We all know that pollution in the air is making our world increasingly hostile to our well-being, by leading to a build-up of toxins in the body. Among all the organs, the skin is one of the first to bear the brunt of air pollutants, which not only attack the skin surface but also lead to an accumulation of toxins. These disrupt the normal balances of the skin, leading to premature ageing signs, skin sensitivity, rashes, pimples, and acne. The skin looks dull and lacks vitality. What is the solution? Many theories abound, but its best to go nature’s way and detox the system, to look and feel good.
Mind The Diet
Bring about changes in your diet. Start adding a couple of raw, natural foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetable juice in your daily meals. Not only do they detoxify the digestive tract by promoting the elimination of wastes, but also bring about a sense of well-being. Include fresh fruits and lightly cooked vegetables, unprocessed cereals, sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, yogurt. Fresh juices of fruits and vegetables are the richest sources of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and enzymes. Recently cold-pressed juices have become popular. Experts say that cold-pressed juices contain more nutrients. Drink plenty of water. Have the juice of a lemon with a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. This helps to flush the system.
Deep Cleansing & Exfoliation Is The Key
For external skin detox, deep cleansing and exfoliation with scrubs help to cleanse the skin of dead cells. Look for cleansers containing sandalwood, eucalyptus, mint, neem, tulsi, aloe vera, lemon, etc. All these elements are amazing for the skin and they also have anti-toxic and tonic properties that further help to clear skin congestion and eruptions.
Try Skin Brushing
Another concept called skin brushing is highly effective in the elimination of toxins from the skin. This treatment is basically to get rid of cellulite, which is caused by deposits of water, fat, and other wastes accumulated in pockets beneath the skin. Therefore, the entire surface is exfoliated with the help of rough cloth, or a natural bristle brush. You’re supposed to start from the feet and go upwards. Then brush from lower to upper arms. Go across the shoulders and back. Brush gently on the chest and abdomen.
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Use Activated Charcoal
More than ever, activated charcoal is now being used to remove pollutants from the skin for its ability to draw out toxins. Not only this, but it also refines the pores and removes dead skin cells, therefore brightening up the skin. Activated charcoal can be used in face masks for great effects. All you need to do is mix activated charcoal with aloe vera gel and rose water. Apply a thin and even layer on the face, avoiding the lips and area around the eyes. For acne-prone skin, add 3 to 4 drops of tea tree oil and rose water to activated charcoal, for a face mask. Wash off the masks after 20 minutes. Activated charcoal may be available at a chemist shop.
Take Up Yoga
The exercises or asanas are particularly beneficial for strengthening the body, making it flexible, supple, and youthful. They are combined with breathing exercises, improving oxygenation, purifying the organ systems, and inducing relaxation of body and mind. There is no feeling of fatigue. Instead, there is physical and mental exhilaration. Indeed, according to yoga, the body is the temple of the soul.
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