How to Detox Your Skin and Start the Year Fresh
New year, new you—except, to be honest, you’re feeling kind of… tired. Which isn’t surprising, considering the month of December is full of cheer, but also constant holiday parties, family gatherings, and cold, blustery temps. In other words, not exactly a relaxing time for you—or your skin. If you’re entering 2018 with a dull, tired complexion, it might be time to consider a detox.
Luckily, no juicing is involved—just some key skincare products and a pot of boiling water (we’ll explain). Your skin will emerge from this seven-step program feeling refreshed and renewed—like it just spent a week at a Gwyneth-approved spa retreat (well, maybe not quite on that level but close). Ready to reset your skin and go back to your former glowy, er, glory days? Keep scrolling to find out exactly how to detox your skin after a party-filled month (or year—no judgment).
Step 1: Double-Cleanse
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($70)
The first step to recovery? Starting with a clean slate. All that contouring, defining, and blending you did over the holiday break was great for your makeup technique—not so great for your skin. 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 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.
Step 2: Exfoliate (Gently)
Sephora Face Konjac Sponge ( $12 ) ($8)
To bring back your baby-soft skin, use a gentle exfoliator like a konjac sponge a few days a week while cleansing. This will help your cleanser do its job and help buff away dead skin cells. Avoid any harsh, grainy exfoliators in the first week—they’ll only irritate your already aggravated (and most likely dry) skin.
Step 3: Peel Away
Step 4: Steam Your Face
During your skin detox, it’s full steam ahead—literally. A DIY facial steam treats your pores, while also releasing toxins, dirt, and debris. Plus, the products you apply afterward will penetrate much deeper. Here’s exactly how to do give yourself an all-natural facial steam—be prepared for the post-steam glow.
Step 5: Mask It
Step 6: Let Your Skin Breathe
Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturiser ($28)
Just breathe—the slogan for Nike’s imaginary sister yoga brand but also a mindset you should apply to your skin. After a month of heavy makeup, it’s time to give your skin a break. Forgo your favourite foundation and let your skin breathe for a day (or more, preferably). A light moisturiser, will seal in all your work in the previous steps without clogging your pores. If you must insist on some type of coverage, opt for an oil-free tinted moisturiser.
Step 7: Don't Forget Your Diet