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Elemental Aesthetics

Detoxify Your Skin

Spring has sprung!  So we joyfully emancipate our bodies and expose more skin.  But not all is positive.  Nature’s warming triggers skin problems like acne, rosacea and rashes.  

Prevention is better than a cure.  A good skincare routine in the winter months that maintains skin hydration levels as well as stimulating skin with exfoliants will do much to lessen the downsides of this happy season.  When a great skincare routine through the winter is hindsight, there are things you can do now to lessen your skin-related stress.  

Replace heavier winter moisturizers with lighter ones. Exfoliate your skin regularly with a gentle exfoliant so that it slowly eliminates underlying toxins. Exfoliation will also stimulate dull winter skin to give it a glow. For sensitive skin, gentle exfoliants with fruit enzymes or lactic acid can gently give the same results without excess redness and inflammation. Detox the skin with masks with clay or charcoal to lessen breakouts and skin congestion.

The best way to reduce the appearance of spring acne is to detoxify skin with a clay mask and use the mask as a spot treatment. To ensure that skin becomes clear and radiant, add oil to the mask. Get a facial with extractions to prevent breakouts from clogged pores. If acne is stubborn, the root cause could be the P. acnes (Propionibacterium acnes).  Zap the bacteria with blue intense pulse light (IPL) professional treatments to avoid the side effects of antibiotics.  

The warming weather increases blood circulation, which triggers rosacea or skin redness. Minimize redness and rosacea bumps with a skincare routine with products with cooling ingredients like cucumber, aloe vera, seaweed and babassu oil.  Healing ingredients like whey protein, collagen and poria mushrooms can help to improve the health and appearance of the skin.  

Rashes and dermatitis can appear when the release of histamines inflame skin due to exposure to airborne pollen. The face, especially cheeks, neck and delicate skin around the eyes, along with hands are common areas of the allergic reactions.  Clay masks are an excellent alternative to reduce the inflammation, itchiness and the red bumps of rashes and eczema. Symptoms of rashes and eczema can be reduced with a daily serum with whey protein, linoleic and linolenic acid (essential fatty acids) to strengthen skin's top layer and keep allergens from penetrating.

Skin that is excessively dry or dehydrated can be more easily afflicted with spring skin problems. Serums with natural ingredients like seaweed can work with active ingredients like collagen, elastin and honey to hydrate skin cells. Moisturizers and face oils with lighter oils like coconut, jojoba and babassu will protect skin health and lessen inflammation. So adjust your skincare with the change of season while maintaining skin hydration and moisturization as a great way to beautiful skin, naturally.

Jean Eng is an Ayurvedic skincare specialist and the co-founder of Pure + Simple, a Canadian spa chain and retailer of natural beauty products.