Detox for Glowing Skin – 9 Tips

Detox for glowing skin

Who does not want an amazing glowing baby skin? Unfortunately, Skin does change with aging and an unhealthy lifestyle makes those aging changes even faster. Factors such as lifestyle, nutrition, stress and of course sleep affect our skin and can both improve and worsen its condition.

What is skin detox?

“Detox”  in general means removing toxins and all the harmful substances from the body by means of altering diet, lifestyle choices, environmental conditions, unhealthy habits and so on.

When it comes to skin detox, all you can really do is avoid all the substances that are known to be damaging to skin and substitute them with healthier alternatives and habits. For example to have a glowy skin you need to ditch the cigarette for SPF or get rid of all the processed foods and fill up your kitchen with plant-based products full of antioxidants.

When we load the body with junk food, eat little or irregularly, drink alcohol, smoke tobacco and also take a lot of drugs, then the bacterial balance can be disrupted which itself leads to skin problems, with unhealthy habits like that skin it dulls, becomes looser,  wrinkly.

From the timely removal of toxins, the skin acquires a natural healthy texture and color, becoming more elastic and smooth. Metabolic processes and cell renewal are normalized, therefore, wrinkles that could appear due to the accumulation of toxins begin to smooth out soon

 

Detox for Glowing Skin – Methods

1. Change your diet

The meals we choose to include in our daily diets are good indicators of the quality of our skin.“We are what we eat”  At the same time, it is not a specific product that is dangerous, but an imbalance of nutrients, for example, a significant  preference towards carbohydrates or saturated fats with a lack of fiber and antioxidants in diet.

There is quite a lot of evidence out there about the connection of gut health with skin health.  According to NCBI “ Fruit and vegetables consumption may represent the most healthy and safe method in order to maintain a balanced diet and youthful appearing skin.”

By Including a lot of vegetables and greens in your daily meals you fill up your body with various essential skin-supporting nutrients like vitamins A, D, C, E, K, B1, B3, B5 also the  minerals selenium, zinc, silica and sulfur and so on.  In fact, Mediterranean style diets are actually considered to be the best fit and offer most benefits for those suffering from acne

2. Get proper hydration

Although it’s a myth that drinking water is a magical elixir for perfect skin, being dehydrated can defiantly affect skin,   There is no researched evidence showing that drinking extra water impact our skin’s hydration, although it’s clear that being dehydrated can affect appearance of skin. Dehydration makes skin look dry, dull and saggy. It’s recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.

Including green tea in your diet aids in elimination of toxins, since it contains polyphenols. Amongst detox foods, lemon is probably most popular, lemon water is actually  known to unclog pores, besides it’s a rich source of vitamin C which is crucial for maintaining skin’s integrity.

3. Avoid refined sugar, processed foods and artificial sweeteners

Too much sugar consumption affects skin in several ways. High glycemic products cause accumulation of so- called Glycemic end products, which accelerate skin aging.  Sugar damages proteins in the skin,  collagen becomes fragile and brittle, while it becomes insoluble and practically ceases to be replaced by new – this reaction between monosaccharides and proteins is called glycation. Also, glycation disrupts the processes of reproduction of hyaluronic acid and other substances responsible for the water content in the dermis. In addition, skin with glycated collagen recovers much worse after ultraviolet irradiation and free radical reactions are more active in it.

Sugar deactivates antioxidants which leaves tissue more prone to free radical and UV light damage, sugary foods cause insulin spike which itself is pro-inflammatory and worsens conditions like rosacea, acne, eczema, etc. An abundance of simple carbohydrates (bread or sweets) provokes skin rashes and an oily sheen.

4. Dairy products cause inflammation

According to 2018 meta-analysis, a positive relationship was found between dairy products like whole milk, low-fat and skim milk consumption and acne occurrence.

” Several studies demonstrate milk may worsen the number and severity of acne lesions. Specifically, acne flares in individuals consuming milk may be related to whey proteins and casein via insulinotropic and IGF-1 pathways”

5. Alcohol is bad for skin

Alcohol is a neuro- and hepatotoxin. In other words, it negatively affects the nervous system and the liver, an organ closely associated with the skin. Alcohol affect mucous membranes it causes dehydration, redness , flushing, inflammation and leaves body without essential nutrients, plus alcohols like wine, various cocktails are high in sugar which as we already discussed are pro-inflammatory and raise risks for acne and rosacea.

6. Cut off Gluten

This component should be excluded for those with sensitive gut and skin. Gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, resulting in local inflammation, indigestion and impaired absorption of nutrients. Due to the lack of essential micro and macro elements, immunity decreases.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, oats, barley and is completely absent in rice, buckwheat, millet, legumes, corn, and potatoes.

People can fight skin problems all their life only to find out that it’s caused by gluten intolerance (celiac disease). It’s recommended to try to become gluten free for a while and see how it reflects

7. Tobacco

If raising risk for lung cancer, COPD and staining your teeth yellow is not an enough reason for you, smoking cigarettes actually causes premature skin aging, skin becomes dry, less elastic and dense. Tobaccos are full of various toxins, which degrade proteins like collagen and elastin which are responsible for elasticity and youthful look of skin.

8. Get good quality sleep

More than several decades are spent on anti-age research, treatment methods and funds. Many people forget that there is also a free way to maintain youthful skin – good quality sleep.
Some of the physical consequences of sleep deprivation, such as dark circles or bags under the eyes, are familiar to everyone.

9. Follow a regular skin care routine

In the end nothing takes better care of skin than a Perfect skin care routine, steps recommended by nearly all certified dermatologists are:

Morning – cleanse, moisturize, SPF of minimum 30

Night – cleanse, serum, mosturizer

Use hydrating products like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, panthenol etc.

*Make sure to take off your makeup before going to bed.

Exfoliating is recommended 2-3 times a week.

In fact the only skin care product that has studies backing up its effectiveness is sunscreen. UV lights are the biggest risk factor for photoaging , meaning developing wrinkles earlier in your age. To make your skin glowy you need to avoid sunlight or any source of UV lights at all costs.  No kind of detox meals or juices will help if you spend hours sun-bathing.

To sum up

When a person smokes, sleeps little, drinks alcohol, does not drink enough water, is sick, takes medication, lives in an aggressive environment (read, a metropolis), lives in stress, does not eat well, and so on, toxins are formed more actively. And here we get a vicious circle: the more toxins, the more difficult it is for the skin to cope with them.

By considering all aforementioned tips and having consistency and dedication to avoid all the harmful substances you will be on the right track of fast and successful detox which will make your skin come back to life and glow.

References: 

  1. https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-ways-smoking-affects-looks
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  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/hydrated-skin/faq-20058067
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