Detox your skin / New you resolution

You’ve heard about detox diets that help eliminate toxins from your body. But can you detox your skin? Are you having a good holiday? Has it been a restful, quiet, battery-recharging break, or a hectic time of social butterflying and merry-making? If the face in the mirror reflect weeks of overindulging in rich food and drink while under-indulging in sleep – i.e., dull, sallow complexion, oiliness and spots, or redness and irritation – this could be a sign that your skin is as overwrought and sluggish as you feel. Now is the time to get serious about giving yourself and your skin a fresh start that will carry you refreshed and radiant into 2016.

The answer to whether you can detox your skin is most definitely! Your skin is one of your body’s main organs that eliminates waste and toxins, mostly via perspiration. It also reflects our general well being to the world. A deep cleanse both inside and out is our holiday gift to you. These great mix-and- match detox tips you that will keep you healthy and give you a clear, fabulous- looking complexion.

Outer beauty

Get sweaty. Exercise gets your heart rate up and your skin perspiring, which pushes toxins out of your body and unblock pores. Try working up a sweat at least three times a week, and add a session of hot yoga or sauna, unless it’s not advised for health reasons.

Slough it off. Besides getting rid of dull, dead skin cells, dry brushing increases your circulation and stimulates lymph drainage. Every second day, before you shower, use a natural-bristle brush and brush your skin gently but firmly in circular motions. Start at your feet and work upwards, massaging toward your heart. Do both front and back. For facial exfoliation, we like double-duty products like clay or mud exfoliators that draw out impurities as they remove dead skin cells, as well as chemical exfoliators that have enzymes from papaya, etc., which gently melt the ‘glue’ holding old skin cells.

Up the anti(oxidants). Choose intensive serums and daily skin treatments rich in antioxidants to fight pollutants and skin aggressors that damage your skin. Complement it with a broadscreen sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 and UVA protection.

The inner you

Drink up. Forgive us for stating the obvious… drinking water is most important for detoxing your body. There’s been much debate about how much is enough or too much, so we recommend two litres a day, and a bit more if you are perspiring through exercise or heat. Make sure it’s filtered of chemicals, and make it work harder and taste delicious by adding cleansing foods like lemon, ginger and cucumber to your water jug, or substitute with a couple of cups a day of tea – nettle, ginger or dandelion tea can help calm inflammation and improve liver and kidney function, speeding up toxin removal.

Eliminate the junk. You knew this was coming… processed foods, refined sugars and junk food, artificial sweeteners are off the menu for at least two weeks, but preferably for good.

Be smart about it. You get a daily dose of anthocyanadin antioxidants, which help protect skin cells against free radical damage, from the blackberry extract in Zehra Age Beautifully, along with Peptan™ (an extremely pure Type I hydrolysed collagen identical to that found in our bones and skin). This helps the skin improve its moisture levels so it functions optimally, and supplements your body’s own collagen production. Vitamin C and co-enzyme Q10 add their powerful anti-ageing, collagen-boosting benefits. Mix one or two sachets of the low-calorie supplement into a glass of water or smoothie (see below) for a stronger, plumper, smoother, springier and better-hydrated skin.

Become a picky eater. Try sticking to alkaline-rich fruits and vegetables, like kale, broccoli, apples, bananas, watermelon, nuts and spinach. Alkaline minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium keep our skin, hair, teeth and bones strong and healthy. If your diet contains too many acidic foods (processed meat, fish, baked goods, alcohol and coffee, cheese), your body will leach the alkaline minerals it needs from your bones, etc. Beetroot contains the antioxidant betacyanin which supports liver and lymphatic health. Make a delicious Zehra-enriched smoothie with these tasty foods.

Add probiotics and gentle fibre to the mix. Yoghurt with ‘live’ plain bacteria, or a probiotic supplement help keep your gut happy and absorbing nutrients efficiently, while eliminating undesirables. Get gluten-free fibre from quinoa, millet or amaranth.

Don’t you feel better already?