Spring Skin Detox
Four Ways to be Proactive!
Spring can bring surprises to your skin. Winter’s hibernating energy slows down circulation, which can harbour impurities in your blood leading to blemishes, dehydration, and overall lacklustre. As warmer weather arrives, it stimulates our circulation, which can wreak havoc on our skin. Some common skin conditions that surface with Spring are acne, clogged pores, rosacea, rashes, and inflammation. However, like mother nature, our skin is capable of bouncing back and flourishing: Beauty imitates nature.
You can take a proactive approach to lessen the repercussions of winter’s season-long build up. As you prepare for spring cleaning, why not detox your skin?
Exfoliate skin to rejuvenate + revitalize dull skin. Manual or enzymatic exfoliants can be used depending on your skin type and its needs. Manual exfoliants with ingredients like Organic Jojoba beads are excellent to decongest skin. For more sensitive skin types, gentle peels with fruit enzymes or lactic acid work best to unclog pores and eliminate dead skin cells.
Activated Charcoal (currently a hot ingredient in beauty) can add deeper skin detoxification. Known for its ability to bind to toxins, charcoal works like a magnet to absorb bacteria, dirt, and other impurities, bringing them to the surface of the skin, helping you achieve a flawless complexion. The Black Charcoal Detox Mask by Pure + Simple helps detox skin while hydrating it with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, licorice and algae extract.
If winter has been exceptionally harsh on your skin, seek help from a beauty expert to boost skin health and pamper your spirits with a facial! Facials like the Deep Down Detox at Pure + Simple are focused on clarifying the skin. Elements like lactic acid peel, purifying charcoal mask and hydrating hyaluronic acid help reduce blemishes and brighten dull, congested skin.
Increased blood circulation can trigger rosacea or skin redness and result in broken capillaries. The best way to prevent this is by keeping the skin moist. Using a hydrating serum, with ingredients like Seaweed, Collagen or Aloe Vera is the best solution to keep skin glowing, and calm the redness often experienced in this season. Using weekly masks is also a great way to ensure that your skin stays nourished + happy.
Beautiful skin goes hand in hand with good nutrition and lifestyle. “Detox doesn’t mean deprivation,” says Mimie Louie, Toronto-based Certified Nutritionist and Fitness Coach. Diet your way to a better skin and detox your body by ensuring that you’re not adding to the toxins in your skin. “Add in veggies and fruit that stimulate your body’s natural detoxification system. And don’t forget to drink lots of water,” adds Louie. Fasting, eating light, and avoiding caffeinated drinks are other ways to improve your skin’s health.
Spring is the season for fresh starts and the perfect time to detox. Our skin reflects our overall well being, so be proactive in this season of renewal!
Jean Eng is an Ayurvedic skincare specialist and the co-founder of Pure+Simple, a Canadian spa chain and retailer of natural beauty products.