Every now and then, no matter how diligent I am with my skincare routine, no matter how much water I bloody drink or level of health I achieve – my skin just doesn’t want to behave.
It’s times like these when I turn to my quick and easy skin detox formula to force my face to behave. Sort of like bootcamp for your skin.
There’s only three steps and it shouldn’t take more than half an hour.
Step 1 – exfoliate.
I am not really a fan of exfoliants with micro beads. They’re bad for the environment and they also create tiny micro abrasions on the skin, which can lead to even further break outs. And that is so not what we’re about right now. Instead, I opt for a chemical exfoliant like the AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution from The Ordinary. It always, always, always leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and removes any dead skin that may be hanging around uninvited. Wash your face with your normal cleanser and dry thoroughly. Leave the peeling solution on for no more than 10 minutes then remove with warm water.
Step 2 – clear those pores.
Honestly, I hadn’t used these pore clearing strips until I discovered this detox formula and I’m not ashamed to say I rate them. I used to use Formula 10.0.6 as a teenager so this brand has a special place in my post-pubescent heart. Plus these particular ones I used have volcanic ash and witch hazel to help remove stubborn oil from your pores. Also excellent defence against blackheads. Apply the strips across the bridge of the nose and / or forehead and chin, wherever your problem area is and leave on for 15 minutes, or until the strips are stiff and pull off slowly – can’t emphasis the slow part enough, trust me …
Step 3 – tone
This step is really crucial as you’ve just opened up all your pores and now need to gently close them to protect against external aggressors, aka dirt. I love the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant toner because I’m bougie like that. And also because it’s both soothing and hydrating and leaves my skin feeling and looking calm. But any old toner will do the trick.
Et, voila! Follow with your normal skincare routine – although I would recommend putting some lightweight moisture back into your skin – and the detox is complete.
This is kind of my failsafe fallback solution for when my skin seriously won’t behave. If it works for you too let me know in the comments below!
What do you usually do to detox your skin?
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