Natural Beauty – Morning Detox Routine

UPDATE: Nov 1st 2015. I’ve put everything I know about simple, healthy natural skincare into a BRAND NEW three-week online workshop called:

“SIMPLIFY Skin: Natural, effortless, whole food skincare”

You’ll learn to toss out the toxins, and surround yourself with beautiful skincare that you confidently make yourself!

Check it out here: littlegreendot.com/simplify-skin


This week I taught a workshop on how to Detoxify Your Skin. It’s always fun – we show you tons of recipes to make your own natural skincare – but one of my favorite beauty recipes is actually not something that you put onto your skin, but rather into your body!  It’s a routine that I love doing and I really want to encourage you to join me! It’s going to help you detoxify your body and glow!

21 Day Morning Detox Routine

Here’s what you do: Right when you wake up, before you eat anything – drink a big glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon. There are a lot of health reasons why, but I’m most excited about the change of perspective that this routine offers.

Here’s the thing: when it comes to our culture of beauty, think about how many products we use on our skin everyday. The average consumer uses – are you ready for this: 16! If you start to count, there’s your lotion, every bit of make-up, night-cream, eye cream, wrinkle cream, face wash, toner… the list goes on.

We use all of these beauty products, exposing our skin to so many different chemicals and the really irritating part is that  a lot of them don’t even work. If you really want to look your best – it’s about changing your perspective, from focusing on achieving “beauty” to achieving health. Instead of looking to products to solve your beauty concerns, look at healthy foods, which can really can improve your skin at a cellular level!

When you start doing this morning detox routine, you feel and see results – a lot of your skin concerns may clear up and you’ll realize that you never needed all the products and creams! When you feed your body what it needs and help it to detoxify, you’ll see:

  • reduction in eye circles
  • clearer skin
  • glowing skin
  • anti-ageing effects
  • increased energy
  • weight control

Morning Detox Lemon Water

So that’s where the water and lemons help! Hydrated skin is supple, less prone to wrinkling and flushes your body of toxins. I’m convinced that a lot of people looking for anti-aging creams are actually just dehydrated! With the lemons, you’re going to get an extra boost of Vitamin C which helps to build collagen and keep your skin taut and firm! It also helps to boost your digestion and metabolism, to help you burn calories through out the day. Tell me, what product can promise all that! So stay out of the beauty aisles, save your money, and use it for something really useful!

Are you ready to try it? Here’s what you do:

Morning Detox Routine:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2-4 cups of warm water

Directions:

  • squeeze the lemon into your warm water
  • drink this first thing in the morning, before breakfast, then eat as normal. Though, you may find that by starting your day with this healthy intention, it really changes the way you think about what kind of foods you want to eat the rest of the day!
  • If your mornings are rushed, just drink your lemon water as you get dressed.
  • do this every single morning for 21 days, then report back and tell us what changes you’ve noticed!

p.s. set yourself up for success! This routine is easy, but you need to set your mind to creating a healthy habit…

  • Go to the store today and buy 4 lemons, so you’re set for the week.
  • To help you track and keep your habits, I love the app Coach.me – it has a really fun swiping motion to check off your list of goals as you tackle them throughout the day. Plus you can invite friends to cheer you on and keep you accountable to achieving the things that you want for yourself.

Go get those lemons, and join me tomorrow morning for the 21 Day Morning Detox Routine!

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UPDATE: Nov 1st 2015. I’ve put everything I know about simple, healthy natural skincare into a BRAND NEW three-week online workshop called:

“SIMPLIFY Skin: Natural, effortless, whole food skincare”

You’ll learn to toss out the toxins, and surround yourself with beautiful skincare that you confidently make yourself!

