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Detox Your Skin For A Brighter Complexion

Detoxing Slows Aging Process

You can improve the health of your skin with a simple weekend detox and a better diet. There are some quick and easy methods like massages and facials that flush out waste and toxins. Follow our step-by-step routine and wake up Monday morning with a fresh, radiant complexion.

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Clear the clutter. Simply straightening up the junk on your coffee table or doing a load of laundry will prepare you for the inner cleansing to come.

Stock the fridge. During your weekend detox, you want to fill your body with healthy foods such as fresh fruits (cranberries, apples, and grapes) and vegetables (broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes)—their antioxidants help repair, and prevent, damage to your skin—and lean protein (chicken, turkey, and tofu).

Also try dulse (dried seaweed). It can treat dark circles under the eyes. Dark and puffy circles can be the result of your body retaining too much water, or a sign that your kidneys are not functioning optimally. Your kidneys help balance fluids throughout your body, but when you consume too much salt this can cause water retention. Dulse is loaded with vitamin B and helps to balance electrolytes to keep your fluids and body in check.

Cabbage can help get rid of crow’s feet, which are a sign that you may have high cortisol levels. High cortisol can cause the skin to break down faster and wrinkles to appear. The adrenal gland is responsible for making cortisol. By incorporating anti-inflammatory and vitamin A-, C- and E-rich food like cabbage into your diet, you can help to lower cortisol levels, diminish crow’s feet, and prevent lines from forming in the first place. Try to choose purple cabbage because it has 6 to 8 times more vitamin C than green. Watercress is a beauty food that can tackle patchy and uneven skin tone, which is often a sign of poor circulation or not enough blood, oxygen and nutrients getting to the skin. Poor circulation is a big concern and can cause a number of health issues from hair loss to darkening of the skin.

Watercress has the ability to cleanse and oxygenate tissues for better blood flow and glowing skin. It has a high amount of iron, which helps your red blood cells carry more oxygen to the body and the skin. Additionally, it is rich in calcium and iodine, which can help prevent a dull complexion.

Beets can help brighten dull eyes and flush your lymphatic system. Flushing out your lymphatic system can help bring youthfulness back by clearing cloudiness and whitening the whites of your eyes. Beets are high in iron and contain the antioxidant betacyanin, which supports liver and lymphatic health. Beets are a beauty food because they are a natural colon cleanser that can remove toxins and congestion from the body, including in the capillaries traveling to the eye. They can also increase oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent.

Cilantro is a beauty food that helps to remove heavy metals from your system that enlarge fat cells. These toxins can increase the appearance of cellulite on your body.

Oat groats, not to be confused with oatmeal, are whole grains that are the most natural and unprocessed form of oats. They are high in fiber, which is key in a long-term anti-cellulite program.

Citrus fruit provides a boost of vitamin C, which can help to repair skin collagen and prevent cellulite from being so visible. The best time to eat citrus fruit in order to get the best results is in the morning on an empty stomach.

Walnut meat makes your skin more supple and beautiful, while lubricating your joints and strengthening your cell membranes against oxidative damage. Walnuts themselves are filled with healthy omega-3s, which can help to strengthen your skin and make it more resilient. Walnut meat can also tackle issues like age spots, sagging skin and thinning hair that can significantly add years to your appearance.

Sunflower seed butter is another beauty fat that helps to eliminate the free radicals that cause cellular damage, which can lead to age spots. Sunflower seeds are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which can help to eliminate preexisting age spots and also prevent them from forming. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and all refined and processed foods, including sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy and gluten.

Purge your products. To give your skin time to rebalance, put away everything except your cleanser, day lotion, and night cream.


Drink warm tea. Look for blends that include nettle, ginger, or burdock, dandelion, or sarsaparilla root—herbs and flowers known to calm inflammation and improve liver and kidney function. These teas help eliminate puffiness around the eyes and decongest your skin. says Tierney P. Salter, a medical herbalist.


Give yourself a massage. Purge toxins by manually moving lymph through the lymphatic system. Concentrate on massaging the neck, armpits, stomach, groin, and behind the knees (where there are many lymph nodes).


Fake a facial at home. Pour hot water into a small bowl and add a few drops of a citrus essential oil. Soak a hand towel in the water, then wring out and drape over your face. Lie down for ten minutes and let the steam open your pores, prepping your skin for the detoxifying mask that follows. Look for masks made with clay, which absorbs excess oil and pulls toxins and impurities out, while adding in necessary minerals.


Scrub your body. Stimulate your senses with sloughing in the shower. Exfoliate with a product that contains coffee to remove dead, dulling skin cells, boost circulation, and pump toxins from the body.

