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7 Ways To Reduce Toxins and Detox Your Skin


Do you suffer from hormonal acne around the chin and jaw line? Breakouts in these areas signal a hormone imbalance or increased stress. Your skin is the largest organ of elimination and when your body is over burdened it can result in toxins excreting through your skin. There are things that you can do to prevent and treat these pesky breakouts. Find out how to clear your skin with my TOP detox tips for clearer skin NOW!

Increase your water intake

Water governs almost every function in your body. It aids digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is made up of millions of cells. Without water, your body cannot function properly and will struggle to eliminate toxins from your body. When this happens, your body will look to other ways of excreting toxins and can often result in breakouts on your skin.

TIP: Aim to drink 7-9 glasses of water every day. If you are drinking from a bottle, make sure it’s glass. I love the VOSS bottles and often add lemon slices for an extra detox idea!

Eat organic wherever possible

Did you know that your body absorbs majority of its toxins through FOOD? That’s right. Processed foods, sugars, soft drink and foods with artificial flavours are the WORST foods you can eat for acne. These foods increase inflammation in the body, hold little nutritional value and can irritate your gut.

The best way to avoid toxin intake through food is to eat organic whenever possible and completely avoid processed foods. This isn’t always an option when out and about and it can be more expensive to buy organic when you are doing grocery shopping. That’s why I’ve created an easy DIY Veggie Patch idea that can be created in even the smallest of spaces! Check it out HERE!

TIP: Avoid foods containing artificial colours, flavours, hormones 

Use natural skincare products

I only ever recommend natural skincare products to my clients. This because most mass cosmetic companies use ingredients such as mineral oils, PEGS, petrochemicals, artificial colours and fragrances, SLS/SLES and more as a base for their formulas. These ingredients are known to irritate the skin, cause cancer and even make conditions like acne WORSE! These ingredients are absorbed by the skin and can enter your bloodstream leaving you open to absorbing more toxins into your body.

TIP: Choose a natural skincare brand with no nasties and a low essential oil content. My favourite brands for skincare and makeup include People for Plants, LUSH and La Mav.

Say no to chemical cleaning products

This is a BIG one. It’s important to remember that what goes ON, goes IN. That means that whenever you are washing the dishes, hand washing clothes or any other type of cleaning that involves contact of cleaning products with your skin, your body is absorbing chemicals.

Opt for natural cleaning products instead that use minimal or NO chemicals. You can even make your own cleaning products using vinegar, essentials oils and even baking soda.

TIP: If you MUST use chemical cleaning products, make sure you are wearing rubber gloves so that no chemical contact is made with your skin.

Drink more tea

When I say tea, I mean herbal tea.  Stay clear of traditional black tea, english breakfast and early grey. Instead, opt for a yummy ginger, dandelion, liquorice, burdock, nettle or chamomile tea that will soothe your digestive system and calm your skin. These teas will naturally improve digestion, liver function and aid your body in its natural processes.

If your desperate for a caffeine hit or are trying to give up the coffee, opt for a green tea instead. My personal favourite is a green tea and quince blend – delish!

TIP:  Be sure to have an extra glass of water for every diuretic style tea that you consume to ensure your body and skin are always hydrated.

Take a Detoxifying Bath

Detox baths are an amazing way to treat your skin and detox toxins from your body. One of my favourite recipes for a detox bath is:

Fill a bathtub with hot water. Add a cup of Epsom salts (buy at the supermarket or pharmacy/drug store) and a cup of organic apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg) to the water. This will draw out impurities and toxins from the pores as well as ease any tension from your muscles.

TIP: Relax in the bath for 20 minutes for best results. You can use this detox bath idea every day if you enjoy it as much as I do!

Treat Yourself To A Face Mask

Treat yourself to a detoxifying face mask once or twice a week and help your skin to eliminate extra toxins. When it comes to beauty products they are often expensive, toxic, and ineffective. Often, those very products are loading our precious bodies with toxins which only accelerate the ageing process and overburden our system.

Try this detoxifying face mask recipe at home.


2 tbsp bentonite clay
1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey
Juice of half a lemon

Combine all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl and apply to clean skin. Leave for 15-20 minutes and rinse well with water or a muslin cloth.

TIP: For a deeper cleanse, use an organic cotton muslin cloth to remove your mask. They are even machine washable!

The most important piece of advice I can give you is to take small, simple steps to improve your health and your skin. Don’t feel like you have to change everything at once. Be open to the change, try introducing one tip every week and make it part of a new lifestyle as opposed to a quick fad.

If you need more help with your skin, write to me with your questions or check out my Clear Skin Project guide HERE.

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  • Olivia Jenkins

    Hi Emily!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I completely understand how you feel. I too had tried absolutely everything under the sun and my skin didn’t seem to get any better, despite doing all the “right” things. It can be frustrating, upsetting and it can get to the point where you literally just want to give up.

    Clearing your skin takes time and it’s a holistic process. It’s also one that is slightly different for each of us. It’s not just about green tea and eliminating things from your diet. It’s about a mindset shift, taking good care of your body, consistently. For some, it’s even about letting go of things. That was certainly true for me!

    I’m not an advocate of Accutane, in fact I think it’s really quite dangerous. Hormonal issues are quite often directly associated with the gut. Which is why my posts are very often about food and the gut!

    Have you read and follow the advice in the Clear Skin Project plan? Let me know if there is anything you’d like to know more about and I am happy to help you.

    Talk soon,
    Olivia x

  • emily

    Hi there. I just find a lot of your advice here really ridiculous for those of us who have real hormonal issues. I’ve had bad acne on my cheeks for the last decade plus. Just like everyone else, nothing has ever worked for me and I even tried accutane several years ago in college and had to stop because my white blood cells dropped dramatically. I’ve done my best in the last 6 months to go about it naturally. I’m very kind to my face, my diet, and to my body with exercise. And you know what? I have constant bad skin. I find this article misleading to those of us like me. These are the types of articles I read 6 months ago and I was so excited and thought my new leaf of letting go of all the chemicals that never even worked, but all the green tea and regular running and eliminating of diary and of sugar and most carbs and using jojoba honey as a nightly mask green smoothies and bone broth and blah blah blah and my skin is still horrible. I don’t mean to take this out on you, but the biggest thing with acne is everybody’s body is different. I’m happy these little changes worked for you, but as a person who naturally does a lot of the things you suggest, my skin is still shit so no, adding a lemon and eating organic isn’t going to fix everything.