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Do I Need to Detox? Causes and Signs that It’s Time

In a prior post, we introduced the idea of detoxing for better skin health. While most of us already know when we’ve been “overdoing” it in some form, this list can serve as a key to help determine if you need a detox:

  • White or yellow coated tongue and/or bad breath
  • Congested/uneven, enlarged pores, blackheads, or pustules
  • Increased belly fat
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Acne, rosacea, itchy skin, extreme dryness, skin feels rough, bumpy and/or uneven skin
  • Fatigue
  • Waking up tired regardless of how many hours you slept
  • Moodiness
  • Weak immune system
  • Frequent headaches
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Insomnia
  • You’re under constant stress
  • Carbohydrate and sugar cravings
  • Needing caffeine for energy, not being able to start the day without it
  • Constipation
  • Dull, ruddy appearance of skin
  • Keratinized skin build-up (dead skin cells, scaly, rough)
  • You, or someone you spend time with, is a smoker
  • You’re outdoors often
  • You travel often
  • Seasonal changes
  • Using products that contain “cones”
  • Itchy, excessively dry skin
  • Overproduction of oil

Some causes of these issues:

Diet

Your skin reacts to what you eat. It can manifest in your overall complexion, luster and glow, as well as how you feel. Dehydrating foods cannot only be counterproductive for your overall health, but a killer for skin. These foods include, but aren’t limited to: white sugar, white flour, alcohol, caffeine, processed foods, soda, and some dairy. Some of these foods are also inflammatory and can exacerbate skin issues, further necessitating a cleanse/detox. Dehydration and a lack of essential fatty acids can also lead to skin issues.

Chemicals in Cosmetics

Chemical additives in cosmetics don’t just sit on top of your skin. They can (and most do) have trans dermal penetration capabilities, allowing them to enter your bloodstream. This is especially true when products are filled with penetration-enhancers, like propylene glycol, which allow chemicals to more easily enter your bloodstream.

Simultaneously, our bodies are bombarded and burdened with increased chemical exposure from cleaning supplies, clothing finishes, paints, and pollution. This taxes our bodies as well as our skin.
Cosmetic chemicals in the “cone” family have become extremely popular, including dimethicone and silicone. While these do not appear to be a threat to your overall health, they can clog and congest pores, wreaking havoc on our skin.

Lifestyle

Frequent air and automobile travel also exposes us to extra toxins. The recycled air on airplanes is drying and can lead to congested pores. Exposure to exhaust fumes while commuting can clog and pollute pores. Other activities like sports, baking, and even gardening all have small particulates (dirt, flour) which mix with your skin’s natural oils, causing pore obstruction.

Habits such as smoking or vaping also lead to skin and health issues and make detoxing a must.

Stress

Simply put, it’s a killer, not to mention a HUGE skin ager. Most of us can’t avoid it, but we can learn to manage it.

Medications

Medication can do everything from dehydrating and interfering with vitamin absorption to affecting thyroid function and hormones.

Hormones

Hormones influence the development and function of skin.

Pore-clogging oils in products

When pores are clogged, they cannot breathe and function properly. It accelerates the deterioration of collagen, which in turn accelerates aging.

Convinced that your skin and body would benefit from detox? Check out our next blog for sum solutions!