“Detoxifying skin” refers to enhancing your body’s ability to turn over skin cells at a more efficient rate, and to remove toxins and impurities from the pores. If you’ve let your skin slide a bit – slept in makeup or spent a day in the city – chances are your skin could use a detoxing. Facial oils are an excellent place to start to support your body’s natural emission of waste, toxins, and microscopic particles of dirt and dust that can block the pores. Here we’ve rounded up the best detoxifying oils, all of which will help you press the reset button on problem skin.
The prizewinner when it comes to skin detoxification is lemon oil for skin. This oil is a natural detoxifier with antiseptic properties, meaning it can eliminate bacteria that contributes to acne and inflammation. Applying lemon oil topically regulates your skin biome, reducing bad bacteria and eliminating fungal infections. It contains high levels of vitamin C, meaning that it’s ultra effective at promoting skin cell turnover – removing dead skin and toxins to reveal fresh new skin underneath. And its antiseptic qualities means that it effectively tightens skin, sealing off pores from external pollutants and irritants. This contributes to a more taute, smooth overall complexion.
Lavender oil is another effective detoxifying oil, with an ultra soothing profile and benefits for skin that suffers from inflammation and redness. Often product build-up (if you’re layering on several products a day and not properly removing them) can be one culprit behind seriously stressed out skin. Product buildup can lead to combination dryness and irritation along with oily-ness in the T-zone. Lavender oil is an excellent remedy to this issue – it’s packed with antioxidants that will draw out impurities and chemical residue leftover from products, while restoring your skin to its natural balance.
Grapefruit oil is an excellent oil to use for facial massage, as its application will accelerate the removal of dead skin cells, and it’s an energizing oil to use for promoting circulation and healthy blood flow. Applied topically, it can speed up lymphatic circulation, and it also functions as an antifungal, removing bacteria from the outer epidermal layer. Plus it has an lively and uplifting scent, and because of this is often used as an aromatherapy to treat low energy.
Peppermint oil is a seriously powerful detoxifying oil with antiviral and antioxidant properties. It contains high concentrations of menthol, which produces a cooling and anesthetic sensation. This makes it an excellent remedy for burns and irritation. And because of its lipophilic nature, it’s easily able to pass through skin. This means that topical application results in absorption, which can reduce muscle spasms and soothe irritation in the gut.
Rosehip seed oil is an antioxidant packed favorite that we use in a number of Puristry products. Its renowned for its high concentration of essential fatty acids including linolenic acid, which is essential for fortifying skin cell walls. Strong skin cell walls act as a barrier to prevent bacteria from invading the skin, leading to outbreaks and infection. Moreover rosehip seed oil contains high levels of vitamin A, essential for healthy skin cell turnover, and the ability of your skin to process and expel dead skin.
Facial oils are an integral part of any skin detoxification regime. Lemon oil for skin detoxifying takes our top prize as favorite, but mix and match different grade A cold-pressed oils to see which ones your skin loves the most! And remember, the skin is the body’s largest organ, and pollutants from the environment are constantly making contact with it. Starting a daily detoxification regime in the form of an oil cleanse or mask can brighten your skin, shrink pore size, and improve overall radiance.