Sweat it out. Light exercise—a brisk walk, jumping rope, yoga—helps eliminate toxins from your body. “The deep breathing of yoga stimulates the lymphatic system. It also brings cleansing oxygen into the body with each inhale, and expels waste on each exhale.

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Apply a mask. At the end of your detox, spread a few tablespoons of raw honey over your face. Next, apply cucumber slices on top of the honey then lie down. Cover your face with a warm, damp washcloth to allow the honey, to seal in moisture. Honey’s anti–inflammatory properties also help reduce irritation and redness. Cucumbers, which act as diuretics, will further flush out excess fluid and relieve remaining puffiness.

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Toxic Skin Care Ingredients

Ingredients Dangerous To Skin, Health

Labels on cosmetics and skin care products are a tough code to crack. The industry is so shockingly unregulated that it’s usually impossible to trust the claims that manufacturers place on their products. A word such as natural can be used by anyone for anything. Even organic is misleading. Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s “made with organic” if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.

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The whole industry has a “innocent-till-proven-guilty” approach to skin care products and their ingredients. Unless a chemical used in beauty products is proven to cause harm to human health, it is classified as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe.” This classification is upheld by the U.S. FDA and hardly has the best interests of consumers at heart.

The best thing we consumers can do is read ingredient lists carefully in order to avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful, even though they continue to be widely used. Here is a list of the top 20 toxins to avoid, according to Gillian Deacon’s 2011 book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them.

Coal Tar: A known carcinogen banned in the EU, but still used in North America. Used in dry skin treatments, anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos, also listed as a colour plus number, i.e. FD&C Red No. 6.

DEA/TEA/MEA: Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps.

Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane: Never listed because it’s a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make other chemicals less harsh. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found 1,4-dioxane in 57 percent of baby washes in the U.S. Avoid any ingredients containing the letters “eth.”

Formaldehyde: Probable carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, shampoos. Banned in the EU.

Fragrance/Parfum: A catchall for hidden chemicals, such as phthalates. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.

Hydroquinone: Used for lightening skin. Banned in the UK, rated most toxic on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, and linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

Lead: Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient.

Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara and some eyedrops.

Mineral oil: By-product of petroleum that’s used in baby oil, moisturizers, styling gels. It creates a film that impairs the skin’s ability to release toxins.

Oxybenzone: Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.

Parabens: Used as preservatives, found in many products. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity.

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD): Used in hair products and dyes, but toxic to skin and immune system.

Phthalates: Plasticizers banned in the EU and California in children’s toys, but present in many fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions. Linked to endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer.

Placental extract: Used in some skin and hair products, but linked to endocrine disruption.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG): Penetration enhancer used in many products, it’s often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.

Silicone-derived emollients: Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumour growth and skin irritation.

Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body and irritates skin.

Talc: Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Toluene: Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance.

Triclosan: Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. Avoid the brand Microban.

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Toxic Skin Care Products

Health, Beauty More Than Skin Deep

Some companies put ingredients in skin care products that can cause cancer or that are associated with developmental problems. Many cosmetics ingredients penetrate the skin. People ingest ingredients used on lips and hands, while we inhale sprays and powders. When risky and unstudied chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high for you and your family.

When you know what’s in the skin care and beauty products that you use, you can protect yourself, while reforming the marketplace. You’ll find product and ingredient safety ratings, health information about cosmetics ingredients and smart shopping tips that you can trust.

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Protect Your Children From Harmful Skin Care Products

Pound for pound, kids are exposed to more contaminants in air, water, food, and personal care products than adults. Immature organ systems are often less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Subtle damage to developing bodies may lead to disease later in life.


Parents can make healthy choices by using fewer personal care products for their children, ignoring ad hype and following these guidelines.

Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye make-up, body wash and lotions. Knowing which ones are healthy and which ones aren’t is very important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.

To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.

Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, and always checking the ingredients for toxins.

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Charcoal Facials For Skin Care Treatment

Editor’s Note: The experts at Skin Care Plus haven’t added charcoal facials to the services, yet, but it’s catching on like wildfire. What have you heard?

Extracts Toxins From The Skin

Activated charcoal is the latest ingredient to take the beauty industry by storm — giving other hipster favorites like clay and coconut oil a run for their money. And now the black residue is being used in everything from teeth-whitening solutions to a lemonade cleanse, and even as the key ingredient in an expensive new facial.

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“Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help purify and deep-clean skin,” says Wendy Brooks, director of global product development at Origins, a beauty company. She says the company’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is one of its best sellers. At Ling Skincare and Spa near Union Square in New York, the Charcoal Facial ($260), incorporates crushed black charcoal as a soft powder mask after extractions with claims that it helps draw out toxins. The 90-minute treatment features a 15-minute charcoal mask, a thick, pudding-like mixture that is applied to the face with a brush. And while dermatologists aren’t buying the hype, our face did feel pretty good post treatment.

