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As we jumped on the train to the last days of the year, we realized something: our eating habits were not the best, causing our skin to look tired.

Try this skin cleanse

Refined sugar needs to go

This sweet ingredient spikes your insulin levels, causing inflammation in the body and even your skin. When inflammation happens, it breaks down collagen and elastin, which keep your skin tight and wrinkle-free. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but we’re basically saying we need cut out all candy, sweets, and sodas.

Make leafy greens a must in your diet

Leafy greens like kale, spinach, parsley, and cilantro contain a great deal of vitamins and minerals that are key during any kind of detox program. Power up your smoothies and salads with extra kale, because the beta-carotene delivers a youthful glow and neutralizes free radicals. Load up on spinach, too. It’s a good source of omega-3s, potassium, calcium, iron, and a whole bunch of other nutrients.

Lemon water every morning

This gives your metabolism a boost right when you wake up and gets your body detoxing first thing in the morning. It’s also alkaline, so it helps balance the pH levels in your body, reducing skin inflammation and flare-ups. Lemon water will also help get rid of excess water weight and balance the sodium and potassium levels in your cells.

Drink tons of water

Half your body weight in ounces, to be exact. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day.

Skin Detox

No chemicals on your skin

Try to use skin products that are chemical-free. You can try switching from your favorite moisturizing lotion to natural coconut oil, which is great for your skin.

With these changes in your diet, you’ll start seeing how your skin discovers a new natural glow that it didn’t have before. Don’t worry if, at the beginning, you see your face breaking out. This will quickly disappear and your skin will start displaying all the benefits of changing your diet.