You may not realise it, but your body is essentially one big toxic waste dump. In fact, it is estimated that each year the average human inhales around two grams of solid air pollution, eats 14lbs of food additives and absorbs up to a gallon of other chemical nasties like pesticides.
The skin itself is an organ of elimination, so the body will transport excess wastes there to be removed through the lymphatic system and sweating which can lead to a dull and puffy appearance.
Here is what you need to do to reboot your appearance:
1. Drink More Water
The most important starting point to assist the body and skin in eliminating toxins is to increase water intake. Drinking this in place of other fluids such as caffeine and alcohol will assist in rapidly flushing the toxins from the system.
As a general rule, you should aim to knock back two litres a day but you can gradually build this up with a few extra glasses at regular intervals, and there are plenty of apps to help you keep track.
2. Hit The Gym
If you are to stand any chance of appearing healthier on the outside and lose some weight, it’s time to dig out the trainers and re-join the gym.
Keeping your muscles active helps to move stagnant fluid in the body’s tissue and increase the pumping of lymphatic fluid. This is important because your lymphatic system is responsible for the removal of toxins within the deeper layers of the skin, which can have a positive impact on the appearance of the skin.
3. Wear Face Mask
Face masks are one of the simplest and most effective ways to rid skin of the impurities that sit on its surface and can clog its pores, leading to breakouts.
When it comes to detoxification, look for products that contain absorbent clays. Or for sensitive skin, opt for a gentle mask that uses natural ingredients or plant-based amino acids to purify the skin instead.
Use these once or twice per week after exfoliating. This improves the mask’s performance by removing any dead skin cells that would otherwise act as a sponge for the mask.
4. Check Out Charcoal
Charcoal-infused grooming products aren’t just a marketing gimmick; they are man’s best friend when it comes to achieving clear, healthy-looking skin.
As an ingredient, it is the perfect detoxifier because it acts like a magnet, absorbing up to 100 times its own weight in dirt, toxins and other impurities that sit on the skin.
5. Scrub Up
The skin of people who live in polluted towns and cities often sheds dead cells less efficiently, which means it tends to look dull and tired.
Counteracting to this problem, you just need to exfoliate, using a face scrub twice a week. Regular exfoliation will do wonders to improve circulation and toxin elimination in your skin.
Alternatively, invest in an electric cleansing brush, which works to remove more grime than an ordinary splash in the sink while helping shift dead cells. – Fashion Beans