This whole detox-and-clean-living craze isn’t going anywhere. Temps are on the rise, and it seems like everyone and their mother is on some kind of diet or cleanse to get their bodies swimsuit-ready for summer. And if it weren’t enough to detox one’s innards, the notion now extends to skin. The gist: Lots of gunk, like pollution, makeup, and bacteria, sits on our skin and clogs pores. “Pollution ages our skin more than we ever thought,” says Dr Low Chai Ling “Some sources even act like UV radiation on skin, creating the same free radicals that cause wrinkles and age spots.” Detoxing your skin, though, is more appetizing than a sludgy ash smoothie.

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Everything from winter weather to product overuse to diet can wreak havoc on your complexion, and the best way to find your natural glow again is to put your skin on a detox of its own. It might sound a bit overwhelming, but the results speak for themselves. So it’s definitely worth the effort to get your complexion to follow a ‘clean living’ path. Here are some easy steps to unearth a naturally beautiful skin.

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When it comes to cleansing skin, being meticulous does pay dividends. This does not mean using body soap to lather your face. Rather, it is about using the combination of right pH balanced products to deliver clean results without disrupting your skin barrier or altering your skin’s acid mantle. Experts have found that using the gentlest cleanser frequently on your skin keeps it healthier and clearer than using harsh soap. For this task, we love Sake Ritual, a rice based gel that does not use SLS to clean, yet melts away dirt and debris, dissolving rapidly on contact with water.

If you wear makeup, then go for a dedicated makeup solvent such as Lemon Quartz to completely remove waterproof makeup or UNDO, a full face makeup remover that leaves skin sparkling clean with one swipe. Don’t forget that despite our daily regime, dead cells can still build up on our skin over time. Invest in a good facial that you can turn to anytime your skin needs a pick-me-up. Our beauty editors love Deep Red facial for its extra perks on top of its ultrasonic deep cleansingLED photobiomodulation, vitamin C therapy.

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“Focus on eating plenty of whole, nutrient-dense vegetables, prioritizing leafy greens.
They’ll give you the most bang for your buck in the skin department, as they’re loaded with antioxidants (which fight free radicals) and also contain high levels of vitamin A (which repairs damaged skin), along with a slew of other beauty vitamins and minerals (folate, beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium)” says Dr Low.


Doctors also say that healthy fats (also known as EFAs, essential fatty acids) are critical to helping your body produce healthy cells, including skin cells. They’re also important elements in the production of sebum, which is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated and youthful-looking. Find them in avocado, eggs, walnuts, and wild salmon.


There’s an ongoing debate in the wellness community about just how much water we should be consuming. Ignore the details and just drink more, period. Cancer patients are told to drink up to a gallon a day– a gallon!–to flush the chemotherapy toxins out of their system. This is a pretty extreme example, but it illustrates just how powerful drinking water can be in detoxifying.

“People with healthy bacteria on their skin break out less!” says Dr Low whose clinic recently completed a study on skin microbiome. Seriously. One study shows that people with clear skin have 20 percent more bacteria production than those with acne. Researchers are actually working on a topical bacterial product to apply to the skin to clean it. People get really freaked out by bacteria and fermented foods, largely because we’ve become such a pasteurization-happy culture. Yet, our bodies rely on thriving bacterial ecosystems–particularly within our gut–to support healthy functioning of our digestive tract and immune systems. Some good sources include sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchee, miso, kefir, and unsweetened yogurt. If you are lacking in these foods in your diet, supplement with Probiotic. Look for one with the right strains of probiotics that will benefit not just your gut but your skin as well.


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One key point about detoxing your skin is to replace what it has lost with the same vital components. Don’t overwhelm it with too many different ingredients, which may compete for absorption with the essential elements. Of the key topicals, replacing dermal water with Replenish facial mist is an ideal way to hydrate your skin while it detoxes. It penetrates fast and rebalances your skin’s pH and water levels. For detoxification to work, you will need building blocks that are vital to repair skin and promote collagen growth. Boost your skin health with vitamin C in the form of Citrine, a freshly prepared version of active ascorbic acid as well as vitamin A, in the form of Age Defy.


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Processed sugar, processed fat, synthetic flavor (often masquerading as ‘natural’ flavor), fake coloring, and preservatives are just some of the many common no-nos you’ll find here in wrapper land. We call them dead ingredients; they do nothing for your skin except aggravate it, since your body is working so hard to figure out how the heck you’re going to process them. Rule of thumb? If you can’t understand what the ingredient is, don’t eat it.”

Another thing to avoid is dairy in the form of milk, and protein in the form of meat. Why? Most cows are fed a diet that’s loaded with hormones and antibiotics. This will end up in your milk or in your meat, and of course in your body. The result? Hormones affect your skin, potentially causing imbalances and breakouts; antibiotics kill good bacteria, which, as I’ve discussed, is also not good for your skin. Be really picky about the products you’re buying (always look for grass-fed and organic) and eat them prudently.”

Alcohol  is essentially ‘liquid sugar,’ and it’s known to be one of the most inflammatory things we consume—terrible news for your skin. Moreover, alcohol is dehydrating; overconsumption causes the skin to become bloated and puffy in an attempt to retain as much water as possible. While I firmly believe in moderation, severely cutting back on your alcohol intake is an important element of a skin detox.

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images-60GO ORGANIC

I am not just talking about food, which may be a tall order if you live in an urban city far away from organic farms. But the least you can do is to source for natural organic ingredients for your skin. Granted some skins will need some moisturisation even while they are on detox, we don’t believe that drying your face out like a prune is a healthy route to take. Substituting a plant-based oil for your daily moisturizer is a great place to start. Emerald oil features 100% organic grapeseed oil that is non-comedogenic and penetrates quickly to nourish skin such as the delicate area around the eyes. Because it is formulated without preservatives, it will help your skin look naturally flawless without veering off the ‘clean-living’ path. These natural ingredients will eventually become your arsenal for a true skin detox.

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