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Do Nothing: The Ultimate Skin Detox

Skincare

Do Nothing: The Ultimate Skin Detox

Brooke Slade

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When it comes to detoxing, there are so many products and processes that we’ve come to rely on in order to “detox” our bodies. But, would you be surprised if I told you that your body already knows how to clean itself? Surprise! The human body, and each of its many parts, has a way of self-cleansing.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the products and processes we rely on do help, but maybe not in the ways that we think. Your hot lemon water, herbal treatments and other methods are actually encouraging and aiding your body’s natural detoxifying process. Detoxifying foods, supplements and herbs are there to make sure that we are detoxing, optimally. Because, to be frank, we live in a polluted, toxin-filled world so, our bodies may need a little more help than those of our ancestors. Got it?

Now, onto the “do nothing detox”. I stumbled into this process after, yet another, stubborn skin freak-out— ON MY BIRTHDAY. Major first world problem, yes?

I woke up to two painful pimples in the center of my forehead. The feeling of “UGH.” washed over my body. I know, so dramatic. But it was then that I thought, “I’m tired, I need a break. My skin needs a break.”

So, I decided I would do nothing with my skin for a few days. No skincare routine, no makeup—nothing. I would, however, give my skin what it needs: rest and nourishment. For 4 days, I hydrated, ate well, allowed my skin to rest and nourished my skin (on the outside) once per day, using only rose hip oil and water (rinsing).

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I noticed my skin change in just a couple of days. My pimples began to heal, I watched inflamed, irritated skin begin to calm. My skin was self-healing and detoxing. Another day or so later, my skin was brighter, moisturized and it just felt good.

This experience led me to switch up my skincare routine: moving forward, I would detox my skin (or allow my skin to rest), once per month, for about 3-4 days. This was only last month, so I have yet to make it to my second round of skin rest and detox, but, based on the results of the first time, I am excited to try it again.

Do you detox your skin? Any thoughts or questions about skincare? Share your experience in the comments below!