Check it out here: littlegreendot.com/simplify-skin

239 Comments

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    • Hi Shirley,

      You’re such a fighter – what an inspiration! Keep up the great work, feeding yourself well and feeling good! I think the way we start our day, really sets the tone for how we feel and I’m happy you found inspiration here for a “fresh start”

      As with everything, consult your doctor – and let us know how you get on! :)

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  • Hi, i’ve seen many different articles and some suggested warm water with lemon in the morning while some suggested cold water? Which do you think is better? Thanks :)

    • Hi Valere,

      Room temperature or warm water is meant to be easier on the body… but where I live it’s really hot, so often I enjoy this drink cold.

      • The warm water helps with easier bowel movements. When I worked in the kitchen at a nursing home, we would give the clients warm water per their request, as it helps like a lube for the colon. I thought I’d try it, and it did help, having a glass of warm water with each meal. But, I have also used real lemon juice in my warm water cause I know it helps detox. But I didn’t know it helped clear the skin. So, I guess I will be using it every day. T

    • I can not drink warm water so is it ok that I drink it cold? I got my daughter who is 4 loves lemon water!!

  • I love this detox!!! It hydrates my body and my skin looks great!!! I’ve never had such glowing skin!! Also, I’m prone to getting uti’s and this has eliminated any issues I was having! Sometimes during the day I put lemon, lime, cucumber and a couple mint leaves in my water. It’s super refreshing on a hot day! :)

    • Hi Katie! If the essential oil is for consumption – you can try that. But it’s so important to know exactly the right proportions of oil to water. For those who are not sure – stick with the whole fruit!

    • You can, but those bottles all contain preservatives. Fresh lemons will last ages in a cool dark place, so I recommend you use the real thing where possible!

  • I love this idea, but I’m not crazy about lemon. Since it’s mainly about getting the vitamin C, do you think I could substitute in oranges for the lemons?

    • Hi Lindzi! What ever helps you to start the healthy habit – I say go for it! Lemon has less sugar – it’s more ideal, but you do what helps you get started!

  • I have used fresh lemons in water myself. I even order it with meals at restaurants. And there
    s times I used warm water, which helps ease bowel movements. And I also use another detox drink, that is yummy. I take 2 bags peach tea, 2 C. water, 1 tsp. ginger, 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar and 1/2 C. sugar (or to your taste). Heat up water with tea bags & ginger & sugar til ginger & sugar are dissolved. Add apple cider vinegar and allow to simmer for 5 min. Take a half gallon container and fill half way with ice, then add tea mixture. Stir to melt ice and add more cold water to fill container. Drink 1 8 oz. glass 3 times a day.

  • Can I add cinnamon & raw honey to this for additional health benefits or will it take away the detoxification benefit itself?

    • Hi Lynn! This is more of a morning flush – it’s best to keep it simple, just water and lemon. But that sounds lovely and you should def. drink that in the day too! :)

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  • I have been doing 8oz of warm water with a whole lemon squeezed into it. Is this not enough water and too much lemon? Isn’t 2-4 cups a lot of water to 1/2 a lemon?

    • Hi Jen! Drinking 8oz with a whole lemon – that’s awesome and I’m sure you’re feeling great for it! I think that it’s best to do what works for you, to keep it sustainable for you – I fill a big container and carry it with me throughout the morning, drinking as I get ready and before I eat. Half a lemon works for my taste and budget – but if you prefer a full lemon that’s perfectly fine. Some people can be a bit sensitive to too much fruit acid, but again – it’s what works for you that matters! :) Keep it up!

  • Is it a small lemon or a large lemon?
    I bought 3 large lemons the other day, squeezed them, and put them in an ice tray in the freezer. This way, I know they will get used before they spoil! :)

  • I start each day with fresh lemon water. Thank you for raising awareness of this healthy practice. Love your blog. I am sharing and pinning this! I also subscribed and followed you on social media to stay in touch. All the best, Deborah

  • Does warm water mean heated up a bit? I drink bottled water at room temperature. I rarely refrigerate it. Is this ok, or does it actually need to be warmed? Thanks.

  • Can I use the green limes?