Activated charcoal, created when oxygen is added to regular charcoal, is mostly used in the medical community to treat poison, GI tract infections and nausea. Regular charcoal, like the bricks you barbecue with, is used in everything from water filters to vacuum cleaners.

“How well does (charcoal) work on the skin? Truthfully, there isn’t solid clinical data one way or the other,” says dermatologist Dr. Craig Kraffert, who chalks up the popularity of the stuff to its weird factor. “Using a pitch-black product to purify the skin sounds both intriguing and cool … the uniqueness of the ingredient itself, especially its color, is likely the main driver behind the recent surge in popularity of activated charcoal facial cleansers and masks.”

Science aside, beauty bloggers are bonkers for the black goo, citing it as the new way to relieve and cleanse the body.

“I’ve been on this natural-living path,” says Shiva Rose, who blogs at the “holistic, healthy and authentic lifestyle” site The Local Rose, and keeps activated charcoal capsules with her whenever she travels. “I read that it can absorb different things for gastrointestinal issues, so I just started taking it with me.”

Rose says she thinks that, aside from healing her daughter’s spider and mosquito bites when mixed with a little baking soda, activated charcoal was excellent for skin treatments and even whitening her teeth.

“It makes your face dark,” says Rose, “but it draws out impurities from your pores.”


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Many Cosmetic Products Contain Gluten

Avoid Allergens In Skin Care Products

If you have celiac disease, your skin and entire body may respond strongly and negatively to gluten. Certain products, including non-food items, can contain hidden gluten. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed “gluten-free” labeling standards for food products, these standards do not apply to every item that could contain gluten, including cosmetics.

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Research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology demonstrated how difficult it is for consumers to find out whether their beauty products contain forms of gluten. Even though you’re not actually eating cosmetics, even a small amount of gluten in a lip balm could cause a problem — think of how often you bite or lick your lip.

Researchers have raised the question of whether gluten-containing lotions and moisturizers might trigger a response in the skin of a person with celiac disease. The investigation was prompted by case studies of two women who had contact irritation on their skin that went away when they stopped eating gluten in their diet and stopped using beauty products containing gluten.

In beauty products, hydrolyzed gluten is used to make both emulsifiers and stabilizers. This is an area of research that requires further exploration, but people with celiac disease who want to live a gluten-free lifestyle should be aware of the ingredients in their cosmetics. The skin absorbs these ingredients quickly, so the risk is very real. When in doubt, contact the maker of your favorite brands and ask about their position on gluten-free products. Many companies have statements listed on their websites because gluten is a growing skin care issue among consumers.

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Detox For Healthier Skin

Toxic Overload Impacts Overall Health

When you think “detox,” you probably think liver—the body’s primary cleansing organ. But to discern whether a cleanse is in order, check your complexion. “Your skin is your body’s largest organ of elimination and detoxification,” says Linda Page, PhD, author of Healthy Healing (Healthy Healing, 2011). As toxins build up in your kidneys, liver, and bloodstream, you may experience external inflammation on your skin.

The skin is a backup for the other elimination organs, Page explains. If toxins overload your colon or your liver can’t efficiently filter impurities coming from the digestive tract, your skin tries to compensate by releasing toxins through the surface.

“It sweats them out, or throws them off through skin rashes or even abscesses,” says Page. In addition to skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, toxic-overload signs include skin discoloration like dark under-eye circles and brown mottled spots, forehead wrinkles, and lackluster complexion. “Over time, our bodies collect toxins in much the same way a bicycle wheel collects rust. All of that toxicity contributes to weight gain, wrinkles, breakouts, and dull skin, hair, and nails,” says Kimberly Snyder, CN, author of The Beauty Detox Solution (Harlequin, 2011). Just as toxins escape your body via skin, they can also enter your body topically.

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“Giving up the majority of the toxin-filled, clogging skin care products and makeup that most people use every day is one way to detox your skin,” says Snyder. Eliminate body care products with synthetics like parabens, phthalates, and petroleum byproducts. Then check with an aesthetician to determine if you’re simply using too many products, which can clog pores or irritate your skin. When choosing detoxifying products for skin, look for plant-based ingredients that work synergistically when applied topically and ingested. Pair facial washes, lotions, or masks with supplements or beverages containing chlorella, neem, seaweed, aloe vera, or green or white tea. These nutrient-rich ingredients increase circulation to eliminate toxins from the skin and other organs. A natural herbal sea salt scrub and a volcanic ash or red clay mask will also draw out impurities and bacteria from the skin’s surface.

