clear skinAs I mentioned in my last post ‘Spring into Spring with a 10-day Detox’ I always look forward to spring because I love how great I feel during and after my spring detox.  Of all the great reasons to detox, my favourite has to be the clear and vibrant skin that results from it.  I’ve seen improvements in my patients with acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and many other skin conditions; beyond that, skin just looks healthy and revitalized after a detox! 

How does a detox = clear skin?

Skin is an organ of elimination along with the lungs, kidneys and gastrointestinal (digestive) tract.  What this means is that these organs each provide an outlet for toxins to exit the body.  So when there are imperfections on the skin, it means the other organs of elimination may be backed up, forcing toxins out through the skin.  When you detox, you are clearing out those other organs of elimination (i.e. lungs, kidneys and digestive tract), allowing toxins to exit the body freely through them and leaving the skin clear 🙂

What are you putting on your skin?

Apart from what you put IN your body (i.e. eat/drink) during a detox, don’t forget to think about what you put ON your body.  Skin imperfections can also result from the cleansers, creams and make-up that you are putting on your skin, either through allergic-type reactions or simply by clogging your pores with chemicals and fragrances.

To see if your current products are safe (and detox-friendly), check the Cosmetic Database on the Environmental Working Group’s website, it rates all products from 0-5 (0 being the cleanest, 5 being the most toxic); I highly recommend doing this, you may be surprised at how high your current numbers are!

If you find your numbers are high and are looking for a great alternative, I have recently come across Coccoon Apothecary’s productscoccoon apothecary (which rate a 0 on the database!) and I love them; my skin feels amazing.

Stay tuned for my 2nd and 3rd favourite reasons to detox…can you guess what they may be?