We’reÂ 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 anÂ effort to clean up your actÂ 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 andÂ stimulateÂ 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 detoxÂ bath can helpÂ you eliminate toxinsÂ through sweating and also allow you to absorbÂ minerals and nutrients. Fill a tub with comfortably hot water Add magnesium sulfate (akaÂ epsom salts) and baking soda to the waterÂ 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 alsoÂ jumpstartsÂ your lymphatic system and increases sweat, thereby eliminating toxins through the skin.
- SLEEP: It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason!Â 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 drinksÂ that workÂ from the inside out to tools, topical treatments and elixirs:
Elemis Spa At Home Body BrushÂ ($45), a firm, natural cactus bristle body brushÂ perfect for dry brushing. Use it daily on dry skin — it feels so goodÂ plus it increasesÂ 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 feetÂ and brush upward toward the heart, using light, firm strokes. Work your way up towardsÂ your stomach, arms, and shoulders always brushing towards the heart toÂ encourage lymphatic drainage. Avoid the chest and other sensitive areas. When done, shower or bathe toÂ wash away the dead skin cells and impurities.
Caudalie Polyphenol c15 Overnight Detox OilÂ ($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) andÂ stabilized Vitamin C.
Bliss Multi-â€˜faceâ€™-etedÂ ($50) is an all in one anti-aging, detoxing, moist clay mask, formulated withÂ quartz, glycolic acid, kojic acid, kaolin, lemon, carbon, pumice and jojoba oil. Use it to eliminateÂ toxins,Â unclog pores, fade dark spots, brighten skin tone, diminish lines and wrinklesÂ and moisturize your complexion.
David Kirsch 5-Day Ultimate DetoxÂ ($95) will re-energize and cleanse your system from the inside out with thisÂ 5-day regimen that’s high in protein, antioxidants and nutrient-dense.
AHAVA Eucalyptus Mineral Bath SaltsÂ ($22), a therapeutic blend of Dead Sea Salts and essential oils, containÂ 21 essential minerals toÂ leave you calm, revived and renewed.