What are the skin benefits of a detox?
We all have that friend who we love to hate - she bounds into your brunch date, orders a smoothie bowl and flags the coffee, instead opting for water. She's on a detox, and she looks amazing - her skin is glowing, her eyes are bright and there ain’t a pimple in sight. If your skin hasn’t been playing the game lately, maybe it's time to jump on the detox bus and see what all the hype is about – Here are four reasons why your skin is going to love you for it.
You may have wondered if it was just a tall tale our Mum told us in a bid to stop eating greasy fast-food, but there is, in fact, a link with eating bad food and having bad skin – shock horror – good skin starts from within. To break it down, pimples or acne are often the result of an excess of oil production that doesn’t clear on the skin – this then becomes trapped in the pores and voila, a pimple is born. If you are eating a diet high in sugar and fats, you are only adding more oil/fat into your daily intake, which shows on the skin. Most detox programmes will advise you to cut out sugar and high trans fats from your diets in a bid to reduce the oil and fat intake.
If you can imagine how good the inside of your body must look and feel when flushed from all the nasties (salt, trans fats, caffeine and alcohol), you can see why your skin glows when you’re treating your body right. Your skin is a reflection of how you are treating your internal health, no amount of fancy serums and lotions will work if you're not looking after your insides. Expect your skin to become brighter, more radiant and the texture to improve when you're detoxing.
Beyoncé has always been a fan of a healthy detox for her health and wellbeing
Contours to kill
While you might not be detoxing to lose weight, a common side effect from cutting back in some areas is weight loss; more specifically, you are going to feel a lot less “puffy”. Almost every detox on the grid is going to require you to up your water intake, potentially cut out alcohol as well as alter your food intake which all works to flush out your system. Eating and drinking substances that cause an inflammatory effect in your body will often cause swelling, bloating, and redness.
Calm the farm
Redness is another common gripe if the takeaways and wines have been slowly increasing – let’s face it, this cold weather just begs for Netflix and Uber Eats - but sadly, these are common culprits when redness is an issue. Loading your daily food intake with fresh leafy greens is a great way to reduce inflammation, which in turn will reduce redness.
Does this make you want to look at doing a detox?