If the festive season has left your skin looking blotchy, spotty or just downright dull, then a skin detox might be just what you need to get your skin back to a healthy glow! Follow our simple tips on how to detox your skin after Christmas.
If like me, you were in the “Festive Spirit” for the whole month of December, then you might be noticing that not only do your clothes feel a bit tighter than they did in November but also your skin looks and feels way off track!
It’s no wonder too, if you have been chowing down on cheese, chocolates, mince pies, mulled wine and lots of “beige food”. Not to mention more late nights out partying, eating later than normal and Netflix binge-fests on the sofa. We really do abuse our bodies during the festive season, I for one have welcomed in the New Year with dark circles under my eyes and a breakout of spots along my jawline.
It’s not unusual that by January you experience symptoms such as breakouts, increased redness, puffiness, dark circles and eye bags, or flare-ups of Eczema, Rosacea and Psoriasis,
Why do we get “festive breakouts”?
Festive breakouts are caused by a combination of things such as:
- Increased intake of sugary foods and drinks
- Consuming more dairy products than normal (cheese, cream, etc)
- Drinking more alcohol than normal
- Eating more processed foods
- Getting less sleep
- Feeling more stressed
All of the above leads to an increase in inflammation in your body, causing a surge in stress hormones. The surge in stress hormones can spark all sorts of issues in your body such as weight gain, digestive problems, brain fog, reduced energy and insomnia.
Where the skin is concerned, increased inflammation causes the skin to produce inflammatory hormones called Cytokines and Chemokines. These hormones trigger immune cell activation, enzymes and free radicals, which is all bad news for your skin.
Simple ways to detox your skin
The old saying ‘you are what you eat?’ is extremely true. When you are looking to detox your skin, eating the correct foods to help restore your skin is just as important as cutting out foods that contribute to inflammation.
To detox your skin from the inside out, you need to restore hormonal balance in your diet.
I am a huge advocate for the Paleo-Ketogenic way of eating which is a low-carb approach to eating and it focuses on consuming whole, natural and unprocessed foods. This nutrient-dense lifestyle can really help to heal your body and your skin, reduce inflammation and balance your hormones.
Aim to reduce or cut out the following foods which all contribute to increased inflammation:
- Foods and drinks which are high in carbohydrates and sugars
- Food and drinks containing dairy
- Processed foods
- Cooking oils (canola, rapeseed, sunflower oil, vegetable oils etc)
- Fast foods and takeaways
- Too much caffeine
Your New Year skin detox should also include adding in plenty of these foods and drinks:
- Vegetables that grow above the ground (spinach, kale, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower etc)
- Meat & Poultry, plenty of red meat and fattier cuts of meat such as ribeye steaks and chicken thighs
- Fish, focusing on mostly oily fish as well as white fish and shellfish
- Offal, this is the most nutrient-dense, natural food on the planet
- Healthy fats (oily fish, animal fats, avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil)
- Drink 2.5 litres of water every day
- Green tea, Rooibos tea, Matcha tea and other herbal teas
It wouldn’t be a detox without water
During December you might have drunk a lot more alcohol than normal which can take its toll on your body. Alcohol is a diuretic and dehydrates your body, making you pee a lot more. Alcohol is toxic which puts your body under an increased toxic load.
Alcohol can also deprive your skin of vital vitamins and nutrients, this together with dehydration leads to your skin looking dull or sallow. You might notice your face appears more puffy or dark circles, lines and wrinkles might be more prominent.
Even if you haven’t drunk much or any alcohol, being chronically, mildly dehydrated is a bad place for your body to be.
Your body is almost 70% water and nearly every function in your body requires water to do its thing. This includes how your skin functions. You lose water every day just by walking, talking, perspiring and going to the loo, so it is important to replace this lost fluid.
Being chronically dehydrated can lead to headaches, constipation and cognitive impairment which could include lack of concentration and low energy.
Aim to drink 2.5ltrs of water every day.
If you have had a heavy session the night before, I recommend drinking coconut water which is excellent for hydration and helps to restore your electrolytes.
Get your beauty sleep
It’s a well-known fact that people struggle to function properly without enough sleep and the party season can really take a toll on your sleep quota.
Poor quality or too little sleep causes all kinds of health problems. Increased anxiety, brain fog and low energy are all common symptoms of lack of sleep. But did you know that it also increases stress hormones, increases inflammation and accelerates ageing?
It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Getting plenty of shut-eye allows your body time to repair and recharge its self and that includes your skin. Whilst you sleep your skin is busy healing, building collagen, removing toxins and enjoying all the benefits that come from special hormones that are released whilst you sleep.
The recommended amount of sleep for an adult is 8-9 hours each night, so cancel your plans, run a nice hot bath and get your mind ready for bed.
Look after your skin
During your skin detox make sure you are looking after your skin correctly. Using clinical skincare products will nourish and repair your skin.
Boost your skin’s post-Christmas recovery with some useful ingredients that you can add into your daily routine such as glycolic or salicylic acid. These help to gently exfoliate the surface of your skin and unclog your pores, whilst helping to reduce inflammation. Our favourite is Foamer 15 by Dermaceutic Laboratoir.
If your skin is dry, opt for a cream or an oil-based cleanser that adds moisture to your skin. We really like Circadia Skincare’s Vitamin Veil Cleanser. It helps to protect and restore your skin’s natural barrier, whilst leaving an invisible veil of vitamins and antioxidants.
Vitamin C serum is an essential anti-ageing ingredient and one that you should definitely consider adding into your routine. It protects the skin from oxidative stress and free radical damage that can be increased over the Christmas season. Not only does Vitamin C protect your skin, but it also brightens and smoothes your complexion. We can’t get enough of Circadia Skincare’s Vitamin C Reversal Serum. Of course, using a daily SPF like Heliocare 360 range will protect your skin and reduce inflammation.
To boost blood flow and stimulate lymphatic drainage, a good facial massage will get oxygen and nutrients flooding your skin to give you a real glow. This is something you can do yourself with either some coconut oil or a rich moisturiser. Perfect time to do this is just before you go to bed.
Professional skin treatments
If you feel your skin detox needs extra oomph, then professional treatments can speed up your skin’s recovery. Whether it’s a healing treatment such as a facial, or a more intense treatment such as a skin peel or microneedling, professional treatments can work wonders on your skin to encourage cellular turnover and repair. Enhancing your own skin detox programme and speeding up your results. Helping you get your glow back as soon as possible.
How long will your skin detox take?
You may well kick yourself but it could take as long as 4-6 weeks for your skin to recover from the effects of Christmas and the festive season. Your skin renews approximately every 4 weeks as new, healthy skin cells travel to the surface, replacing the old cells as they die off.
By following our skin detox guide, in 4-6 weeks time, you could be reaping the benefits of clear, glowing skin, as well as feeling super healthy, rested and ready to tackle 2020 head-on.
If you would like to find out more about how we can help you detox your skin and help you get your glow on, then give us a call and book a FREE Consultation.