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Preventative Skin Detox: Why You Need It + How To Do It

Preventative Skin Detox: Why You Need It + How To Do It

Many people recognize the importance of detoxifying the skin after they see signs of skin damage and premature aging, but preventative detoxifying stops unseen damage before it shows on your skin. Healing the skin before signs of toxicity will create a truly strong, healthy barrier. Keep reading to learn more about preventative skin detoxifying.

what is a preventative skin detox?

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.

It is crucial to detoxify skin before you see age and damage signs. Once your skin starts to show signs of toxicity – dullness, lines, wrinkles, congestion, sagging skin, breakouts, redness and irritation to name a few – then the skin is weak, and less able to absorb and respond to treatment.

“Detoxifying your skin should be part of our weekly at home health care for the largest organ of your body," says Teresa Stenzel, licensed esthetician and member of our Esthetics Experts Panel. "High performance skin care ingredients help rev up the skin’s microcirculation, lymphatic system, hydration levels and strengthen the skin’s ability to ward off and repair damage to the skin should start before damage is visibly – preferably while you are young!"

“When you regularly detoxify your skin, your pores stay cleaner, breakouts decrease, skin looks brighter, pigmentation fades and skin has a healthy color." - Rita Holland, licensed esthetician

why you need to detoxify your skin

“Detoxifying the skin is critical to healthy, well functioning skin," says Rita Holland, licensed esthetician + owner of Marguerite's Skin Care & Makeup. Everyone needs to detox regularly, as we are all exposed to daily pollution, free radicals and more. However, if you work in an environment where pollution levels are higher, then it is twice as important.” Careers that include flight attendants, hair stylists, cooks, hospital employees and the like will absolutely benefit from a skin detox.

  • 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.

signs you need a skin detox

Don’t think your skin needs a detox? Often, the most common skin complaints estheticians hear can be traced back to a single cause: skin toxicity. When you don’t regularly detoxify the skin, these symptoms can crop up:

  • Irregular pigmentation, such as brown pigmented spots and uneven skin tone
  • Dry skin
  • Clogged pores
  • Dehydration
  • Breakouts
  • Visible capillaries
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Fine lines
  • Deep wrinkles

how to detoxify at home

The Pollution Solution

Remineralist Daily Moisture is cutting edge in pollution protection. Pollution robs the skin of much needed minerals, so it's crucial to replenish and protect. Remineralist Daily Moisture works to replenish copper, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc to achieve the equilibrium of young skin. The infusion of sea salt and red algae help defend and detox skin.

"Remineralist Daily Moisture is wonderful at fighting the day-to-day toxic effects of pollution," shares Holland. "It’s lightweight and super hydrating, making it a great moisturizer even if you don’t care about detoxifying your skin."

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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 purge skin of impurities and uncover fresh, revitalized skin.

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The Daily Clarifier

vc10 Daily Glow is a potent antioxidant formula with stabilized 10% vitamin C to detoxify skin and help fight free radicals. Lightweight and easily absorbed, it brightens and clarifies the skin to target dullness, texture, pigmentation and aging.

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The Volumizing Antioxidant Concentrate

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.

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how to detoxify 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 Pollution Neutralizing Facial is specifically designed to deal with toxicity. It detoxifies skin and repairs damage from both internal and external stressors in two different ways: through Bioelements Signature Techniques and Bioelements formulas.

The Signature Techniques used throughout this 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 near the beginning of the facial to cause capillary dilation and increase blood flow to move toxins.

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 Power Treatment effectively targets and revives dull and oxygen-depleted skin as well.

“In the treatment room, I offer the Bioelements Deep Detox Facial and Pollution treatment for people who are exposed to more pollution and toxicity, or really anyone (trust me, most people need this facial).” – Rita Holland

The VitaMineral Deep Detox Facial also helps detoxify the skin. 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.

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.

If you have any questions, or comment below!

*DoSomething.org

**CDC.gov


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