Detox, as the name suggests, is the act of flushing out all the toxins from the system. We need a little switch up every now and then to cleanse from within, for several health benefits. Similarly, our skin requires detoxing to get rid of dirt and residual impurities to stay healthy and glowing. We’re listing down five ingredients you need to add to your skincare routine to give yourself the perfect skin detox at home.
By now, we all know about the umpteen beauty benefits of turmeric, aka our beloved haldi. Turmeric is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated skin. This makes it a great kitchen solution for people with acne-prone skin. Even Bollywood celebrities swear by this golden spice. It’s not just great for acne, but also the stubborn scars that acne leaves behind. Turmeric can also aid in soothing your skin if you’re suffering from sunburns.
Just mix a spoon with some aloe vera gel like the Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel and apply it all over the trouble areas. Wash it off in 10-15 minutes and your skin is bound to feel better.
You must have seen your beautician add salt to the water for manicure and pedicure. Besides reducing pain and relaxing your muscles, salt has various other skin benefits. Salt is a brilliant ingredient to cure scaly and dehydrated skin. All-natural salt is full of beneficial electrolytes that help with healthy cell activity. They calm the skin with their anti-inflammatory properties. It also removes dirt, grime and dead skin cells from the top layer to reveal smoother skin. You can use this to make your own body scrub as well.
Just mix two spoons of salt with two spoons of honey and exfoliate your body with the mixture. You can use this on your face, just ensure that you have small salt granules or you’ll risk over-exfoliating the skin.
Coffee does more than just wake you up each morning. It has multiple benefits for the skin, whether it’s by consumption or topical application. Coffee is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals. The amount of antioxidant properties in coffee is significantly higher than tea or wine. It’s loaded with vitamin B3, which increases skin elasticity and reduces hyperpigmentation and redness. Coffee scrubs have also been known to reduce the appearance of cellulite with regular use.
Just mix a couple of spoons of ground coffee with some coconut oil and use it to exfoliate cleansed skin. Avoid using this on your face.
04. Green tea
Green tea is considered ‘the healthiest drink’ by many people. It has nutrients and antioxidant properties that have countless health benefits. Its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to treat acne and oily skin. Apart from fighting acne and excess sebum production, green tea is also known to improve skin elasticity to prevent premature wrinkles. Green tea is also popularly used for reducing swelling and puffiness.
You can cool a green tea bag in the fridge for 10 minutes and use it under your eyes to get rid of baggy under your eyes. Try to use a green tea bag without any flavouring for this one.
Clay masks are well-loved in the beauty community for their ability to draw out impurities from under the surface. They can get rid of the toughest and stubbornest pimples by uprooting them from within. Try a clay mask like the Lakmé 9to5 Vitamin C+ Clay Mask to give your skin a thorough cleanse. The base of this clay mask is a mix of niacinamide, bentonite clay and kaolin clay. Both these clays are perfect for drawing out all the impurities from the skin. Plus, it’s also enriched with Vitamin C, an antioxidant powerhouse known to strengthen the skin barrier and fight skin woes like premature ageing, sun damage, and dullness.