One of the first thoughts that come to mind when detox water is mentioned is weight loss.
It’s a valid first thought, as detox water for weight loss may produce incredible results. For this reason, many people are willing to begin a detoxification regimen. Other reasons often include trying to improve overall health by taking a few easy to follow steps and preparing a homemade detox water.
There are other great benefits when it comes to drinking detox water aside from weight loss. Detox water is known to produce spectacular results for your skin.
Commercial skin care products are often too harsh for the skin, leaving it in worse condition than before. However, detox water can leave you with healthy looking skin that glows without the negative side effects.
This article will focus on ways for you to use detox water for cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and exfoliating your skin. Additionally, this article will briefly discuss the healing properties associated with detox water and how it can heal scars from acne.
The 5-Step Skincare Routine
The first way in which detox water works to provide you with clearer skin is through cleansing. This is all done inside your body, as the detox water works to help flush your liver and rid your body of harmful toxins. A natural side effect of fewer toxins floating around in your body is clearer skin.
A lemon detox water concoction works wonders in aiding your liver and clearing up your skin. (1) Initially, some people may feel some discomfort when beginning an internal cleanse. This is a perfectly natural reaction and it occurs due to the sudden flushing of toxins from your system. Once the body completes this cleansing process, most people may notice an immediate overall feeling of better health.
While water on its own works great for hydration and flushing the liver from toxins, it can be significantly more effective by adding ingredients with detoxifying properties. As mentioned above, lemon water is one potent detox combination. Limes are another common ingredient that works similarly.
Detox Water Skincare Routine: Cleanse
You can make a detox water drink using several other tasty fruits and vegetables as well. Some options include watermelon, cucumbers, grapefruit, and several types of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries).
Here are some detox water recipes for you to try out for yourselves. (2) In addition, you can use herbs and spices like ginger and mint leaves for flavoring and for many additional health benefits.
All you will need is one to two liters of water, half a lemon, one apple (sliced), five small strawberries (sliced), a handful of fresh mint leaves, and a pinch of raw cinnamon. Add the sliced apple and strawberries into the water along with the mint leaves and cinnamon. Next, squeeze the lemon juice into the water. Let it sit for a few minutes, add some ice, and enjoy a tasty beverage that will work overtime in clearing up your skin.
As we go about our daily lives, it can be quite difficult to keep skin perfectly clean and healthy. Dirt and oil accumulate on our faces throughout the day. It does not help that most of us constantly touch our face with dirty hands which transmit germs and bacteria to pores. This build up of dirt and grime can clog pores and contribute to the development of facial acne.
A skin toner comes in handy when dealing with facial issues like acne, as it works to reduce oil build up, unclog your pores, and restore a healthy pH balance in your skin. The last point previously mentioned is important because many branded toners bought from most stores may contain some harmful ingredients, such as alcohol.
Through prolonged use, alcohol will disrupt the natural pH balance of your skin which may eventually lead to inflammation and dry skin. Using an all-natural skin toner is a great alternative to leave your skin looking clean and healthy.
Common natural ingredients that are constantly being used in homemade skin toner solutions include aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils such as chamomile and lavender. As we previously mentioned, it’s best to avoid alcohol-based ingredients that are typically used as astringents.
Detox Water Skincare Routine: Tone
A great alternative natural astringent is witch hazel or tea tree oil. These days, most people are moving further away from astringent type toners and using water based toners instead. This makes sense, especially when you consider that some healthy detox waters can also double as effective facial toners.
In fact, one great homemade detox water that can be used as an excellent facial toner is very easy to prepare. All that’s required is a bit of water and some raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). (3) Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you’ll need to slightly adjust the water to vinegar ratio. If your skin is more sensitive, you’ll need to dilute the vinegar in more water. For normal or slightly oily skin, you can use less water.
Simply prepare the solution by adding apple cider vinegar to 2-4 parts water and let it sit. Use a cotton swab and apply the solution to your neck and face. Alternatively, you can store it in a spray bottle and apply it that way. This all-natural skin toner is fantastic for balancing pH levels and opening up your pores to remove excess dirt and grime.
Do you moisturize your face on a regular basis? If not, think about this. If you don’t moisturize your face, facial skin will wrinkle faster and the appearance of existing wrinkles may worsen. It’s also worth knowing that acne may also worsen if you do not moisturize. All things considered, it makes sense to take a simple extra step to keep your face looking younger and healthier.
On a basic level, most skin moisturizers should work to help keep your skin from drying out, making it appear healthier. It also helps to protect your skin from environmental stressors like air pollution and harmful UV rays of the sun. (4)
Individuals with dry skin are not the only ones who should moisturize. Even if you have somewhat oily skin, you should still consider using a moisturizer. It will help create a protective barrier over your skin, giving it a soft and smooth feel. Moisturizing will also help to keep the water content in your skin from evaporating, which is possible even with oily skin. This is especially common in the warmer months of the year.
