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“Detox” is a word you hear a lot lately, with juice cleanses and all manner of services and classes aimed at ridding your body of toxins and what not. Detoxifying is great for your body, specifically your beauty routine. Because your hair, skin and nails take a beating with all those products and processes. In short, lady: you might just need a detox of your own.
Since summer is the easiest time to do a full-on detox (a slower schedule and some vacation time gives you the perfect opportunity,) we called on some of our favorite experts to help you expel those bad-for-you items and leave you with a gorgeous glow. Prepare to hit “reset” on your beauty regimen!
The Expert: Joanna Vargas, Celebrity Facialist and Founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection
“I always recommend that clients keep their skin clear and detoxed by what they eat and drink. A green juice a day definitely keeps the skin clean and glowing.
Eating healthy is obviously good for many things, but if you want glowing skin, it’s more important to have a good diet than you might think. I find that the best skin diet is one that involves eating veggies of different colors for every meal and sipping a green juice every day. There is really no substitute and it works for everyone!
If I have a client who doesn’t eat salad or drink green juices, I direct them to Whole Foods to buy liquid chlorophyll. It tastes like mint, and it oxygenates and cleans the skin. You’ll see a huge difference in your skin in a matter of days.
You can also try making a detox facial mask at home by mixing one mashed ruby red grapefruit with cooled, cooked oatmeal and a cup of milk. This treatment is loaded with anti-oxidants, and the grapefruit helps purge toxins to stimulate skin renewal while the oatmeal, which is packed with vital minerals, helps replenish skin and calm inflammation The milk is dual purpose: the lactic acid exfoliates AND it soothes.”
The Expert: Corey Powell, Colorist at Sally Hershberger Los Angeles
“Hair toxicity starts with the elements like smog and air pollution, but water makes a big difference. Your shower has plenty of chlorine in it, and that’s not great for your hair. Styling products and certain shampoos can leave behind toxins in the hair and scalp. Also, if you have a poor diet (lots of fried foods, not enough vegetables or water) or if you’re on medications (like thyroid meds,) it can add to toxicity in the body, which most definitely affects the hair.
You can tell your hair is toxic because it lacks elasticity: it’s brittle, lacks flexibility, and just doesn’t bend as easily (or at all.) Other signs are lack of shine/dullness, lots of flyways and just general lack of softness and manageability.
In order to detox your hair, you’ll want to remove the residues and toxins that are causing distress. There are certain shampoos that are great for that, like Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo. Also, if you want to go the natural route, create a detoxifying hair treatment at home by mixing equal parts lemon and aloe vera and smooth it on your hair before you shampoo. It helps to alkalize your hair, to reset it.
Also, oil treatments once a week are absolutely vital; they help force toxins out of your hair and replace it with nourishment. Just remember, you need to actually open the cuticle so the hair can receive the nutrients your placing on the strands, so work it in with a boar-bristle brush. Then just use the aloe vera and lemon mixture to remove the oil treatment and you’ve got a full hair detox that really works wonders.”