• Trishna Patnaik

Detox for skin and hair after holidays

Do you know, your body can accumulate both natural and manmade toxins when you ingest food and water and when you breathe? Air pollutants like ozone and nitrogen dioxide have been linked to a range of health problems in humans — from respiratory inflammation to cancer.

A toxin is a poison produced through biological processes. The nicotine found inside of tobacco leaves is a toxin; so is the metabolic waste produced by cells inside the human body. But when people talk about "toxins," they're likely referring to manmade chemicals as well.

A skin and hair detox seeks to help the skin to get rid of the body’s waste products, which can, in turn, help your skin look and feel better. Particularly if you notice problems in your skin, a detox may be just the ticket. Signs that you may need a skin and hair detox to include:

• Dull, sallow skin

• Uneven skin tone

• Oily skin and hair fall

• Hair prone to breakage

• Dry or sensitive hair

Elate Wellbeing Nutrition and Diet experts have made a list of detox ideas to bring back glow on your skin and hair.


A common recommendation for health, drinking water is an important step in detoxing your body, inside and out. Unfortunately, particularly in the winter, we tend to drink less, taxing our internal waste removal systems. Make a point for at least a week to drink more.

For a detoxing boost, sip plain hot water every 10-15 minutes through the day for the week, and in addition, drink half your ideal weight in ounces of room temperature water each day as well. So if you weigh 60 kg, drink an additional 60 ounces (about 7.5 cups). And for some extra detoxing power, add some lemon to the water. Lemons naturally promote healthy digestion.


The more you eat junk foods, the more your skin will suffer. At least for one week, stay off “congesting” foods like animal fats, dairy products, white bread, fast foods, and sugar. Eat as clean and healthy as you can, including lots of fresh berries and fruits.


Teas like nettle, ginger, dandelion, and sarsaparilla root are known to support the body and skin. Drink at least two cups of these teas a day for at least one week.


Cabbage can help get rid of crow’s feet, which are a sign that you may have high cortisol levels. High cortisol can cause the skin to break down faster and wrinkles to appear.

The adrenal gland is responsible for making cortisol. By incorporating anti-inflammatory and vitamin A-, C- and E-rich food like cabbage into your diet, you can help to lower cortisol levels, diminish crow’s feet, and prevent lines from forming in the first place.

Try to choose purple cabbage because it has six to eight times more vitamin C than green. In fact, one cup of purple cabbage is 80 per cent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C you need. In order to get the most benefits, incorporate into your diet three to five times a week.


Beets can help brighten dull eyes and flush your lymphatic system. Flushing out your lymphatic system can help bring youthfulness back by clearing cloudiness and whitening the whites of your eyes. Beets are high in iron and contain the antioxidant betacyanin, which supports liver and lymphatic health.

Beets are a beauty food because they are a natural colon cleanser that can remove toxins and congestion from the body, including in the capillaries travelling to the eye. They can also increase oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 per cent!


Cilantro is a beauty food that helps to remove heavy metals from your system that enlarge fat cells. These toxins can increase the appearance of cellulite on your body.

Cilantro has cleansing properties and can be easily incorporated into your diet every morning – Snyder adds cilantro to her green smoothie for breakfast.


There are other foods that can fight the appearance of cellulite like oats. Oats are whole grains that are the most natural and unprocessed form. They are high in fibre, which is key in a long-term anti-cellulite program. Fibre helps move and clear out toxins that will be released from fat cells so that they don’t re-circulate around the body and turn into cellulite.

Citrus Fruit

Another beauty food you can fight cellulite with is with citrus fruit. The citrus fruit provides a boost of vitamin C, which can help to repair skin collagen and prevent cellulite from being so visible. It provides nourishment for your hair roots. The best time to eat citrus fruit in order to get the best results is in the morning on an empty stomach.

Walnut Meat

Walnut meat is one “beauty fat” that can help to make your skin more supple and beautiful, while also lubricating your hair strands and strengthening your cell membranes against oxidative damage. Walnuts themselves are filled with healthy omega-3s which can help to strengthen your skin and hair and make it more resilient. Beauty fats, like walnut meat, can also tackle issues like age spots, sagging skin and thinning hair that can significantly add years to your appearance.

Walnut meat is chopped walnuts combined with spices, and it can be eaten in salads, tacos, and other dishes. Try it as a healthy ground meat substitute.

Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower seed butter is another beauty fat that helps to eliminate the free radicals that cause cellular damage, which can lead to age spots. Sunflower seeds are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which can help to eliminate preexisting age spots and prevent them from forming. Include sunflower seed butter in your diet at least three times a week. It strengthens hair follicles in the process.

Get personalised detox plans suited for your body and lifestyle from Elate Wellbeing Nutrition and Diet experts.

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