You spend a lot of time thinking about what you put *in* your body, but equally important is what you put *on* your body. Your biggest organ, is your skin! It absorbs both the good and the bad, nutrients and chemicals alike.
A rule of thumb: if you wouldn't put it in your mouth, don’t feed it to your skin! We use so many of these toxic products every day that changing our routine might seem daunting at first. Here are a few quick and easy tips to detoxify your skin care routine.
1. Read the ingredients
The goal is to find products with the fewest toxic ingredients. Avoid the following: paraben, phthalates, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate. These harmful chemicals have been shown to cause cancers or other damage, and they enter your bloodstream via your skin.
2. Make your own
One sure way to know exactly what goes into your beauty products is to make them yourself! This also saves a bundle of money. You can find many great recipes online for scrubs and cleansers using simple, real ingredients from your kitchen. Essential oils make great moisturizes for your face and body and can be found in health food stores.
3. Re-think your need for chemicals
There are many alternatives you can try instead of slathering your skin with chemicals. For example, do you have oily skin? Instead of layering it with oil absorbent and mattifying products, try balance your skin out so that it regulates oil production on its own. Great natural ingredients such as witch hazel and tea tree oil will help balance oily skin without a slew of chemicals.
4. Replace the toxic stuff with natural stuff
The next time you finish a product like a body lotion or shampoo, replace it with something organic and natural. Over a few months, most of your products will be replaced and nothing will have gone to waste, including your sanity!
5. Remember: You are what you eat!
People tend to focus on food as energy, but they forget that vitamins and minerals are vital to good health and long-lasting beauty. Here are some key foods you can add to your diet to get you started.
- Avocado is full of vitamins A, E and B and biotin. Avocados help your skin stay hydrated and your nails and hair stay strong and vibrant.
- Cucumbers have silicon which fights wrinkles and helps skin elasticity.
- Eggs are high in protein, which helps build strong healthy hair. They also have vitamin E, which hydrates and strengthens your skin.
- Greens like spinach, kale, romaine, and collards are also great sources of essential vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamin C and E, which are antioxidants and help protect the skin from aging and sun damage.
- Tomatoes are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent free radicals and oxidative damage to your skin and internal organs. Tomatoes also contain silicon, which helps keep skin elastic.
- Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids. These create strong skin cells that are more resistant to sun damage and better at keeping out environmental toxins. It also has astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles.
- Raw chocolate contains flavanols, which improve the skin’s appearance and skin texture and increases blood flow. It’s also high in zinc, which prevents acne, aging and skin damage such as wrinkles.
- Green Tea & Rooibos Tea: Green tea is an excellent source of polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants. Rooibos tea is also high in antioxidants, but has no caffeine which can be dehydrating.
When you eliminate synthetics and toxic ingredients from your skin care routine, your skin will naturally improve. Another benefit is that with healthier skin, you’ll need fewer products and have a simpler skin care regime.