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Say Goodbye to Toxins: How Detox Facials Work and Why They Provide Clear, Radiant Skin

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

Are you tired of feeling like your skin is congested, dull, or prone to breakouts? Perhaps it’s time for a detox facial!

Every day, you face environmental stress that clogs your pores, causes inflammation, and accelerates the aging process. With these challenges comes the need for new professional treatments that detoxify, protect, and repair the skin.

Detox facials are a trending skincare treatment that many people are turning to in order to keep their skin looking healthy and vibrant. These facials are designed to help detoxify the skin and remove impurities, leaving you with a clean and refreshed complexion. In this article, we'll explore what detox facials are, how they work, and why you might need one.

What is a Detox Facial?

While both a detox facial and a regular facial aim to improve the health and appearance of your skin, there are some key differences.

A detox facial is a type of facial treatment that is designed to help remove toxins and impurities from the skin. This type of facial uses ingredients that are able to penetrate the skin deeper and normally contain stronger active ingredients. This is achieved by using products that contain natural ingredients such as activated charcoal, bentonite clay, or other ingredients that have detoxifying properties. These ingredients work to draw out impurities from the pores, leaving your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated.

How Does a Detox Facial Work?

A detox facial typically involves several steps that work together to cleanse and detoxify the skin. The first step is usually a deep cleansing, which helps to remove any dirt or makeup that may be on the skin's surface. This is followed by an exfoliating treatment and extractions, which helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores that contribute to a dull complexion.

After the skin is prepped, a detox mask is applied. This is typically made with natural ingredients that have detoxifying properties, such as activated charcoal or bentonite clay. The mask is left on the skin for several minutes to allow the ingredients to penetrate and draw out impurities.

Once the mask is removed, a toner is applied to help rebalance the skin's pH levels. This is followed by a moisturizer to help hydrate the skin and lock in the benefits of the treatment, and targeted treatments such as serums.

If you’re looking for professional skin care for a detox facial, there are a few key ingredients you should consider to maximize your results. Here are five powerful detoxifying ingredients the experts at Lulu Tru recommend:


Mushrooms are adaptogens that help the body adapt to changes and restore balance. Reishi mushroom is particularly renowned for its regenerative, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. With over 400 bioactive compounds, it’s an excellent ingredient for skin care.


Microgreens, such as broccoli and radish, contain four to six times more nutrients than more mature plant varieties. They’re loaded with vitamins and minerals that promote skin health, according to USDA researcher Dr. Gene Lester.

Birch Water

Birch trees produce sap that’s rich in electrolytes, flavonoids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and vitamins. It’s been called “nature’s sports drink” for its hydrating and antioxidant properties. Birch water has been consumed as a beverage in northern Europe and China for centuries.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues, including the skin. It’s a potent antioxidant that can help prevent UV damage, reduce pigmentation, reduce inflammation, and boost collagen production. Since the body can’t produce Vitamin C on its own, it’s essential to supplement through topical skin care.


Clay is a powerful detoxifying ingredient that can draw out impurities and oil from the skin’s surface. Its negatively charged particles attract positively charged impurities like toxins and bacteria and pull them from pores. It’s particularly effective for clients struggling with oily or acne-prone skin.

Why Do You Need a Detox Facial?

Modern living exposes you to UV damage, pollution and blue light radiation - all of which wreak havoc on healthy skin. For example, if you live in a city or heavily polluted area, your skin may be exposed to a lot of toxins and impurities. These can build up over time and lead to dull, tired-looking skin.

As Eminence Organics International Trainer Brian Goodwin explains,

“Our lifestyles tend to block the lymphatic system from doing its job because of the stagnant nature of our lives. As a result, waste and toxins build up and cause plenty of problems that present as acne, inflammation, and visible signs of aging. A detox facial helps to remove impurities, pollutants, and dead skin cells to revitalize the skin and support its health.”

If you suffer from acne or other skin conditions, a detox facial can help to remove impurities that may be contributing to the problem. This can lead to clearer, more radiant skin.

Finally, if you're looking for a way to pamper yourself and give your skin a boost, a detox facial is a great option. It can leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed, with glowing, healthy-looking skin.

Benefits of a Detox Facial

There are numerous benefits to getting a detox facial, including:

Clearer Skin

One of the most significant benefits of a detox facial is clearer, healthier-looking skin. By removing impurities from the skin, a detox facial can help to reduce the appearance of breakouts and improve overall skin texture.

Improved Circulation

During a detox facial, your esthetician will typically use massage techniques to improve circulation in your skin. This can help to reduce inflammation, promote lymphatic drainage, and leave your skin looking brighter and more radiant.

Stress Relief

Getting a detox facial can also be a relaxing and stress-relieving experience. The gentle massage and soothing mask can help to reduce tension in your facial muscles, leaving you feeling calm and rejuvenated.

Anti-Aging Benefits

Detox facials can also help to reduce the signs of aging by promoting cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. This can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking smoother and more youthful.

How to Prepare for a Detox Facial

Before your detox facial, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your treatment:

Avoid Sun Exposure

In the days leading up to your facial, try to avoid prolonged sun exposure. Sunburned skin can be sensitive and may not respond well to the exfoliation and extractions involved in a detox facial.

Don't Wax or Shave

Avoid waxing or shaving your face for at least 24 hours before your facial. This can help to reduce skin sensitivity and ensure that your treatment is as comfortable as possible.

Our Favorite Detox Products to use in a Detox Facial

Here are four powerful products we use in our detox facial.

  1. Blueberry Firming Detox Peel - This naturally exfoliating peel cleanses the pores deeply and tones the look of the skin.

  2. Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel - Provides a complete surface and pore-refining treatment by removing impurities and dead skin cells, minimizing pores, and smoothing the look of skin.

  3. Kombucha Microbiome Leave-on Masque - Bring comfort and serenity to dry, dull-looking skin with a rich slow-absorbing masque, which uses ginger and pre, pro, and postbiotics to visibly renew the appearance of the skin while supporting your moisture barrier.

  4. Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Mask - Harness the natural power of Vitamins C+E with a boost of vitamins to improve the appearance of skin and reduce the look of drying environmental damage.

A detox facial could be exactly what your skin needs.

A detox facial can be an excellent way to promote healthy, clear, and youthful-looking skin. By removing impurities, improving circulation, and reducing stress, this treatment can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. If you're interested in trying a detox facial, talk to your esthetician to see if it's right for you.

Don’t wait to experience the benefits of a detox facial - schedule your appointment at Lulu Tru today and start feeling your best!


  1. Is a detox facial painful?

    1. The extractions involved in a detox facial can be uncomfortable, but they should not be painful. Your esthetician will work to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible

  2. How often should I get a detox facial?

    1. Your esthetician can provide you with a custom skincare plan, but generally, it is recommended to get a facial once a month or once a quarter.

  3. Can I wear makeup after a detox facial?

    1. It's best to avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours after a detox facial to allow your skin to fully recover and reap the benefits of the treatment.

  4. Are there any side effects of a detox facial?

    1. It's normal to experience slight redness and sensitivity after a detox facial, but these side effects should subside within a few hours. If you experience any severe discomfort or prolonged redness, contact your esthetician.

  5. Can a detox facial be customized to my skin type?

    1. Yes, your esthetician can customize the treatment to your specific skin type and concerns. They may use different products or techniques based on your individual needs.

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