The turkey has been portioned into Tupperware containers for turkey sandwiches, the bowl containing Aunt Helen’s cranberry sauce has been licked clean, and you passed out on the couch in a blissful food coma. Let’s face it – it’s the day after Thanksgiving and you need to detox.
We’ve put together 5 tips for a post-Thanksgiving skin detox. Here’s how to detoxify your skin after a huge meal.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Step one to any detox routine: good ol’ H20. Ideally, you should be drinking water throughout Thanksgiving afternoon and evening to aid digestion, circulation and absorption of your large meal.
But if you didn’t remember to stay hydrated (we don’t blame you!), skip the morning joe and instead reach for a glass of warm water with lemon. The lemon kickstarts digestion and flushes out toxins and damaged cells, helping to clear blemishes from within.
2. Cleanse your face with a gentle, all-natural face wash
Be gentle with your face in the morning – you’ve just put your body through a lot! High-calorie dishes like stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes can wreak havoc on your complexion, especially if your skin is already oily.
Try using an all-natural, non-foaming cleanser to strip away the impurities without being overly drying or abrasive, like this face wash from Urth.
3. Apply a skin serum on Thanksgiving night
Since you know you’ll be eating carb-heavy, acne-inducing foods, get in front of any potential breakouts by using a skin serum before you go to bed on Thanksgiving night. When applied in conjunction with a moisturizer, a skin serum can help clear your skin and give it an extra boost.
This serum by Jack Black will do the trick – it utilizes peptides and antioxidants to help prevent any skin damage.
4. Brighten your complexion with a face toner
For a brighter, more even skin complexion, use a toner after washing your face. Toners help tighten and detox the surface cells of your skin. If you’re feeling extra lazy, these wipes by Ursa are perfect for cleaning up on the go (or on the couch – we’re not judging!).
5. Purify your skin with a face mask
For an extra boost, try using a brightening face mask to detoxify and purify your skin. Take a bath, apply the mask and just relax. Urth makes a great botanical mask that’s perfect for helping to gently detoxify any damaged skin cells and shrink pores.
There’s no shame in filling up your plate with yummy food and drink at holiday family get-togethers – although you may run the risk of feeling bloated, lethargic and having a complexion on the verge of a major breakout. Yes, over-indulging at Thanksgiving can take a toll on your face, skin and body, but these simple tips will help you detox after Thanksgiving and (hopefully) feel less gluttonous.