My skin care routine has been consistent and consistency is key. However, if you see something is not working, it may be time to really check why.
After adding the toner to my routine, I noticed a few pimples that I don’t believe to be hormonally connected. However, at the same time, I do notice visibly tighter pores.
So what’s wrong? Well remember in ‘5 Reasons you should use a toner,’ I stated that, my skin doesn’t like toners as they are very drying. (Psst…I think my skin just doesn’t like change in general but that’s for another story.)
Anyway, long story short, it was time for a body detox. So I’ve talked about “Skin fasting” but it was time to detox my body but not by fasting, by cleaning it out.
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When I was younger, my mom and grandma would always give me drinks to clean out my system. As I got older, I drastically neglected that teaching. However, it’s time to return to basics.
Step 1: Reduce or Eliminate Sugars and Sodium
So I began by cutting out unnecessary sugars and reducing my sodium intake.
I’m a work in progress so I honestly did have a few cheat days.
Step 2: Eat healthier food
Processed foods are detrimental to your health. Growing up in the Caribbean islands, trees with an abundance of fruit was readily available. If I had the pictures, I’d show you how clean my skin was.
Fruits, vegetables, whole grain and a healthy selection from the food pyramid will do wonders. Also, variety is the spice of life, so change it up sometimes.
Step 3: Reduce fried foods
This is very similar to cutting out sodium. Fried foods have an abundance of oil, trans fat, sodium and calories. Consequently, they clog your pores making your toner work extra hard.
I’m addicted to fried chicken so this is really hard for me but this is necessary to detox your skin.
Step 4: Drink plenty water
Water nourishes your body. Drinking 6-8 glasses of water, though it may be hard to remember, does wonders for the suppleness of your skin.
My doctor even recommended drinking water with electrolytes but just make sure you’re active.
Of course, refrain from vitamin water or other water with added sugars.
Step 5: Detox every 3 months
So last winter, I created what I feel to be one of the best concoctions for cleaning out my body.
It’s a secret recipe that I plan to share later. However, there are many detox teas out on the market that clean your liver and kidneys. You can also create your own remedy. Some ingredients I love are lemon, ginger, and cucumber.
Step 6: Be Consistent
Consistency is key for these steps to work. A goal I’ve been working on this year is being consistent and thankfully I’ve been doing well. So, no excuses! Keep following the recommended steps and within a month or two, you’ll thank me.
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