COME CLEAN

HERE’S WHY YOUR FACE DE­SERVES A DETOX TOO

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | YOU - WORDS: CHANTAY LO­GAN

As those cheeky Christ­mas cock­tails start to add up, you may be con­sid­er­ing a diet detox. When you’re clean­ing up your act, don’t for­get your body’s big­gest or­gan — your skin. Skinvitals founder and prod­uct de­vel­oper Lynne Meaney says our skin is ex­posed to a myr­iad of tox­ins and en­vi­ron­men­tal stres­sors on a daily ba­sis, whether they are found in the food we eat, the make-up we use or the pol­lu­tion we are ex­posed to. Here are her tips for pre­vent­ing and re­vers­ing any dam­age:

DOU­BLE CLEANSE

Be­fore go­ing to bed, en­sure you are wash­ing all of your make-up off. Try to do a dou­ble cleanse. Choose an oil based or creamy cleanser that works hard to re­move all makeup, dirt and any residue left from other prod­ucts, and then use a sec­ond cleanser (maybe wash or mi­cel­lar style) as a safe guard. If you’re not sure your cleanser is work­ing cor­rectly, use a face wipe af­ter you get out of the shower — any rem­nants of foun­da­tion or mas­cara will be sure to show up and tell you that your cleanser isn’t do­ing its job. Also be mind­ful of things that your face is touch­ing that might not be clean — your hands, hair and even your pil­low­case.

EX­FO­LI­ATE

Make sure you are ex­fo­li­at­ing at least once and up to three times a week to avoid build up on your skin. Ex­fo­lia­tors work by re­mov­ing the sur­face dead skin cells and any prod­uct by phys­i­cally buff­ing away at the top dead skin lay­ers. Ex­fo­li­at­ing will help to re­move some of those im­pu­ri­ties caused by the el­e­ments and will re­veal brighter and healthy skin.

MOISTURISE AND PRO­TECT

Ex­po­sure to the sun and wind will wreak havoc on your skin, even if you don’t no­tice it straight away. En­sure that you are ap­ply­ing both a mois­turiser and sunscreen un­der­neath your make-up daily. Moisturise again at night and reap­ply sunscreen through­out the day.

TREAT YOUR SKIN REG­U­LARLY

Make time each week to re­ally take care of your skin. Sure it’s im­por­tant to do your daily rou­tine, but work in at least one night per week where you will make time to give your skin an ex­tra detox, like us­ing Skinvitals Detox mask.

DETOX FROM THE IN­SIDE OUT

You are what you eat when it comes to the con­di­tion of your skin. It goes with­out say­ing that con­sum­ing sug­ars and sat­u­rated fats will even­tu­ally af­fect your skin and lead to con­ges­tion and ex­cess se­bum. For glow­ing skin, choose healthy foods, eats lots of fresh veg­eta­bles and fruit and drink plenty of wa­ter to flush out tox­ins. Don’t dis­count what some aer­o­bic ex­er­cise does to help achieve glow­ing, en­er­gised skin. All that oxy­gen not only makes you feel great, but leaves your skin look­ing great too.

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