The word ‘detox’ gets thrown around a lot in the health and wellness community as an approach to dieting and cleansing. My idea of a detox beauty routine is not to remove toxins from your body, but to prevent them from getting into you in the first place. This means adopting a beauty routine free from toxic chemicals, which is commonly where women are most susceptible to intake cancerous toxins.
The following is a list of 9 tips to detox your beauty routine using only 1 natural ingredient for each of your self-care cleansing steps. Since cosmetic companies do not have to list all the ingredients in their products, this approach is the only way you can truly know what is going into your body. It will also save you a ton of money otherwise uselessly spent on harmful products.
Ever heard of the ‘Pink Tax‘? Women pay 43% more than men for their toiletries – which is basically exploiting our social conditioning that teaches us that our external beauty has no cost and invites us to spend ridiculous amounts on these products. The tips below require almost exclusively ingredients that you should already have in your pantry, potentially saving you a lot of time and integrity.
The 9 tips below require almost exclusively ingredients that you should already have in your pantry, potentially saving you a lot of time and integrity. The most important thing you can do to have healthy hair and skin is to eat an organic plant-based diet. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin – your skin is your body’s largest organ and will absorb everything you put on it!
1. Makeup Remover & Face Wash = Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Applying slightly melted or liquid coconut oil to an organic cotton pad or reusable cloth, you’ll find that coconut oil works magic to remove everything from foundations to eye makeup. Rule of thumb, if it doesn’t come off with coconut oil, it probably should NOT be on your face.
After using a coconut oil cotton pad or cloth to wipe off your makeup, you can use the very some coconut oil to wash any dirt and bacteria left kicking around. Or if you don’t wear makeup at all, you can jump straight to this step! Simply apply the coconut oil to your slightly damp face and rub as you would with any facial cleanser.
Coconut oil is an antibacterial and antifungal so as long as you are using a certified organic and extra-virgin brand, you will find all the benefits of an expensive, million ingredient face wash.
2. Exfoliant = Organic Sugar
Initially, the idea of using sugar to cleanse impurities seemed counterproductive to me because it is often the consumption of sugar that causes these very impurities. But after learning of the impact of plastic microbeads, I did not hesitate to turn to my pantry for an alternative. At first, I mixed equal portions of lemon juice and cane sugar, which worked wonders, but I eventually got lazy and dropped the lemon juice and found it worked just as well! Done 2-3 times a week after cleansing as you would with any exfoliant will both rejuvenate and help smoothen your skin.
3. Toner = Apple Cider Vinegar
Every good facial cleansing routine should incorporate a toner of sorts. Unfortunately, a lot of store-bought toners contain alcohol and dry out your skin, causing it to produce too much oil, called sebum. Apple Cider Vinegar works beautifully as a toner and can also be used in its pure form to target blemishes. The smell can be quite potent and it can be harsh for extra-sensitive skin so you’ll want to dilute it slightly with filtered water or black tea and optionally add an essential oil of your choice.
4. Exfoliant Mask = Red Clay
Pure clay masks are the most effective at cleansing your pores while nourishing them with essential minerals, making it feel soft and firm. Mix equal portions clay and water, and wait 20 minutes until the clay dries up, creating a tightening feeling on your face. For best results, you should make your mask twice a week between face wash and toning.
5. Moisturizer = Argan oil
Finding a ‘clean’ moisturizer that has little or no unknown chemicals is very difficult. Even the most basic creams have some sort of setting agent that is not healthy for your body. Despite having very sensitive & dry skin, I made the bold decision to stop buying expensive creams and to only use high-quality argan oil. Argan oil is the most gentle for the skin and works wonders to rebalance the skin’s oil production. When used at night after cleansing and toning, you will notice slight redness for 30 seconds and then smooth skin until your next face wash.
5. Wrinkle & scar healing = Rosehip seed oil
Rosehip oil, also known as the anti-aging oil, can be used both for wrinkles on the face and for scars anywhere on the body. Apply pure, cold-pressed, organic rosehip oil directly onto treated area twice daily. Rosehip oil will show better results than Vitamin E due to its high content of essential fatty acids and Vitamin A.
The following two tips are part of a different approach to hair care, called the ‘No Poo’ method. They require you to spend an initial week or two with uncleaned hair to purge your follicles from chemicals found in your old shampoo. After this, you will find that you can significantly reduce the frequency at which you’ll need to actually wash your hair, following these next two steps to shampooing and conditioning.
7. Shampoo = Baking soda
In the palm of your hand, mix about 1 tbsp of baking soda with a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply to wet hair and spread evenly on your roots as you would with shampoo. Rinse and follow up with Apple Cider Vinegar conditioning.
8. Conditioner = Apple Cider Vinegar
In a small jar or recycled shampoo bottle, mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. If the smell bothers you, add essential oil of your choice, such as lavender or lemongrass. On washed and rinsed hair, gently pour apple cider vinegar dilution throughout hair and massage it in as best you can and rinse.
9. Toothpaste & whitener = Coconut oil
As explained above, coconut oil is an excellent antibacterial and antifungal. It can be used for mouth care two different ways: either as toothpaste or for ‘oil pulling’. The first is self-explanatory, but the second, oil pulling, requires a little more explanation. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic dental technique called ‘gundusha’ that requires you to swish oil in your mouth periodically to reset your dental hygiene.
In the morning, before eating or brushing your teeth, you will need to take a tablespoon of organic extra-virgin coconut oil directly in your mouth. DO NOT SWALLOW. Let it just sit and swirl there for 15 minutes then spit it out and rinse your mouth with warm water. This has the following benefits:
- Whitens teeth
- Prevents gingivitis and cavities
- Kills bacteria that causes bad breath
- Reduces inflammation & bleeding gums
- Improves metabolism and detoxification
- Reduces acne
- Reduces tooth sensitivity & pain
- Clears sinuses
If you already use safe, natural products in your beauty routine but are still struggling with your skin and hair health, the best thing you can do is change what you are putting into your body. Eating plant-based foods is one step, but eliminating refined sugars and oils will make a world of difference as well.