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If you want clear, glowing skin, the occasional makeup detox is strongly recommended…

Did you know that one of the quickest ways of toxins getting into our bodies is through the largest organ we have – our skin? While our digestive system has a way of cleansing the toxins from inside our body, it is often the skin that reintroduces a lot of them into us. It is therefore essential, that along with detox treatments for our bodies, we also have similar rituals which allows our skin to be unclogged, free to breathe and have the ability to reclaim natural freshness.

What does a makeup detox entail?

This means that we need to give up on our makeup completely. For many of us, this may not be a workable option. What you can do for starters is go a specific number of days without make-up. For example, the 5:2 policy, where you use make-up for five days and none for two.

A makeup detox does not mean neglecting to care for your skin. The most important aspect of a makeup detox is to spare the skin and other areas from all manufactured chemical products and go au naturel instead. Use only natural oils and homemade recipes to moisturize, tone and cleanse your skin. Consider it a Sabbath time for all the colors, brushes and even face wash liquids.

Ditch nail polishes and lip colors. Let your natural glow be your only cosmetic. It is not as difficult as one would imagine it to be. The effect of continuous use of artificial colors may not be evident but they are bound to take a toll on the body. Nails may appear yellowish without nail polish and lips may appear darker without lip gloss. But a makeup-free period allows the body to regain its original texture and radiance.

Go natural

There are healthy alternatives such as gel from the aloe vera in your garden, good old flours such as rice flour, gram flour, etc, and the ever-dependable oils such as jojoba oil, castor oil and coconut oil. Combining these with other ingredients such as turmeric or juice of a lemon, orange rinds and so on, help in thorough cleansing, moisturizing and toning of the skin. Shampoos must be substituted with simple yet effective hair conditioners such as apple cider vinegar or plain old baking soda.

It goes without saying that a makeup detox also involves cleansing of the skin internally by eating and drinking detox foods such as green tea and avoiding junk food for the period.

The changes that will be visible in your skin definitely make the whole exercise worth the effort.

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