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Skin Detox: What Is It and How To Do It

We may all experience congested, irritated, dull skin from time to time. Lackluster skin can stem from environmental factors, too many products, or hormonal imbalances. ...

Skin Detox: What Is It and How To Do It

By Megan Hart

We may all experience congested, irritated, dull skin from time to time. Lackluster skin can stem from environmental factors, too many products, or hormonal imbalances. 

If you’ve been dealing with problem skin or breakouts, you may want to consider purifying your face to reveal a fresh, radiant complexion. 

What Is Skin Detoxing?

When you think about detoxing your body, you usually think about ridding it of toxins. You might increase your water intake, limit or eliminate alcohol, or even consider a juice cleanse. These activities don’t necessarily harm your body, but there’s little evidence that they help

The body is good at removing toxins on its own. Your liver and kidneys play a huge role in ensuring that toxins that enter the body are effectively filtered out and removed. Even so, increasing your water intake, limiting certain toxins, and upping your intake of fruits and veggies are all goals that can help you feel better. 

The skin doesn’t detox. In other words, toxins can’t “exit” the skin; they use the same filtration process as the rest of the body. A so-called “skin detox” refers to ensuring the uppermost layers of your skin (the epidermis) are healthy, protected, and clear from clogged pores. Some people refer to skin detoxing as skin purging because trapped dirt and oil inside the pores can be moved to the surface and eliminated. 

In context of this blog, the term “detoxing your skin,” is our metaphorical way to describe the restorative skincare routine needed to nurture and rejuvenate your skin.

Why Does Your Skin Need Purification?

Dry January and Sober October are popular ways to detox from alcohol, but your skin also needs a detox from time to time. Your skin is the body’s largest organ and shields your body from external stressors like UV rays, pollution, changes in climate, secondhand smoke, and more.

Common skin issues that may benefit from a skin detox include:

  • Breakouts and blemishes
  • Uneven, dull skin tone
  • Changes in skin texture


Luckily, a skin detox doesn’t need to be complicated. Most of the methods to detox skin are simple, at-home changes you can incorporate into your daily routine to flush out toxins and get a glowing complexion.

How Can You Detox Your Skin?

Detoxing your skin is a two-part process, with one part paring down your skincare routine and the other taking action to clear the skin and restore radiance. 

Paring Down Your Routine

Less is more, especially when it comes to detoxing your skin. A 12-step skincare routine may be your standard, but while you detox, try paring it down to the basics: cleansing, treating, hydrating, and protecting. 

  • Cleansing: Keeping your skin cleansed is the first step in any good skincare routine. For a detox, a cleanser that is oil-free and hydrating is best. NuFACE Prep-Glow® Hydrating Facial Wipes are oil-free towelettes that remove dirt and oil on one side and gently exfoliate on the other. 
  • Treating: While detoxing your skin, you can still address concerns like loss of resiliency, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and texture. Using a serum with a clean formula is an easy way to address skin concerns without adding weight or oil. 
  • Hydrate: Drinking water can help hydrate your skin somewhat, but keeping your skin truly hydrated requires skincare products with hydrating ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best ingredients to use on your skin to promote hydration. This molecule is found in the skin and can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. 
  • Protect: Sunscreen is probably your first thought when considering skin protection, and you certainly do need it. Adding another layer of protection to your skin through antioxidants is also essential. Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radicals released when exposed to UV rays, pollution, and other external stressors. 


Keep your skincare routine basic while you detox, and avoid the urge to use masks, treatments, or anything else that could congest or stress skin. Remember, the idea is to reset the skin and give it some breathing room. 

Taking Action: Restoring Radiance 

You don’t have to use many products or pursue invasive techniques to see results from a skin detox. Microcurrent therapy stands out as an effective way to support skin radiance and rejuvenation.

Microcurrent therapy uses low-level electrical currents to target the skin and underlying facial structures, allowing you to manage fine lines, wrinkles, and resiliency on your terms and in your home. 

The NuFACE TRINITY+ and Wrinkle Reducer Attachment Set is an easy way to start with microcurrent therapy. All NuFACE devices are aesthetician-created and FDA-cleared as an anti-aging treatment for adults 18 years and older. The TRINITY+ is a good solution for actively caring for your skin during a detox.

To get started, cleanse your skin with Prep-N-Glow Facial Wipes, and choose a NuFACE Booster Serum to enhance your treatment. Next, apply your favorite Microcurrent Activator Gel in a mask-like layer to your skin and turn on your device. Perform glides and holds on your skin to tone, lift, and contour.

You can unlock exclusive treatment, get step-by-step treatment tutorials, and track your progress with the NuFACE Smart App to take the guesswork out of your treatments.

Will a Skin Detox Cause a Purge?

Any time you begin a skin detox, some may experience what is known as skin purging. Purging refers to the process of dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that are trapped in your pores being removed to the surface, usually in the form of blackheads and whiteheads. Avoid the urge to pick or pop these blemishes. Trust the process and know they’ll go away on their own in a few days to reveal healthier, more clarified skin. 

Detox Now

Most of us will need a skin detox at some point. Thankfully, purging your skin is simple and requires a few products to leave your skin feeling hydrated, healthy, and radiant. 


Do Detoxes and Cleanses Actually Work? | Cleveland Clinic

Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics | PMC

Physiological effects of microcurrent and its application for maximizing acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise | NCBI

[Muscular aging and its involvement in facial aging: the Face Recurve concept] | NCBI

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