prevent and solve many skin concerns, like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, breakouts, clogged pores, skin sensitivity, dehydration, and more. Continue reading to learn how to help your skin detox.

What is skin detoxification?

Skin detoxification is when you improve and optimize the function of your skin’s naturally detoxifying systems. The skin has four ways of detoxifying itself: via sweat glands, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, and through breakouts – and there are easy measures you can take to aid these detoxification processes.

Why is it important?

We are constantly bombarded with both intrinsic (natural, chronological) aging and extrinsic (external, environmental) aging factors that cause skin toxicity, including:

  • Pollution: One of the most obvious factors in skin toxicity, pollution exposes us to dirt, smog, toxic gases, and skin aging free radicals that are absorbed into the skin.
  • Poor nutrition: 1 in 4 Americans eat some type of fast food every single day*. Unfortunately, a diet high in sugar, sodium, trans fats, and processed foods creates a toxic environment for your skin.
  • Climate: Almost any climate can contribute to skin toxicity, whether it’s extreme heat, cold, wind, lack of humidity, etc.
  • Dermal collagen decrease: This naturally occurs as you age and leads to moisture loss and dermal thinning, which leaves you vulnerable.
  • Stress: Stress can wreak havoc on the body due to the increase of the stress hormone, cortisol. This affects sebum production, microcirculation, and hydration levels.
  • Decrease of sebaceous glands: Another factor caused by chronological aging, this hinders proper skin barrier function.
  • Medication: Medications can increase sensitivity, cause dehydration, and weaken the skin’s immune system.
  • Lifestyle habits: Poor skin care habits, lack of sleep, UV exposure, and smoking all contribute to toxicity. An estimated 42.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes**, so even if you don’t smoke you’re probably exposed to second hand smoke more than you realize.

We live in an extremely toxic environment, so even though the body works hard to detoxify itself, often people have so much toxicity in their bodies and skin that they need extra help.

How to detox your skin – At the spa

To help your skin detox, there are specific professional skin care formulas and techniques that should be utilized. Professional facials often include these elements, so receiving regular facials is a crucial step in skin detoxification. Bioelements VitaMineral Deep Detox Facial is specifically designed to deal with toxicity. It detoxifies skin and repairs damage from both internal and external stressors in two different ways: though Bioelements Signature Techniques and Bioelements formulas.

The Signature Techniques used throughout the VitaMineral Deep Detox Facial consist of specialized, flowing movements that aid in toxin elimination by increasing blood circulation, exercising muscles and nerve endings, and stimulating sweat glands. Steam is used in the beginning of the facial to cause capillary dilation and increase blood flow to move toxins.

Massage is a critical component of any professional facial, and the VitaMineral Deep Detox Facial is no different. Massage for skin in need of detoxification is important, because it de-stresses the tissues, improves your circulatory system, and moves toxins out of the body via the lymphatic system.

Exfoliation is also used in this facial to begin the detoxification process by stimulating the skin and removing excess dead skin cells that would hinder product penetration later on during the key detoxification steps in this treatment.

The Advanced VitaMineral Deep Detox Mask used in this treatment filters out toxins with activated coconut charcoal, which is derived from the ash of a burnt coconut shell. It penetrates into the tissues and begins to detoxify and stimulate circulation to draw impurities and heavy metals out of the skin.

The antioxidants also found in this mask neutralize free radicals before they can cause premature aging. It also targets aging skin, smoker’s skin, and environmentally stressed skin. Book the VitaMineral Deep Detox Facial at a Bioelements spa near you.

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How to detox your skin – At home

The Daily Clarifier:
Bioelements Advanced VitaMineral C Complex detoxifying creme delivers a mega-burst of antioxidants and uses a mixture of five trace minerals to help the skin naturally repair itself. It brightens and clarifies the skin to target dullness and aging.

The Volumizing Antioxidant Concentrate:
Bioelements new Plump Start soaks the skin with vitamin C charged antioxidants to scavenge free radicals from 70 to 85 percent. Not only does this intensive plumping concentrate help detoxify the skin, it also supports the skin’s natural volume and helps smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.

The Deep Purging Mask:
Kerafole is a 10 minute deep purging facial mask that uses natural seaweed to stimulate the skin, gentle acids to exfoliate, and pure essential oils to purify the skin. Use this mask to remove impurities and uncover fresh, revitalized skin.

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*DoSomething.org

**CDC.gov

 

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