Water-Based Moisturizer vs. Oil-Based Moisturizer
When you finally decide to start moisturizing your skin, it can be a little difficult to choose the right moisturizer to use on your face. The two most common types of moisturizers are water and oil-based products. The difference between the two is quite simple and it actually just lies in the name.
A water based moisturizer will contain water as an ingredient, and vice versa for an oil based moisturizer. Beyond that, both types will usually feature similar ingredients. One of the main benefits of choosing a water based moisturizer is how much faster it’s absorbed by the skin. Many oil based moisturizers don’t absorb well into the skin which is important to keep in mind.
Detox Water Skincare Routine: Moisturize
You can whip up your own facial moisturizer at home and avoid some of the chemical ingredients found in brands being sold in stores. One of our favorites is actually both water and oil based, using carefully selected ingredients that work in tandem to lock in moisture and keep your face hydrated for longer.
The water based moisturizer uses 4 tablespoons of aloe vera juice, one teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, half a teaspoon of argan oil, and finally, a quarter teaspoon of watermelon seed oil. Combine all of the ingredients in a dropper bottle, shake well, and you’re all set. Put 3-4 drops on your palm, rub them together, and apply evenly to your face. We’re sure you’ll love the results you get from using it.
Exfoliation is another important step in keeping your face looking healthy and youthful. (5) Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells and there are a couple ways to accomplishing this. One option is to use a chemical exfoliator that contains specific types of acid that dissolve dead skin cells.
Many people prefer using a manual approach by choosing to use an abrasive scrub instead. Both exfoliating methods work well in removing the outer barrier of dead skin in order to reveal the fresh skin cells underneath.
A lot of exfoliating products used to contain an ingredient known as microbeads. These tiny little pieces of plastic were added to several different products, such as exfoliators and even toothpaste. Microbeads were recently banned due to the harmful effects they were found to have on the environment. (6) The tiny plastic beads did prove useful for exfoliation though, as they were added to many kinds of abrasive scrubs to help scrub away dead skin cells.
Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives available for use to create your own exfoliator at home. It’s important to keep in mind that not all exfoliating beads are created equally. Some of them can actually cause more harm than good for your skin. Certain ingredients have been known to cause micro-tears and other types of skin damage.
Detox Water Skincare Routine: Exfoliate
In order to help you avoid unpleasant issues with your skin, we’ve got an excellent option for a do-it-yourself exfoliating scrub that will work wonders for your face. Simply mix half a cup of coconut oil together with a tablespoon of lemon juice and two tablespoons of chia seeds. This mixture can actually make a wonderful morning detox water as well. You may be surprised how effectively this homemade exfoliating scrub works.
5. Healing and Lightening
One of the most cumbersome side effects for those who have suffered from severe acne are the scars left behind. If acne breakouts take place near the surface of the skin, it’s not as problematic. It generally heals well. However, if the breakout manages to destroy any healthy skin tissue, or if you pick at your affected areas, scars may develop. (7) These unsightly facial blemishes can be quite a source of embarrassment for many.
Detox Water Skincare Routine: Healing and Lightening
Fortunately, there is a completely natural way to treat acne scars by utilizing a specific type of detox water. You’ll once again be making use of apple cider vinegar by combining it with water and honey, which is also renowned for its antibacterial properties. Here are other apple cider vinegar recipes for you to try out. (8) Using two tablespoons of ACV, a teaspoon of honey, and a 2/3 cup of water is enough to provide incredible healing effects. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution to any scarring on your face and let it sit for up to 45 minutes, then gently dry.
Detox Waters – More Than Just Weight Loss
As you can see, detox water can be used for far more than just weight loss. Whether you are drinking detox water for its internal cleansing capabilities or applying it directly to your face in the form of toners, moisturizers, and exfoliants to help treat facial blemishes and scars, you can experience the amazing health benefits of detox water. It can give your skin tone a healthy radiant glow while keeping your face looking younger, healthier and cleaner.
Why spend large amounts of money on chemically laced products, many of which can actually cause irritation in the skin and face when you have access to all natural alternatives?
As mentioned in the beginning of this article, when thinking of detox waters, most people are completely unaware of all the benefits it can have for your skin. While it’s true that detox water has many great benefits to improve your health and leave you feeling like a million bucks, when it comes to the question of whether or not it can be used to improve your skin, the answer is a resounding yes.
Try any of the homemade remedies listed above for yourself and you will see a rather noticeable improvement in having clear, healthy looking skin.
P.S. Have you signed up for my free 24 Hour Detox Challenge yet? If not, you can download the free meal plan and sign up here (includes my favorite raspberry and peach morning detox water, avocado and blueberry salad in a jar, ginger lemon tea and 4 other detox recipes for weight loss).