-- It's the first day of summer, but your skin is stuck in mid-winter? How to freshen up fast? A skin detox -- from the inside out -- might do the trick.
"Most of the time when we hear about detoxes, we assume we are talking about a liver detox," said Paula Simpson, Celebrity Beauty Nutritionist. "If your skin isn’t looking as good as you’d like, a skin detox may help improve its condition and help you look more radiant and healthy for the summer months," Simpson said.
Simpson shared with ABC News her top skin detox tips. Though you don't need to follow every tip below, Simpson says the more you follow, the better the results. For best results, your skin detox should last four weeks.
Bonus: since this skin detox cleanses from the inside our, you should expect to not only look better, but feel better too.
1. Feed your Gut.
Simpson also recommends miso "one the mainstays of traditional Japanese medicine and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator."
Also from Asia, she suggests Kimchi, n Asian form of pickled sauerkraut typically served alongside meals in Korea. "Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2," she said. Other options: asparagus, garlic and beans - these foods are fuel for good bacteria.
2. Eat your Antioxidants
"Zeaxanthin is a carotenoid and a very strong skin antioxidant that protects your body’s cells from dangerous free radicals," Simpson said. Zeaxanthin is found in leafy green vegetables, yellow and orange peppers, corn, and eggs. "Consuming antioxidant rich foods such as deep-colored berries, peppers, beets, tomatoes help to ward off reactive free radicals that can depress skin immunity and slow down skin metabolism and cellular renewal."
3. Start with Lemon
4. Get your Greens
Kale, spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard -- any dark leafy green will get the job done. Because, Simpson said, they are "rich in detoxifying chlorophyll that binds and neutralizes lingering heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides. Full of vitamins and minerals, greens alkaline-ize the body to re-balance pH and reduce acidity, which is often associated with congested skin."
5. Drink your Tea
6. Do Supplement
7. Do a Mud Mask
Mud masks pull toxins and waste materials out of your skin, unclog pores, and revitalize dull skin, so they’re good for purification anytime, according to Simpson. "To supersize them for a summer skin detox, slather them on, then step into a steaming hot bath to work the ingredients further into skin."
"Whenever you need to slough away dead skin cells and encourage new, younger looking cells to emerge, you need to exfoliate. Try exfoliating a couple of more times than your usual routine for one week. After one week go back to your usual regimen."
9. Go Sweat
10. Cleansing bath
Use your bath to detox your skin by adding a cup of Epsom salts and calming essential oil such as lavender three times per week. "These will draw dirt and other impurities out of your pores, helping your skin to start over fresh."