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Good nutrition is critical to a healthy complexion, says Snyder, especially when you need to detox. And the right cleansing foods not only reduce toxins but also support collagen, the protein that keeps skin looking youthful. “As you loosen the toxic sludge from your body, your energy will automatically increase because your body is able to perform digestive and other functions efficiently,” Snyder says. Your body can then use that energy to repair the collagen in your skin and grow healthier hair and stronger nails. Start by ditching sugars, refined carbohydrates, red meat, and overly processed foods—all of which can attack collagen and lead to acne-causing inflammation.

Then drink detoxifying green tea and purified water throughout the day (at least eight glasses), along with a greens smoothie daily. Digesting important nutrients in this blended form requires less energy, which means the body can devote more energy to restoring skin cells. And favor beverages between meals rather than during them because liquids dilute digestive enzymes to make digestion slower and more difficult, says Snyder. During meals, eat detoxifying veggies, like dark leafy greens, daikon radish, and broccoli, which are best raw or lightly steamed to preserve water content. In addition to helping flush waste from the body, vegetables such as these can increase skin’s “intracellular water,” which supports skin-cell health and collagen production, according to Howard Murad, MD, author of The Water Secret (Wiley, 2010).

Snyder also recommends regularly noshing on raw foods for their skin- and digestive-supportive enzymes. “Enzymes perform thousands of functions in the body, including repairing and preventing wrinkles, evening out your skin tone, and contributing to smooth, youthful skin,” says Snyder. Also, loading up on probiotics from foods and supplements promotes good digestion, eliminates bad gastrointestinal bacteria, and increases energy to improve overall skin health. Other key supplements for skin detox include antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; curcumin; omega-3 fatty acids; coconut oil; fiber; and evening primrose oil.

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Seaweed A Healthy New Twist On Skin Care

Editor’s Note: This new product line is high on our list for trial and sampling. We will follow up with our testimonial in a few weeks. If you have tried the Voya line, or if you have discovered new products that you would like to share with our readers, please contact us. 

Natural Ingredient Contains Many Beneficial Oils

VOYA Organic Beauty from the Sea, based in Ireland, has just signed on to be represented in the U.S. by SpaCare Group, a division of SpaEquip Inc. VOYA is a family-owned company based on the west coast of Ireland, an area famous since 1912 for offering healing baths using freshly hand-harvested organic seaweed. The brand consists of complete lines for face, body, hair and lifestyle, and has secured a spot in some of Ireland’s most exclusive spas and international resorts.

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“We are thrilled to have been chosen to represent the VOYA line in the U.S.,” Melanie Edwards, general manger of SpaCare Group, said. “The caliber of this line is a perfect fit with our portfolio, and we look forward to introducing VOYA’s amazing lines to distinguished properties on this side of the Atlantic.”

Since 1912, County Sligo has been popular for its therapeutic seaweed bath houses. The Walton family established the VOYA Seaweed Baths in 2000 to reinstate this tradition in the small village of Strandhill, after the last of the original bath houses was destroyed by hurricane Debbie in 1961. As the popularity of the Walton’s Seaweed Baths grew and spread, more and more patrons wondered if there was some way they could replicate the experience in their own homes. As a result, in 2007, VOYA Organic Beauty from the Sea was established.

The Waltons worked with marine biologists, organic cosmetic scientists and dermatologists to develop a pure line of products that delivers the deeply hydrating, softening, detoxifying and collagen-stimulating properties of Atlantic seaweed. This particular type of seaweed found on the Irish coast naturally absorbs or metabolizes nourishment from the sea. As a result, seaweed contains countless minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients in high concentrations. In fact, no plant known has a comparable quantity of minerals and vitamins.

When seaweed is steamed, it produces amazingly luxurious oils. These oils (complex polysaccharides, proteins, minerals and vitamins) are naturally suspended in the water and as heat has opened the body’s pores in a warm bath, these oils are readily absorbed. The experience is highly sensual and thoroughly relaxing. Seaweed baths have been a great attraction for years, often used as a way of relaxing, relieving pain, and in more modern times, as a great way to unwind and de-stress. This is largely due to the detoxifying effects of the seaweed and recuperative effects of its high mineral content.

Seaweed acts as an amazing conditioning agent for the skin and hair. It is used as a treatment for cellulite and has anti-aging capabilities. Seaweed also detoxifies the body. Quite simply, it is a large poultice, quickly removing toxins while transferring nutrients to the body.

“VOYA is proud to be partnered with Spa Care Group,” Mark Walton said of the partnership. “As an established company, Spa Care Group has excellent standards and is a perfect fit for our brand. We’re pleased to be working closely with them in the future.”

The entire VOYA line will be available July 15 through SpaCare Group,

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