    I was doing ACV, lime & raw honey for 4 months. Everyday as I read drinking this mix is good for your health … But I noticed that I lost muscle. Did I overdid it? How often you do this detox? I stopped drinking it for a week …

    Thank you

  • I absolutely LOVE the morning detox routine. I’ve been doing it for a lot longer than three weeks, and I didn’t originally find it from this post. Either way, it does such great things for my metabolism & appetite in the morning, along with a boost in my skin health! I’m only 21 but I plan to do this for the rest of my life. Sometimes the acid from the lemons can be a bit rough on your teeth, so sometimes I add a little extra water and reduce the amount of lemon. I highly recommend this routine to anyone looking to improve their health! (also, organic lemons are the BEST)

    • Hi lg,

      thanks for sharing – so smart to start young! Good for you! It took me much longer to work this all out, but at any age I think it’s such a simple way to make such a big difference :)

  • I drink the juice of one lemon and 1 tablespoon of Bragg’s Organic apple cider vinager with warm water first thing every morning.

  • Hello….. I have to take synthroid first thing in the morning upon waking…. With plain water for the first hour. Will the lemon interfere with that?
    Thank You

    • Hi Jackie! Fantastic! For sure – I believe that healthy morning and night-time routines really help to keep you feeling your best throughout the day. The discipline keeps your mind focused – so that you can continue making those better choices that make you feel your best.

      Keep it up! :)

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  • I have read where you can use lemon essential oil as well in place of real lemon. Do you agree with this and how much would you use of the lemon oil?

    • Hi Karen,

      You’d have to be super aware of the brand and that it’s food grade oil. To be honest, I feel safest with dosage etc. using real lemons. :)

    • Room temperature is great! Really, what ever is easiest and tastiest for you ;) Cold is not meant to be as good – only becuase it takes time for our body to process – but I think even cold is better than nothing

  • I started drinking warm water with lemon ten days ago and my skin got worse. Several bones appeared. It is normal that happen? Should I stop drinking?

  • This sounds like an easy way to clean my body from the toxins! I do not like to start the day with coffee anyway so it won’t be difficult for me to drink a cup of hot water with lemon. Thanks a lot for sharing! Regards! Downham Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  • Coming across your site couldn’t of come at a better time! I have been feeling so blah and sluggish lately and know that I need to make a healthier change in my daily routine. What a great way to jump start my morning! I also can’t wait to try your green smoothie drink with the avocado.

  • This sounds great and exactly what I need. I’ve been trying to eat better and I do good during the day but it’s the evening time that’s hardest for me not to snack around. So I’m hoping this may be another little boost for me. I was wondering if it would be too much to drink this all day? Also would it be OK yo add a little stevia to sweeten it just a bit since stevia is a natural sweetener and not artificial…

    • Hi Karen, here is her response to this same question previously……

      “It’s best not to. They often contain preservatives and other ingredients and we want to keep it simple on our body to detox.”

  • Hi Militza…can I use calamansi fruit instead of lemon? coz I have so many calamansi plant in our backyard…thank you…

    • Hi Martha – the reason for warm is that it’s easier on the body, but that said – if you prefer cold – do what will work best for you!! It’s still going to be a great benefit!! :)

  • Hello!
    Today was my first day drinking warm water + lemon. I drank only 1 cup of warm water with less than a half lemon, because I am not used to it. I have some problems with my stomach and going to the toilet, also with weight. I hope it will help a little. If not then still will be fine. It’s healthy. :))
    I will comment back after 21 days and share the results.

  • Hi..I am from Southeast Asia and to my town lemon or lime are not available can I use the Calamansi instead as a substitute for the lemon.I really wanted to try this detox but the city is quite far from my town..
    any recommendation? thanks God Bless

  • Did you know about calamansi?? We don’t have lemons that’s why i used calamansi it’s also a part of the citrus fruits.. popular in Asian countries.. it’s a small green fruit but it has a vitamins likes lemons etc. Please give some advice. Because i want to lose weight.

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