If you’re still getting bad breakouts despite changing your diet and sticking to your skincare routine, you’re probably not doing enough.
With all the stress, pollution and bad habits your skin has to endure, you need to do something to reboot your system and clear out your complexion.
This is where this 7-day detox for clear skin guide fits in.
If you’re itching to know how you can get started, read on.
1. Drink a glass of warm lemon water
Before you do or eat anything, drink a glass of warm lemon water first. This will help you kickstart your day and body the right way.
Lemon juice has this ability to flush out any unwanted toxins and materials from your body by stimulating bowel movements. It also makes you urinate more which means you get to flush out toxins faster.
Now, you’re probably wondering: What good can lemon water do for your skin?
Apart from getting rid of toxins, the lemon juice in the mixture contains a high amount of vitamin C. It’s one of the best vitamins for achieving glowing skin.
It’s also a potent antioxidant which can prevent free radical damage and slow down signs of skin aging.
2. Wash your face
Even if you did an elaborate skin care routine at night and you’re completely makeup free when you hit your bed- yes, you still need to wash your face in the morning.
As you sleep, environmental debris can accumulate. Dead skin cells, as well as allergens, can pile up on your sheets and pillowcases and they can easily be transferred to your face.
Oil can also accumulate overnight and it can attract bacteria and clog your pores if you don’t wash it off.
And you know what else?
Washing your face helps your skin care products penetrate your skin easier. So, after washing, you can apply your toner and moisturizer.
Oh, and don’t forget your sunscreen, too.
3. Go makeup-free
Give your skin a little time to breathe and skip makeup even just for a few days. It might feel awkward and “weird” but, trust us, it’s going to be worth it.
If you can’t go bare face, then go with something light. You can try a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream.
Both of these products offer minimal coverage with added skin benefits.
4. Drink a detox smoothie
Smoothies are quick and easy to make so you have no excuse to skip them for this 7-day detox for clear skin. And besides, they are great not just for your skin but your overall health, too.
Now, for this detox smoothie, you need to prepare the following:
Simply combine everything in your blender and blend them until smooth.
This recipe is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and enzymes that can soothe inflammation, flush out toxins and boost your immunity and metabolism. Drinking it should kickstart your morning the right way.
5. Eat a beauty salad
During this detox process, it’s important that you steer clear from sugar, dairy and red meat. These foods are notorious for messing up your blood sugar level and hormones which can cause skin breakouts and irritated skin.
Instead of those foods, you can prepare a beauty salad. Salads are rich in fiber so your body can easily digest them.
They can also stabilize your blood sugar level, stopping your acne in the process.
You can mix different ingredients for your salad to get different benefits. Adding onions, for example, can help the skin as they are potent detoxifying agents.
Turmeric is another great ingredient since it has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
6. Wear a hat
Your sunscreen alone may not be able to protect you at all times. So, to stay safe, make sure you’re wearing your hat and sunglasses before heading out.
The sun’s rays have strong ways to mess up with your skin.
Would you believe, 90% of the changes you see related to skin aging is actually due to sun exposure?
Being exposed to the sun can damage all five layers of your skin. This means that you won’t just get cosmetic problems from it but medical issues, too.
It can increase your risk of developing nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancer.
So, to protect yourself, avoid direct sun exposure and limit the time you spend outdoors. Stay away from the sun’s rays from 10 am to 3 pm as it’s when UV lights are the strongest.
7. Keep yourself hydrated
Frankly, water is the best when it comes to detoxification. It carries nutrients, aids in digestion and flushes out wastes from the body.
Now, you’re probably wondering: How many glasses of water should you drink in a day?
You see, there are a lot of recommendations and just reading through them can make you feel confused and overwhelmed. But here’s a tip:
Just keep sipping water throughout the day.
Drinking eight glasses of water a day can contribute to your overall wellness and not just your skin. It will make you look and feel good overall.
What if you get bored of drinking water?
Well, you can try adding fruits to your glasses. Apart from adding flavors, they can also up the benefits you’ll get from drinking water.
You can see our full list of detox water recipes here.
8. Do a facial at home
Face masks aren’t really just luxury. With the right ingredients, they can help purify your pores and remove dirt and other impurities that are making your skin look dull.
They’re a good way of pampering your skin, too.
While face masks are great, you shouldn’t do them daily, particularly if you are using a purifying, exfoliating or detoxifying mask.
You should try to limit their use to once or twice a week.
However, if you are using a hydrating face mask, then you can go ahead and indulge your skin every night.
Now, going back to detox face masks.
One of the most powerful ingredients you can add to your mask is charcoal. What it does is bind and pull the deep-seated impurities in your pores so you can easily remove them.
Here’s a sample recipe:
Simply combine all the ingredients and mix until you get a smooth paste. Then, apply it on your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing off.
Make sure to apply a moisturizer after and don’t use this more than two to three times a week.
For more options, we have a really long list of DIY charcoal face mask recipes you can check out.
9. Use a dry brush
Dry brushing is an effective way to detoxify your skin and body. Well, that is if you know how to do it properly.
Frankly, dry brushing feels a bit uncomfortable at first, particularly with how rough it feels on the skin. But, as you do it frequently, your skin gets used to it and you’ll be surprised at how much it can improve.
Now, you might be wondering how it works.
Dry brushing can improve your blood circulation, allowing more nutrients to reach your cells. It can also remove dead skin cells while making your skin tighter.
As to how it can help you detox, using a brush to buff your skin can stimulate normal lymph flow. This enables the body to detoxify on its own.
To do this properly, you need to invest in a good brush with natural bristles and a handle. It should be long enough to enable you to reach your back.
Holding the brush, gently brush the bottom of your feet to your legs using long, smooth strokes. Brush each section for about 10 times and then do it on the other sections of your body.
Do the same process on your arms, abdomen, back and face. The idea is to brush towards the center of your body.
After dry brushing, you can proceed to the next step...
10. Indulge in a detoxifying bath
At the end of the day and all the stress you endured, it’s time to indulge in a detoxifying bath. It’s supposed to help clear not just your skin but your mind, too.
When it comes to getting clear skin, your diet and your skin care products aren’t the only things you have to worry about. You also have to be in control of your stress level to make sure it doesn’t mess up with your skin.
How should you do it?
Well, you can try an Epsom salt detox bath.
It’s not as dehydrating as your regular salt since it’s actually a natural mineral. It’s full of nutrients, like sulfate and vitamin E.
Together, these two nutrients can help flush out toxins easier, leaving your skin with a natural glow.
11. Get 8 hours of sleep
Ok, I know what you’re thinking.
With so many things to do and so many tasks to accomplish, getting 8 hours of sleep sounds impossible. Like, who has that much time?
Well, if you are dreaming of getting fairer and healthier skin, you have to make time for sleep.
Sleep is when your body undergoes cellular repair and detoxification. It’s when your liver works extra hard to remove toxins, hormones and chemicals that your body no longer needs.
And not just that.
When you lack sleep, your body’s cortisol level rises up. It’s the same hormone your system produces when you’re under stress.
When you have too much of it, systemic inflammation happens and skin breakouts follow.
Tip: To make sure you get to sleep at the same time each night, set up an alarm. Adjust it to what time you need to wake up.