Toxins are known to be harmful to our bodies, particularly in large quantities. That said, detoxifying products are marketed here and there—from supplements and health drinks to beauty products. However, experts warn us of shams that are created only to exploit the gullible side of each of us.
So, before filling your cart with assorted detox products, whether it’s a health juice or a face toner sold online, make sure what you are getting is not a hoax. Here is a guide to help you find the real deal:
You have probably heard about several methods to detoxify your hair. Some claim that staying away from shampoos altogether is the first step. Others who can’t take the oiliness from shampoo-less baths recommend using detoxifying shampoos or sulfate-free shampoos instead. However, several reports suggest that shampoo is not downright evil. In fact, they are strong enough to strip off oil and dust off the cuticle or the outer layer of our hair, but not too strong to get inside the hair and cause damage.
Other ways of detoxifying hair involve the use of apple cider vinegar or baking soda. Some beauty enthusiasts list ten recipes using either of these two and other natural ingredients, such as honey, cucumber, and lemon. If going the long route is not your thing, coconut oil is your best friend. Its molecules are small enough to penetrate your hair, which means it can protect and cleanse your crowning glory from the inside out.
Our face is probably the most exposed body part, so it’s no wonder it is exposed to different types of dirt and pollutants. This fact also suggests that washing our face is not enough; deep cleansing is a must.
Deep cleansing or detoxifying our face requires the help of a face toner. Toners protect the skin by removing environmental toxins, such as smog, smoke, and other chemical residues. It helps the facial cleanser in removing dirt and preparing your face to absorb the moisturizer. Other sources assert that using facial toners is crucial for everyone’s skincare. Without it, our skincare routine is incomplete.
You may have heard about the detoxifying drinks and diets that advertisers and social media influencers have been raving about, but according to some experts, these are a fad. Maybe they do help a little, but they won’t save us from our sinful eating habits. Our body already has built-in detoxifiers. The only time you need to detoxify is when there is an excess amount of the harmful elements in our body. Otherwise, our body should be left alone.
However, just because these detox products and services marketed these days are not scientifically backed, doesn’t mean we cannot do anything to keep our bodies healthy. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are still the best way to go.
If you thought the small device where you soak your feet for minutes then the water turns green or brown actually detoxifies your body, you are not alone. Unfortunately, as of this writing, there is not enough evidence that it actually works. The “dirty” water after the so-called detox process is just a byproduct of the reaction of the chemicals in the water to sweat and dirt. A study by Kennedy et al. supported this claim.
Other sources assert that there are other ways to detoxify through the feet, but they don’t get rid of the toxins from the body. Instead, these methods get rid of the impurities on the feet’s surface. Some of these methods include adding Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, or baking soda to warm water.
Detoxifying our body is not at all bad. You can go and try several products you want, but make sure you do not forget the foundation of a healthy body—eating right, exercising regularly, and staying away from harmful chemicals. You can’t just eat or drink anything and be merry every day and expect the detox drinks to save your life. But if you experience any inexplicable weight loss, skin problems, or other symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.