5 of the Best Ways to Detox Your Skin

If you’re currently not loving the skin you’re in, then it might be time for a skin detox. While detoxes dealing with your diet can be controversial, a skin detox involves eating foods and drinks to try to rid your skin of pollutants, dirt, chemicals, and blemishes. “People don’t understand how powerful the skin is,” Dr. Doris Day, a New York aesthetic dermatologist told Today. “They think it’s all vanity. Skin is a very important reflection of your overall health and well-being.

This means you need to take care of it. Thankfully, there are ways to detox your skin from the inside out. Here’s how.

1. Drink enough water

Glass of water

Water is something you simply can’t live without — and your skin really needs it. | iStock.com

Drinking enough water daily is important for your overall health because it aids in circulation, digestion, absorption, and excretion, and while it does give you a healthy, younger looking and radiant complexion, it’s not a miracle cure for you skin — but it helps. Your skin contains plenty of water and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Just don’t expect over-hydration to erase fine lines or wrinkles, Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD, tells WebMD.

That said, the water you drink is likely to reach your other organs before your skin, which means you should also apply the proper moisturizer to create a physical barrier that locks moisture in.

2. Incorporate probiotics


A great digestive system will lead to amazing skin. | iStock.com

Probiotics, if you’re unsure of what they are, are live bacteria that are naturally found in your digestive system — and they’re really good for you. You can also get them in supplements and the foods you eat. Adding a good probiotic to your diet helps purify your skin from the inside out. Good sources include yogurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, and soft cheeses.

3. Eat more fiber

Broccoli and carrots.

There’s no better way to get your fiber than your veggies. | iStock.com

If you’re not eating enough fiber, you better start. Increasing the fiber content in your diet has tremendous benefits for your skin, according to Dr. Mercola’s site. Instead of taking fiber supplements that can leave you bloated, eat foods like classic oatmeal or muesli for breakfast, whole grain or gluten-free bread, and nuts to meet your recommended 38 grams per day.

On the flip side, processed foods have been linked to acne and other skin conditions. A high-fiber diet will keep things moving smoothly and give you great skin.

4. Go for antioxidants


Make sure antioxidants are a regular part of your diet. | iStock.com

You’ve definitely heard of antioxidants. They’re those things that help you fight free radicals that attack cells and cause wrinkles, dull skin, and even skin cancer. “Most antioxidants have a primary mechanism of action but may have multiple functions,” Jennifer Linder, M.D. and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco, told Everyday Health.“Because of these varying functions, it’s good to have a combination of antioxidants in your regimen.” Your best options are blueberries, nuts, beans, fish, sweet potatoes, and orange vegetables, and green tea.

5. Load up on tea

pouring a cup of green tea

Green tea should be a part of everyone’s diet. | iStock.com

Tea is one of the best beverages you can drink. But which is the absolute best for you skin? Some research indicates green tea may be able to protect against skin cancer. In fact, Renee Snyder, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, and co-founder of cosmetics brand W3LL PEOPLE tells Women’s Health that the catechins in green tea help protect against sunburns and harmful UV rays. What other beverage do you know of that protects your skin and also happens to taste delicious? Whether you like it with a little honey or plain, green tea is the way to go.

Additional reporting by Jordan Porter-Woodruff