Detox your way to Flawless Skin
Toxicity is unavoidable. In our everyday lives, all of us are exposed to some of the residual burden of the two to three thousand new-to-nature chemicals which are invented and released into the environment every year.
Toxins are absorbed into our systems through several different pathways; our skin, food, water, and air. The skin is constantly being exposed to impurities from pollution, make-up, perspiration and environmental exposures like the sun and weather.
Here’s what we can do about it…
Minimise Exposure – Reduce the incoming toxic load through the diet and lifestyle.
Detox – Your practitioner can help recommend a safe, gentle detox program that will help clear your body of accumulated toxins. Supplements may be recommended support your body and help it detoxify, allowing your body’s detoxification and repair systems to function efficiently, without causing any undesirable side effects.
Face & Body Treatments – An inner cleanse works wonders in conjunction with detoxifying facials, full body massage, lymphatic drainage techniques and saunas. Encourage your body to sweat and remove wastes through your skin. For a glowing radiant complexion indulge your skin with an intensive detox facial program. This is the ultimate treatment package designed to first eliminate the skins built up toxins, exfoliate the damaged skin cells, accelerate cell renewal and nourish your radiant new skin. This treatment may be prescribed and applied by your Skin Care practitioner to treat a range of skin conditions.
Drink Water – One of the easies things to do to get your system detoxifying better is to drink lots of water. Ideally the water should be as pure as possible, so buy a bottle or get a filter. Drink at least two litres of water per day; more if it’s hot or you’re exercising.
Body Brushing – Doing this daily will support circulation and increase skin detoxification. Using a loofah or natural fibre body brush apply short, light strokes and work your way up from the feet, paying more attention to heels, knees and elbows. Rinse off in the shower with luke warm water and use a moisturising body wash (not soap). Towel-pat your skin dry and follow with an oil-based moisturiser.
Detoxify your environment
- Minimise Packaged food
- Eat organic foods
- Eat less meat and dairy (animal fat stores toxins)
- Avoid charred meat
- Minimise consumption of certain fish and shellfish: Deep sea fish found with high levels of Mercury: large tuna, swardfish, shark, king mackerel, tilefish. PCB’s found in farmed salmon.
- Drink lots of purified or spring water
- Use BPA-free water bottles and canned food
- Avoid drugs, alcohol and cigarettes
- Keep pharmaceuticals to a minimum
- Use non toxic cleaning agents; chemical free dry cleaners
- Use natural personal care products free of phthalates and parabens
- Avoid synthetic fragrnaces
- Wash your hands regularly
- Dry skin brushing, lymphatic drainage massage
- Exercise and saunas – sweat more
- Reduce stress, sleep and rest well
Click on the Link for a great chart from the Practitioner only Metagenics Detox program of Food You Can Enjoy and Food to Avoid during your Detox
Pregnancy: Detoxification should not be attempted during pregnancy. If you fall pregnant while doing a detox you should stop the program and contact your Practitioner. If you are planning to conceive, it is however, a very good idea for both partners to detoxify before pregnancy. Eggs and sperm take three to four months to develop, so you should aim to have completed your detox at least four months prior to conception.
Medication: Many prescription medications can be affected by the detoxification process. However, it is unusual that you will need to alter the dosage of the medication you are taking; you may just need to separate the doses away from your detox supplements. Your Practitioner will be able to advise you if the medication you are taking will be affected by your detox, and if this is the case, will provide recommendations on what to do. Be sure to inform your Practitioner of any medication you are taking before you start your detox.
Side effects: Occasionally people may experience adverse symptoms during a detoxification program, such as nausea, changes in bowel function or headaches. Generally these are short term and will resolve without need for intervention; however, you should discuss them with your Practitioner if they are severe or last more than a few days.