Get Glowing with a 5 Day Skin Detox

  • Hayley Roy
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Los Angeles-based Hayley Roy, licensed esthetician and therapeutic skin coach, works closely with her clients so they walk away from her treatments luxuriously relaxed, enthused about their own beauty rituals, and gorgeously radiant. She says the best way to heal our skin is calming inflammation that could be caused from food allergies. And the way to do this is through a 5 day elimination diet. Here Hayley outlines the steps to get you glowing – from the inside out.

Your 5-day Skin Detox:

Why is detoxing good for the skin? Oftentimes, our skin is the first to signal that something is off within our bodies; and with the proper support, a skin detox can be instrumental to not only our skin but our overall health. Skin reflects health in many ways, and the number one skin care problem I have seen is a food allergy (or intolerance). It is incredibly common for people to not show signs of an allergy or intolerance to sugars or gluten in their digestion since it can build up slowly over time. Instead, it slowly starts to make its way onto your skin in many forms that can easily be mistaken for other skin conditions such as rosacea, cystic acne and melasma. Don't get me wrong, the root of all pesky skin conditions is inflammation and heat, so it can be hard to differentiate without proper guidance, but here is the 5 day skin detox that I give my clients in order to make them their own skin healer.

Experiment with a subtle elimination diet for 5 days. The top 5 groups of food to eliminate are sugar, coffee, alcohol, gluten and dairy. Once these common inflammatory groups have made their way out of your system in the 5 days, you want to reintroduce one group at a time. Introduce one and then take a day off, introduce another and then take a day off. This is how quickly your skin will respond to a food it doesn't like.

Identify the issue and keep a log of your food intake. For example, your skin could be feeling particularly flushed every time you add a sweetener to your diet. Or you notice a couple of extra whiteheads along your jaw after eating that cheesy pizza from the night before. This is where dots will start to connect. Again, write it down. You'll be amazed at what you can find out.

During this process it is vital that you simplify your skincare routine and keep it as consistent as possible. This will help keep your protective barrier in tact and help you better pin-point what the potential food trigger might be. My suggestion would be a gentle cleanser (oil cleanser or cream base such as jojoba oil or Pai’s cream cleanser). A gentle toner with an aloe or rose water base. Finish with a calming single origin oil to hydrate, such as coconut oil or argan oil.

It is very important to be kind to yourself during a process like this. No one is perfect with their skin care or eating habits. Instead, take it as an opportunity to educate yourself on what could be a positive change in your life. All of our organs are ever changing, including our skin. It's important to check in once in awhile even though what you were eating or using as your skin care routine was a good fit before. You may outgrow a certain combination of things, so it's important to embrace the changes and focus on taking care of yourself.

Many cases can be quickly solved with this simple 5 day skin detox; however, if you continue to experience discomfort in your skin or nothing has changed, it's time to see your trusted holistic professional. Have your esthetician, nutritionist and/or acupuncturist assess from there.

Therapeutic Skin Coach Hayley Roy’s love affair with skin care and all things beautiful started at a very young age. Having struggled with acne and other maladies since age 10, she educated herself early on about healing inflammatory conditions from the inside out.

After receiving her license in Esthiology in 2006, Hayley delved into the skincare industry with a love for holistic health care, a need for constant education/growth, and most importantly, an open heart.

Based in Los Angeles, she treats clients from all parts of the country using solely green beauty products and striving to educate on sustainable, eco-conscious choices. Hayley also co-founded Skin Food Talk, a conversation on how to get glowing from the inside out, with her business partner and friend, holistic nutritionist Tara Curran

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