5 Steps to a Skin Detox

November 9, 2018

Halloween is over which means discounted candy and an abundance of baked goods as we look towards Thanksgiving. My skin reacts to what I eat, so the holiday season tends to make me break out like crazy. Between my sister's pumpkin pie and my own famous acorns, it's hard to limit my sugar intake. I've cultivated a holiday skin detox that I always employ after eating unhealthily, at it does a great job of mitigating acne.

Double Cleanse

When my skin feels especially oily and breakout ready, I double cleanse in the morning.  Double cleansing involves 2 cleansers; an oil-based cleanser first, followed by a water-based cleanser. Oil-based cleaners remove makeup, SPF, pollutants and other gunk from the skin, while the water-based cleanser removes any leftover traces of oil as well as dirt and sweat. It's important to find cleansers of both varieties that match your skin type. For dry skin, I recommend the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cleansing Oil and pairing it with your favorite foaming cleanser.

Toner and/or Astringent

I use a toner and astringent interchangeably, not both together. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm a huge advocate of witch hazel. Witch hazel is an astringent that's great for clearing out your pores after washing your face and before moisturizing.

Exfoliate

To clarify, I don't recommend a harsh exfoliant when you're breaking out, or ever really. I love a gentle exfoliant in the morning to get rid of the dead skin cells and give my skin a fresh start. For the past month, I've used the Summer Friday Overtime Mask to exfoliate my skin every couple of days and I've seen great results.

Avoid Makeup

This is probably the hardest step because when my skin isn't at it's best I reach for makeup to cover it up. I've been barefaced for nearly a week now so my skin can recover and regenerate with the minimum amount of products on it. I don't know how much truth there is to the say "let your skin breathe" but it feels great and within a couple days it's back to normal. If you feel the need to wear makeup, avoid skin products and go for a natural look.

Hydrate

You've heard it a thousand times, but the best thing you can do for your skin is to drink water. Especially in the cool month when the brisk air can leave your skin feeling like paper, it's important to get in your 8 cups a day and hydrate from within. In Hong Kong, it was so humid I was always chugging water and at the end of that month, my skin looked better than it ever has. I'm not exaggerating when I say water is the key to healthy skin.

Those are my five unfailing steps to rebounding my skin after stuffing my face with sugar. I have to say, that the best way to control your skin is to watch what you're putting into your body, but what's life if you can't enjoy a box of Mike & Ike's every now and then? xx, Lauren

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