Gaiam Life

October 10th, 2008

Source: Gaiam Life
April 2008

Detox wraps, exfoliators and masks

Many wraps, exfoliators and masks do remove toxins by prompting us to sweat or otherwise drawing them out from your epidermis. While some experts say the results are pretty temporary, those fleeting results can be well worth it.

“A good exfoliator gets rid of all the pollutants on the skin’s surface and leaves the skin glowing and dewy looking,” says Joanna Vargas of Joanna Vargas Skin Care in New York City, who recommends using exfoliators that contain fruit enzymes and avoiding harsher ones made with glycolics.

Clay and seaweed in masks and whole-body wraps do draw out toxins, and the heat in wraps helps you sweat. “It’s a great thing to do before an event you want to look slimmer for,” Vargas says.

An exfoliator with dramatic detox advantages is the dry brush—a lymphatic system stimulator that makes you feel as glorious as a cat getting its belly scratched. Read the full article