**This post is the second in a series where I focus on “detoxing” our hair, skin (face and body), wardrobe, and home as a final step in closing out summertime. In each post, I shared some of my favorite tools, products or advice on whichever subject is the focus that day. Check out all the posts in my series and share any helpful tips or suggestions in the comments for others to benefit from as well!**
I love trying new skincare products, but sometimes my skin doesn’t like when I change things up too much.
By the end of July my skin was angry. I was breaking out more than ever and experiencing serious dryness around my nose. I stopped using everything I had been using up until that point, and tried an Arbonne skin care routine since their makeup and primer agrees with my skin so well. That helped, and then I slowly introduced my existing favorite products into the mix again.
Inadvertently, I had a facial scheduled for mid-August which was perfectly timed. My skin had just calmed back down, but I was looking forward to discussing my problems with an esthetician. Having gone to beauty school, I felt like I should really figure out how to care for my skin by myself, but I had been struggling.
Not only did she give me some advice and gave me a few sample products as well, but she also gave me a facial that cleaned the “summer” out of my face. Just like I mentioned yesterday, there was no shortage of chlorine and sunblock and sweat sitting on my skin this summer, and I cannot tell you how great it felt to get it all off!
I would highly recommend scheduling a facial ASAP as this is a perfect time to do it. If you can’t do that, let’s talk about some exfoliators and detoxifying face masks that you can do at home to reset your skin for the next season.
For exfoliation, I love a good scrub. I know many people prefer a more gentle chemical exfoliation, but the grit in a scrub works pretty well for my skin. It’s been years since I’ve used an exfoliator that I felt like I could really recommend, but I’m happy to say I recently found one! The Ole Henriksen Facial Sauna Scrub is fantastic. It warms up a bit in your hand when you rub it between your fingers, and then feels warm on the face when you exfoliate. It has a fair amount of grit in it, so you’ll really feel this scrub working. I exfoliate a few times a week and my skin always feels great afterwards.
Another scrub that is slightly more gentle is fresh Sugar Face Polish. It has some grit but is a bit softer than the Facial Sauna Scrub. Growing up I used St. Ives Apricot Scrub. This had SERIOUSLY intense grit. I’ve heard mixed reviews on whether it’s too harsh for your skin, so I would do your own research about it, but I do know that St. Ives recently launched a few different scrubs that may be more gentle than the Apricot scrub. I’d be curious to try the St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub.
Finally, Dermaologica makes an exfoliating powder that you mix with water. With this product, you can choose how loose or thick the product is depending on your skin’s needs.
When you are exfoliating, work in small circles around your face. Avoid your eye area and don’t use water that is too hot!
As far as body exfoliation goes, I’ve been loving the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush body scrub. It smells like lime and summertime, so it’s a fun way to hang onto summer smells a bit. In the past, I’ve used Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Body Scrub but it seems to be out of stock everywhere I look online. A body scrub can also very easily be made at home with a few pantry ingredients most people keep on hand. Find the recipe at the bottom of this post!
Let’s chat a bit about detoxing face masks.
I love a face mask. It calms me down and makes me feel like I’m at a spa, even when I’m running around putting the kids to bed with it on. (In that case I usually only apply my clear face masks instead of my black ones so I don’t scare the kids!)
If your skin isn’t too dry, the Origins Charcoal mask will cleanse your skin of all the gunk that may be stuck in it. Your face may feel a bit tight after use, but it will also feel clean and fresh. I always expected to feel tightness after a clay mask, but the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin clay mask proved me wrong. I felt like it cleaned out my skin without sucking out moisture. I was so pleased! So it you have dry skin like me, this may be the clay mask for you!
L’Oreal makes a few different kinds of clay masks that have gotten great reviews. The exfoliate & refine clay mask would be perfect for an end of summer detox!
When applying a face mask, remember that you don’t need to apply the same product to your entire face. If your skin needs detoxing on your chin and forehead, apply a detoxing mask there. If it needs hydration on your cheeks or around your mouth, apply a moisturizing mask there! I’m a proponent of multi-masking as it allows you to control how you care for different parts of your face! (More on multi-masking here!)
If you don’t have an exfoliator on hand, ground up some old fashioned oats and mix a 1/8-1/4 teaspoon into your favorite cleanser. Less is more! This will provide a bit of “grit” to help you slough off any dead skin.
Make your own body exfoliator by mixing sugar (brown or white granulated), olive oil or coconut oil, and your favorite scent of essential oil. Rub all over your body to reveal smoother, softer skin!