Detox is the buzz word in just about every industry but what does it actually mean and does our skin need it?
Our modern lifestyle has given us unlimited access to just about anything our hearts and minds desire, but this luxury also has a downside – exposing us to toxins and stressors that may not have been present a decade ago.
Health professionals acknowledge that these environmental and lifestyle changes have an impact on our digestive system, health, mental clarity and overall wellbeing (hence the staggering range of raw-food diets, juice fasts and detox cleansing programs on the market) but they can also take a heavy toll on our skin. Redness, congestion and inflammation under the skins surface were once problems experienced almost exclusively by teenagers, but increasingly 30-something men and women are experience the same issues.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and protects everything that lies beneath it. It has a variety of different functions- it guards our internal organs, regulates our temperature and it acts as the body’s first line of defense against toxic substances and pathogens like bacteria and viruses. While going about its important work, our skin can suffer damage through intoxification, which is exacerbated by a range of internal factors.
Internal factors include:
Most of us are working harder and longer than ever, and it’s very easy to get caught up in the rat race. The stress this can cause doesn’t just wreak havoc on your state of mind; it can also have an adverse effect on the health of your skin by realising hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) that compromise the skins protective barrier.
There aren’t many of us who haven’t succumbed to the lure of fast food for a quick fix, but a growing reliance on convenience food is causing unprecedented and widely publicised public health challenges. Your skin is not immune to the effects of poor nutrition. Eat too much sugar, not enough healthy fats, or too many foods deficient in vitamins and minerals, and your skin will almost certainly suffer.
Sweating it out
We all reap the benefits of hitting the gym and doing regular exercise. Not only does this improve your overall health, it benefits the skin by reducing inflammation, helping to regulate hormones and preventing damage caused by free radicals. However, the bacteria found in sweat coupled with the increased testosterone levels caused by working out can contribute to skin intoxification.
Smog, smoke, dirt, dust and other pollutants are some of the main causes of problem skin. They can clog pores, triggering inflamed skin and leaving you with a lackluster complexion.
With cleaner atmospheric conditions than many other countries, Australians are exposed to some of the highest UV levels in the world. These harsh conditions take a toll on the skin and the impact will only intensify as we tackle the challenges associated with our changing climate.
With all this information you’re probably finding yourself wondering what you need to detox your skin. Look to our Detox Aromatique range, a modern defense against problem skin and acts as the skins own detox program. Until now, treating intoxified skin has required products that dry out or over exfoliate the skin. The range combines intensive ingredients including grapefruit seed extract, pure essence and zinc extract all working together to fight harmful bacteria while feeding the skin the vitamins and nutrients that strengthen, heal and prevent further breakouts without dryness and exfoliation.
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