For many of us, the concept of a detox is not a new thing. Going on a cleanse is something we do to combat an indulgent (and often unhealthy) habit. This can range from a booze-fueled night out to working way too much overtime at the office.
Now, our bodies are already programmed to do a “clean-up” on their own. But here’s the thing: they need help. This means we should never disregard other methods of detoxification. In fact, it’s better to supplement your body’s natural detox powers with a healthy and sustainable boost.
At BeautyMNL, we believe that an effective detox is one that can be incorporated into your daily routine—and easily, at that. So, here are 7 detoxes that will properly reboot the mind and body. Try one (or all) this week!
1. INTERNAL DETOX
Had one too many cocktails last night? Activated charcoal is your secret weapon. This powerful powder works by gently attaching itself to toxins and chemicals in the body. It undergoes a chemical process called “adsorption” (nope, that’s not a typo). As a result of adsorption, toxins are flushed out instead of being absorbed by the body. Thus, activated charcoal can also help bring down bloating and alleviate other kinds of digestive distress.
Naturally, whether it comes as a pill or a powder, it’s ideal for an internal detox. So don’t let the dark and heavy look of it fool you. Activated charcoal will make you feel lighter and fresher right after you take it. Bottoms up!
- Philippine Pure Activated Charcoal (350mg capsules), P595
- Fika Philippines Activated Carbon Coco Powder, P250
2. DIET DETOX
Given the plethora of convenient, calorific food options out there, it’s so easy to succumb to an unhealthy diet. A poor diet can lead to a string of health problems—not to mention, consistent sluggishness and unwanted weight gain.
Instead of relying on crash diets that deliver short-term results, focus on eating clean and incorporating whole foods into your daily meals. You can start by making small changes. Craving for something sweet? Reach for cacao nibs or fruits instead of your usual candy fix. Or trade that high-fat salad dressing for a healthier vinaigrette version. These diet switches fuel your body without leaving you famished. Pretty soon, you’ll be leaner, livelier, and looking more radiant than ever!
- The Superfood Grocer Raw Cacao Nibs Coated in Coconut Sugar, P225
- Greenlife Home of Coconut Products Coconut Spicy Vinegar, P55
Need your daily cuppa? Consider switching your cappuccino for an antioxidant-rich tea. Antioxidants help enhance the body’s natural cleansing processes and promote your immune system. In this way, toxins and other types of waste are efficiently flushed out of your system.
All you have to do is steep, sip, and repeat! Oh, and brace yourself for a little caffeine withdrawal—it’s good for you, promise.
4. SKIN DETOX
Your complexion is often a reflection of your health. If your skin is breaking out or looking particularly lackluster, chances are it’s in dire need of a detox.
Enter: activated charcoal (again!). Basically, if charcoal isn’t part of your beauty regimen by now, you should seriously give it a shot. Because of its ability to bind impurities and toxins and reveal a more luminous face, this super-ingredient has become a regular fixture in skincare.
Another way of detoxifying your skin: a massage! Rhythmic strokes and gentle pressure help stimulate the lymphatic system, eliminating excess fluid and flushing out waste in the process. This is precisely why face rollers have gotten so popular. If you don’t have a face roller, just use your fingers and a therapeutic massage oil. A formula with essential oils will further boost your body’s self-cleansing mechanisms and soothe your senses at once.
- Beaublends Detox Bamboo Charcoal Peel Off Mask, P250
- Chi Beauty Jade Massage Wand Jade, P1,995
- Lunas Living Oils Beyond Horizon Aromatic Bath & Massage Oil, P225
5. MOUTH DETOX
Brushing and flossing is well and good, but did you know there’s a way to detox while amping up your dental hygiene? That, ladies and gentlemen, is oil pulling.
Oil-pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that removes toxins and bacteria from your mouth and lymph system. It involves “pulling,” or in layman’s terms, swishing oil in your mouth for a prolonged period of time. Twenty to thirty minutes, to be exact! It sounds weird now, but oil-pulling has tons of proven benefits. It can stop a sore throat in its tracks by loosening up your sinuses; it can eradicate bad breath and lessen tooth decay; and yes, it can even whiten your teeth. Say cheese!
6. SWEAT DETOX
Working out gives you more than just a dose of endorphins. Sweating can actually help your body detoxify itself, since it eliminates excess body salts. Perspiration detoxification is actually a great way to flush out stored toxins, fats, and wastes. Time to start moving!
Make regular exercise a part of your life by choosing a workout that interests you. This could be an adrenaline-pumping circuit class or a hot yoga sesh. Busy bee? Sneak in a 10-minute cardio workout in the comforts of your own home. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Agua is the ultimate detox.
NEED MORE IDEAS? Check out Deal Grocer’s Fitness Category.
7. DIGITAL DETOX
If you find yourself glued to social media and/or email, it’s a telltale sign that you’re digitally-dependent. There’s no doubt that technology has done wonders in today’s fast-paced world, but it has also negatively affected the way we think. Suffering from insomnia or bouts of anxiety? Detaching yourself from your devices and controlling the urge to be connected might be just the thing you need. (At least, for an hour or so.)
There are plenty of ways to unwind without Netflix or Instagram Stories. Pick up a good book and read a chapter before bed. Set aside time to meditate in the mornings. Have a fabulous spa session in your own bathroom. Slap on your favorite sheet mask, light up an aromatherapy candle, and simply disconnect. See where we’re going with this? Goodbye, mental clutter—hello, total clarity!