4 Step At Home Weekend Skin Detox Routine
You can do this whole skin detox routine at home, so it’s definitely something you can keep up with.
Of course, going to a spa for a facial would be a great addition to this, but right now, people can’t do that. Plus, that gets pricey. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have good skin. Good habits are really more important than good products.
I mean, those good products do nothing for you if they’re always sitting on the shelf.
Also, this will be worthless if you don’t help your skin from the inside out. So definitely drink water and take your vitamins.
Step 1: Sweat
Any way you can do it, get your sweat on. Go for a jog, workout at the gym, take a hike, sweat while you sit at the beach. Whatever way you can get some exercise in and sweat out works. Get that sweat out on both Saturday and Sunday.
There are actually a lot of benefits of sweating. The jury is out on if sweating releases toxins (it really is a split vote, but you can read more about it here).
I remember reading an article years ago about how heat opens your pores and allows dirt and grime to escape. Sweat does the same, so exercising and sweating can really do wonders for your skin.
Plus, exercise releases endorphins. So you’re in a better mood. And then you smile more, and that’s just great for an overall glow. Plus, after a lot of exercising, you might just feel good about your body too. So many benefits.
After you sweat, don’t wipe your face. Instead, use a cool towel to blot your skin dry. If you wipe, you can spread the dirt and grime around and get it back into your pores. Plus, the cool water will close those pores back up so they don’t stay open and susceptible to dirt.
Step 2: Exfoliation
A daily exfoliator can really do wonders for your skin. I had terrible breakouts recently (honestly, I think it’s from too much wash wearing) and I instantly bought an exfoliating face scrub. A few days into using it daily, my breakouts were gone and my skin felt softer and smoother.
Be careful with choosing your exfoliating face scrub, though. You want to use one to remove dead skin cells, but you want to avoid ones with walnut shells in them because those shells can be too abrasive on your skin. You’ll end up with tiny cuts all over, and those cuts will invite dirt into your skin — and really just hurt the skin on your face overall.
I also highly recommend using a Japanese washcloth daily. It will exfoliate the skin over your entire body, removing the dead skin, and leaving your skin really smooth. You don’t get that same benefit from using a traditional cloth washcloth.
If you don’t exfoliate with a face scrub and Japanese washcloth daily, at least use something like a loofah and face scrub every Saturday. Make exfoliating part of your weekend routine.
Step 3: Detox Bath
Baths are so relaxing. We have this huge garden tub in our master bathroom, and it was one of the draws of this house model. There’s no time in the day to take a bath every day, but carving out some time on Sunday nights to just take a relaxing detox bath is a great idea.
Epsom salt baths aren’t just as simple as pouring some Epsom salt into a bathtub and soaking. To start, you should add about a cup of Epsom salt into a warm bath. Don’t add too much because it can make your tub really slippery, and that can be dangerous. Allow the Epsom salt to dissolve completely.
Then, the timing of your bath will be based on what you need. Twelve minutes is all you need for muscle soreness and pain (that’s what I need it for) and an hour is for relaxation and anti-stress (you can see more Epsom bath timing recommendations here). So hopefully you can find 12 minutes every Sunday where you can do something for you and for your body.
Adding a few drops of a lavender essential oil is super calming too, so definitely add some to your bath water before you get in the tub.
Step 4: Natural Skin Care and Cosmetics
After you go through the first three steps to really detoxify your skin, you want to make sure you are using the most face-friendly makeup and skin care products after.
If you feel comfortable in your own skin, and you might after this, go out with a fresh face. You definitely want to apply some sunscreen if you’re going outdoors though because no sunscreen is so bad for you in the long run. You’ll love the tan now, but you’ll regret it when you’re an old person with sunspots.
If you do want to wear makeup, that’s fine. Just try and look for natural products without harsh chemicals that can clog your pores. Also, be sure to wash your face before bed to remove all your makeup. You definitely don’t want to sleep with your makeup on. It will not only potentially clog your pores but it will also dirty up your pillowcase.
Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s a good habit to wash your face at night before bed. Personally, I love using microcellular water. Just a quick wash to remove the dirt and impurities from the day can make a huge difference.
What other skin detox tips do you have? Be sure to leave them in the comments.