Your daily detox: small steps for everyday clean living

You don’t have to do an intense New Year cleanse with these healthy tweaks to your daily routine

Many of us have at least attempted a detox – perhaps after a particularly indulgent festive period.

We diligently buy a juicer, swap solids for liquids, and proceed to complain about being hungry until we give up on the whole idea – at approximately 4.46pm on January 1.

Now, though, a detox is no longer something that you attempt to force upon yourself every 12 months. Instead, you can do it little and often, every day. It’s arguably better for you, and much more manageable and easy to keep up.

Try these small steps to introduce detoxing into your everyday life, and clean living will soon become second nature.

Detox your diet

Fresh, healthy juices and smoothies are still great for you, but instead of replacing all your meals with them, incorporate one a day into your daily diet. You could have one for breakfast, as a mid-morning snack, before you hit the gym, or a fruity number for dessert after dinner.

As long as you make it in a juicer or blender using fresh ingredients and no added sugar, it’s a great addition to your everyday diet, full of vitamins and nutrients.

For recipe ideas, click here for Three delicious detox smoothies.

Detox your hair

There is little better than that really clean and fresh feeling just after you’ve washed your hair. However, our hectic lifestyles, bad weather and air pollution can wreak havoc with our hair, quickly leaving locks feeling dirty, greasy and limp.

Herbal Essences has created a new Daily Detox Collection, with a range of three shampoos and three conditioners that have been specifically created to gently cleanse the hair each day, restoring freshness and shine.

Each shampoo and conditioner in the range contains natural mint oil to invigorate your scalp and wake up your senses, and each variant is also infused with scents to make the daily experience a pleasure you will truly look forward to.

Choose from White Tea and Mint for shine, Crimson Orange and Mint for volume, and Golden Raspberry and Mint for cleansing.

Make this simple switch and your hair will feel shower-fresh all day, every day.

Take a digital detox

When we’re glued to our smartphones, computers and TVs, it can be hard to find the mental and physical space to give your mind a break.

The blue light emitted by smartphones can disrupt your sleep, leaving you tired the next day, so make sure you switch your phone off at least 20 minutes before you go to bed – and no checking your social media feeds before bed!

Digital devices can be addictive, so make sure you take some time every day to disconnect, whether it’s when you’re cooking, at the dinner table, in the bath, meditating or reading a book. Giving yourself a break from the constant overstimulation can allow you to think more clearly and creatively about what’s going on in your life. Trust us, your mind – and your family – will thank you.

Detox your skin

If you usually wear a lot of make-up, try paring it back. You could be surprised at how little you actually need.

Switch your heavy foundation for a moisturiser with a tint, such as Olay Total Effects CC Cream, which is light on the skin, has SPF coverage, and still offers good coverage. Dust some blusher on your cheekbones, use brown mascara instead of black for a more natural look, and finish with a slick of lip balm.

And of course, always do the daily detox of removing your make-up before bed, as well as cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin.

Mind and body

Exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body. Whether it’s taking out your stresses on a punch bag, running through your to do lists while you’re running around the park, or simply focusing your attentions on your breath for a yoga session, incorporating exercise into your daily routine is vital to a healthy lifestyle.

As well as developing an exercise routine that suits you, introduce some gentle stretches to do first thing in the morning. Use the chance to connect to your body, wake up and clear your mind ready for the day ahead.

Click here for our pick of the best stress-relief exercises.

Do you have any daily detox tips to share? We’d love to hear them – simply share in the comments section below.