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AF­TER De­cem­ber’s boozy, party-filled weeks, many of us em­bark on Dry Jan­uary, quit­ting al­co­hol, eat­ing healthily and hit­ting the gym – hard. Have you ever con­sid­ered, how­ever, that you should be detox­ing your skin, not just your liver?

“It’s com­mon for peo­ple to overindulge dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod,” says Tracey Wil­mot, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor at Mu­rad.

But, she warns, all those glasses of fizz and tins of Qual­ity Street take their toll: “Ex­cess al­co­hol and high-su­gar foods can lead to loss of ra­di­ance, de­hy­dra­tion and a dull-look­ing com­plex­ion.”

On the other hand, you might be see­ing more blem­ishes or blotchy patches.

“If you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing oilier skin, break­outs or the skin shows signs of red­ness or sen­si­tiv­ity, it could be time for a de­tox.”

That doesn’t mean go­ing cold turkey on skin­care – far from it – though there are some prod­ucts you may want to ease off on.

Here are seven ideas from skin­care ex­perts to get you started...

1 Use a clay mask twice a week

“A GOOD clay mask can help draw the im­pu­ri­ties out of your skin, un­clog blocked pores, and re­vi­talise a dull com­plex­ion,” says Tracey.

“Look for kaolin clay or vol­canic clay, which con­trols ex­cess oil and deep cleanses the skin.”

2 Drink lots of wa­ter – and eat it too

“DE­HY­DRA­TION is of­ten the big­gest cul­prit dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son,” Tracey says, “be­cause al­co­hol not only de­hy­drates our cells but also causes blotchy red skin and ex­ac­er­bates sen­si­tiv­ity and red­ness.”

That’s why it’s im­por­tant to boost mois­ture lev­els from the in­side by drink­ing plenty of wa­ter, and ‘eat­ing’ it in the form of wa­ter-rich foods.

“Eat­ing wa­ter-rich foods, such as ap­ples and broc­coli, not only hy­drates the skin at the cel­lu­lar level, but also de­liv­ers the nu­tri­ents needed for health­ier skin. Add lemon to your wa­ter for a good cleanse and to help di­ges­tion.”

3 Take a break from dry­ing prod­ucts

“SINCE the new year will be the dead of win­ter for those of us in the north­ern hemi­sphere, most in­di­vid­u­als need to add hy­dra­tion and mois­tur­i­sa­tion,” says Dr Gre­gory Bays Brown, founder of Re­vive Skin­care.

“As such, I would sug­gest de­creas­ing the fre­quency of prod­ucts that can con­trib­ute to dry­ing, such as retin-a or retinol creams and peels.”

That way, your skin cells can hold onto all that ex­tra wa­ter you’re giv­ing them.

4 De­clut­ter your skin­care

“START by detox­ing your prod­ucts and make-up,” rec­om­mends celebrity fa­cial­ist and laser spe­cial­ist Deb­bie Thomas.

“Check use-by dates and throw away out-of-date prod­ucts, as they lose their ef­fec­tive­ness and have higher like­li­hood of har­bour­ing bac­te­ria.

“Then check if you have prod­ucts you just don’t use – they can ei­ther be used on other body ar­eas, or give them to a friend who’s more suited to them.” 5 Add an ex­tra mois­tur­is­ing step

“WE lose most of our hy­dra­tion when we are sleep­ing, so it’s es­sen­tial to add a good mois­turiser to your regime to help re­plen­ish and re­pair the skin,” Tracey ad­vises.

If you don’t al­ready use a serum af­ter you cleanse in the evening, con­sider ad­ding one that con­tains hyaluronic acid (an in­gre­di­ent which helps your skin re­tain mois­ture), be­fore your usual night cream.

Al­ter­na­tively, a face oil can make a huge dif­fer­ence – all it takes is a few drops rubbed be­tween your palms and smoothed over your face to get rid of those an­noy­ing flaky patches, with­out leav­ing a greasy fin­ish. 6 Ex­fo­li­ate gen­tly

“EXFOLIATION is key to a good de­tox, stim­u­lat­ing skin cell turnover and un­clog­ging blocked pores,” Tracey says.

“If you nor­mally ex­fo­li­ate weekly, now is the time to step up to twice a week, to re­ally ac­cel­er­ate the ben­e­fits.

“Look for for­mu­las that have nat­u­ral pol­ished beads, such as jo­joba, and a com­bi­na­tion of hy­droxy acids, to help con­di­tion the skin and re­store that glow.”

7 Don’t for­get SPF

“IT’S also im­por­tant to not for­get sun­screen,” says Dr Brown.

He says even though the sun is less present, it can still have harm­ful ef­fects in the win­ter months.

So, make sure a cream that’s at least SPF 30 is part of your morn­ing rou­tine.

Mu­rad’s Tracey Wil­mot

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