4 Non-Juice Cleanses and Detoxes to Try
From juice cleanses to detox diets, the food and nutrition world is full of ways to "reset" your eating habits. Some of them are healthy (like The Clean Green Food & Drink Cleanse), some, not so much (see Ask the Diet Doctor: The Real Deal on Detox and Cleanse Diets). Others seem pretty darn crazy (an all-ice cream diet is one of 3 Crazy Cleanses). But what about cleansing the rest of your world? Hit the reset button on your love life, finances, and more by trying one of these juice-free "cleanses."
A Dating Detox
If you find yourself in a dating rut or repeating the same unsatisfying situations over and over again, it might be time for a dating detox, says sex therapist Tiffanie Davis Henry, Ph.D. She advises taking a month or more to focus on being your best self, pampering yourself (take yourself on a date!), and thinking about what you truly need in a relationship. "Really think about what has and hasn't worked in past relationships," she says. "And commit to not repeating bad patterns when you return to dating."
A Financial Cleanse
The holidays can take an axe to your savings, making the new year a perfect time to double down on your finances. The first step to getting a handle on your money is going face to face with your budget, says financial expert Nicole Lapin, author of Rich Bitch. Next, figure out how to divert money from your income each month into a savings plan. Then make your money grow! You can sign up for a free investment account at etrade.com and use the site's tools to help you choose stocks. "When you don't put money into an investment account you lose it, thanks to inflation," says Lapin. Saddled with credit card debt? She suggests using the early part of the year to really focus on paying down debt; the longer you wait to pay off those Christmas gifts, the more they'll end up costing you in the long run.
A Digital Detox
Do you check your smartphone first thing in the morning? Then again right before bed? Compulsively throughout the day? Yeah, we're guilty too. Tech addiction is a real thing, but you can take a break without going cold turkey with our 8 Steps for Doing a Digital Detox Without FOMO. As a first step, simply turn your phone to airplane mode during workouts. Work your way up to taking a full day off at a time, with backup systems in place so you don't have to worry about missing an urgent call.
A Makeup Vacation
Most women leave makeup on for 12 hours or more at a time, which can clog pores and lead to breakouts, says Mount Sinai Hospital dermatology professor Joshua Zeichner, M.D. "Giving your skin a vacation from makeup can let it breathe and reset." But Zeichner is a realist: Since some women won't feel comfortable going completely barefaced, he recommends at least switching to a tinted moisturizer or BB cream once in a while. And when you're skipping (or cutting back on) cosmetics, get an extra boost by remembering to use an antioxidant-rich product in the morning, which will help battle inflammation caused by the sun and pollution (and don't forget the sunscreen!).