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Helping Guide Your Client’s Detox
By: Kathy Xydis
Posted: October 2, 2013, from the October 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Alcohol dehydrates and, in order to have radiant skin, clients must stay hydrated. If dehydrated, the skin will be depleted of the important nutrients that the body and skin need to feel and look its best. Alcohol can also worsen existing skin conditions by dilating facial blood vessels. A drink here and there is fine, but stay clear of alcohol completely while detoxing. Always hydrate during and after drinking alcohol to help avoid the negative effects it has on the body and skin.
Smoking cigarettes not only causes illness in the body, it also takes a dramatic toll on the skin. Smoking deprives skin of nutrients and oxygen. It also causes droopy, loose skin and uneven coloring, and destroys collagen and elastin, which give skin elasticity and strength. Advise clients to cut back as much as possible during detox, and work toward quitting completely before they cause more permanent damage.
Exercise on a daily basis. Along with its other numerous benefits, exercising can help remove toxins from the body. It moves along circulatory and lymphatic systems, accelerating the detoxification process and moving nutrients to all areas of the body. Exercise also helps expel waste more quickly, and aids in eliminating stress, increasing circulation, improving strength and endurance, decreasing the risk of disease, lowering cholesterol and preventing bone loss.
Take time to detox your mind. Stress can have many different effects on the body, such as headaches, digestive issues, lack of energy and sleep, and elevated blood pressure. It is not enough to just cleanse the body. Stress always finds a way to affect the body, including the skin. When clients are stressed, their bodies release cortisol, which breaks down the collagen in the skin. Suggest that they practice deep breathing techniques, sleep more, take yoga classes, meditate or do anything else that may help them wind down. When the mind is rejuvenated, the body is, as well.
Drink lots of water to hydrate the body and skin. Water helps remove toxins; cleans out the kidneys; aids in regular bowel movements, muscle performance and weight loss; hydrates the skin; helps with energy levels and fatigue; prevents cramping; and prevents and relieves headaches. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when exercising. If clients feel thirsty, chances are that they are already dehydrated. A good indicator that enough water is being consumed is if urine is mostly clear. Drinking enough water is very important in detoxing the body and flushing out toxins. Another great trick is to drink warm water and lemon first thing in the morning, which helps jumpstart your digestive process, and aids in cleansing the liver, balancing pH levels and boosting the immune system. The lemon water is alkalizing and helps to rid toxins from the blood to help keep skin blemish-free.