We’re well into January, and it almost feels like the Christmas break didn’t happen, or does it? Has your skin been left with the tell-tale signs of festive over-indulgence? A poor diet, lack of sleep and excessive makeup application can leave our skin in need of a pick-me-up or even a detox.
At Brentwood Academy, we’re passionate about both health and beauty. We want to ensure that people look, and more importantly feel their best all of the time. To help you out, we’ve come up with 7 top tips for detoxing your skin this January. From indulgent face-masks to making changes to your diet, and, with most of these tips involving products that you already have at home, we’re saving you money too.
Whether you need some tips for getting your own skin back into great condition after a period of neglect, or, if you’re helping your clients with a new year detox, we can help!
With brands constantly increasing the staying power of their makeup products, the process of fully removing them from our skin is lengthening.
Double cleansing first became a hit back in 2014, when experts realised that a single cleanse only removed the top layer of makeup and grime from our faces. A second cleanse was needed to ensure that all product residue was removed, and, to best prepare our skin for the next steps in our skincare routine.
In order to double cleanse, you’ll need two different cleansers.
- Oil based ‘balm’ cleanser to melt and remove any trace of makeup from the skin
- Your ‘normal’ cleanser, preferably a product that you know works for your skin type
First, apply the oil based cleansing balm to dry skin whilst still wearing a full face of makeup. Rinse your face using warm water, use a flannel or muslin cloth to remove any excess product and gently exfoliate your skin. Then, take the 2nd product and repeat for soft, clean and clear skin.
2. Facial Peel
Scary as they may sound, facial peels are a pain free, quick and easy way to get your skin glowing after weeks of neglecting your skincare routine. Peels work by breaking apart the uppermost layer of skin, removing dead and damaged cells, resulting in soft, radiant skin.
For maximum rejuvenation during your detox, try peels packed with fruit acids. These encourage skin cell turnover, boosting collagen and elastin production, leaving you with a youthful glow.
Look out for:
- Malic acid – Apples and pears
- Citric acid – Oranges and lemons
- Tartaric acid – Grapes
3. Apply a Face Mask
Treating yourself to a face mask it an easy way to get a spa-like feeling of indulgence in your own home. It the perfect treatment to carry out if you need a little bit of ‘me time’. You can apply the product to your face before relaxing with your favourite TV series or a good book for 20 minutes while it works it’s magic.
Face masks are a hugely versatile treatment as there is a product suitable for every skin ailment or complaint. Charcoal masks are great for unblocking pores to leave skin clear, glowing and blemish free while clay based face masks add much needed moisture to dehydrated skin.
Exfoliation is key to getting super soft, supple skin. As we age, the rate at which we produce new skin cells slows, leaving old ones to build up on the surface of our skin. This leads to a dull, dry complexion. Exfoliation removes old cells, leaving our skin soft, smooth and glowing.
Before choosing an exfoliator to use during your detox, it’s important to consider the sensitivity of your skin. Exfoliators packed with harsh grains can dry your skin out and should be avoided if your skin is already dehydrated from weeks of unhealthy eating and poor water intake.
5. Facial Steaming
Clogged pores can lead to a whole host of other skin problems; irritation, acne and even infection. Facial steaming is a simple and effective way to detox your skin from the inside out. It requires no specialist equipment, making it the perfect at home treatment.
A steam bath causes you to sweat, pushing dirt and toxins out through your pores, leaving them clean and clear. Unblocked pores also allows for your skincare products to penetrate deeper into your skin, maximising the effect that they’ll have.
How to steam:
- Pull your hair away from your face
- Wash your face well to ensure that no product is left behind
- Bring water to the boil in a saucepan
- Transfer water into a glass bowl already on the table where you will be steaming your skin
- Once in a comfortable position, lean over the bowl and drape a towel over your head, creating a tent over you and the bowl of water
- Stay over the steam for between 10 and 15 minutes, or until the steam cools.
After steaming, give your face a second cleanse to remove any leftover dirt and debris, rinse your face with cool to lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.
6. Change your Diet
When it comes to your new year detox, your diet is as important as the skincare products that you choose. Limiting your dairy, sugar and caffeine intake leads to radiant, glowing skin whilst antioxidant rich berries reduce the visible signs of aging. Keeping your skin hydrated from the inside is vital to stop it from becoming dehydrated. Adding fruit to bottles of water can encourage you to drink more whilst swapping your normal cuppa for green tea will boost both your skin and your body!
7. Let Skin Breathe
The benefits of giving your skin a break from heavy makeup are endless, and, no makeup days are great for your bank balance too. Laying off your favourite foundation for a while gives your skin time to breath and ensures that all of your other skincare steps are effective.
Try using a light, oil free moisturiser to keep your skin soft and hydrated, without causing pores to clog. If you really can’t go without any coverage, try a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
At Brentwood Academy, we’re passionate about helping our students and their clients look and feel their best, all year round. If you’d like to turn your passion for health and beauty into a career, our IAO Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Techniques (RQF) can help. For more information, contact us, or, leave your details and one of our advisers will get back to you!