We’re constantly inundated with toxins — they’re in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breath and the products we use — so it’s crucial to make an effort to clean up your act every now and then to keep things running smoothly and to continue to look your best. To start the new year off right, reset with a beauty detox. The minimal you should do is:
- DRINK: Begin your day with a glass of warm lemon water to help support liver function and stimulate your body’s own natural detox system. Upon waking, simply squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm filtered water and drink it down.
- BATHE: A detox bath can help you eliminate toxins through sweating and also allow you to absorb minerals and nutrients. Fill a tub with comfortably hot water Add magnesium sulfate (aka epsom salts) and baking soda to the water and soak for 20-40 minutes. After bathing, drink plenty of purified water to help replenish lost fluids and flush out toxins.
- EXERCISE: A good workout does so much more than keep your heart-healthy, boost circulation, lift your mood and control your weight. It also jumpstarts your lymphatic system and increases sweat, thereby eliminating toxins through the skin.
- SLEEP: It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason! When your body is at rest it’s still working to repair itself, renew skin cells, regulate hormones, diminish stress, clear the brain of harmful toxins and more.
Take it a step further for a total beauty reboot. Here, detox drinks that work from the inside out to tools, topical treatments and elixirs:
Elemis Spa At Home Body Brush ($45), a firm, natural cactus bristle body brush perfect for dry brushing. Use it daily on dry skin — it feels so good plus it increases circulation, improves metabolism, eliminates dead skin cells and helps the skin function as a means of eliminating toxins. To do properly, begin at the soles of your feet and brush upward toward the heart, using light, firm strokes. Work your way up towards your stomach, arms, and shoulders always brushing towards the heart to encourage lymphatic drainage. Avoid the chest and other sensitive areas. When done, shower or bathe to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
Caudalie Polyphenol c15 Overnight Detox Oil ($52), massaged into face and neck before bedtime will protect and renew “tired” looking skin while you sleep. It promotes cellular renewal and toxin elimination through stabilized Grape-seed Polyphenols (the most powerful anti-oxidants in the plant world) and stabilized Vitamin C.
Bliss Multi-‘face’-eted ($50) is an all in one anti-aging, detoxing, moist clay mask, formulated with quartz, glycolic acid, kojic acid, kaolin, lemon, carbon, pumice and jojoba oil. Use it to eliminate toxins, unclog pores, fade dark spots, brighten skin tone, diminish lines and wrinkles and moisturize your complexion.
David Kirsch 5-Day Ultimate Detox ($95) will re-energize and cleanse your system from the inside out with this 5-day regimen that’s high in protein, antioxidants and nutrient-dense.
AHAVA Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Salts ($22), a therapeutic blend of Dead Sea Salts and essential oils, contain 21 essential minerals to leave you calm, revived and renewed.