Post-Holiday Season Cleanse: How to Detoxify Your Skin to Avoid After-Party Effects

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As the holiday season winds down, everyone is getting back into their everyday routine. But after all those holiday feasts and desserts, you might be looking (and feeling) a little drab. What’s the best way to get back on track? Body and skin detoxification.

Skin detoxification is important for a few reasons. For one, it’s a good idea to rid yourself of all the toxins from the unhealthy foods and alcoholic beverages you probably ingested over the holidays. Most family gatherings consist of eating, drinking, and sitting around, so you probably didn’t get much exercise either. As such, it’s important to use skin detox products to keep your skin looking and feeling as healthy as possible.

Cleansing your body and skin can also help revamp your routine and get you back into the swing of everyday life. Wondering how to detox your skin and not sure where to begin? Here are some tips on how to begin your skin detoxification and some awesome products to help you get started.

How to Detox Your Skin after the Holidays

We know that you slayed your makeup looks at every holiday party you attended, but piling on makeup products isn’t the best for your skin. But we’d never stop contouring, which is why it’s so important to properly cleanse your skin after wearing makeup. Double cleansing your skin is the perfect way to do this. Byrdie says:

“To make sure you’re cleansing your skin thoroughly and starting your detox correctly, make sure you are double-cleansing; use an oil-based cleanser (we’re obsessed with Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48) first to melt off oil-based makeup residue, then your normal (hopefully sulfate-free) cleanser afterward. Cleansing your face twice might seem excessive (not to mention time consuming), but it’s vital to a clear complexion—trust.”

We couldn’t agree more with this tip. Double cleansing is sure to get all the grime out of your pores and leave you with a healthy, refreshed glow.

You can also pamper your skin by doing a face mask once a week, or even more if you’re using a super gentle one. You want to choose a mask based on your skin’s specific needs in order to detox for skin problems. Clay and charcoal masks tend to be great for oily skin, while those with dry skin should opt for something with more hydrating properties. The Origins skincare brand is known for using a variety of natural ingredients and offer a wide array of masks for every skin type. Visit your local Sephora to get your hands on a masking set like this one:

Steaming your face is another great way to cleanse your skin during your detox. A simple way to rid your pores of pollutants, facial steams are incredibly easy to do. Simply fill a bowl with boiling water, place a towel over your head, and let the steam detoxify your skin. If you want to amp up your facial steam, add some herbs to the bowl before pouring in the water. Byrdie recommends parsley “because it acts as a natural astringent, drawing out toxins and impurities in pores.”



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