Skin obsessed? Yeah, that’s me but I prefer skin aware…anyhoo. Skin is the largest organ of the body and often the most abused. Whats to blame? The common culprits are usually tanning, environmental pollution, and carcinogenic laden products. I speak for myself when I say I am as pasty as they come plus I live in Florida. It is an understatement to say I’m out of my element. After watching my mother endure skin cancer I promised that I would avoid that same fate! I go to great lengths to make sure my skin stays healthy and glowing but the tips I’m about to drop on you may require some lifestyle changes either through diet or ditch certain products to truly keep your skin safe. Self-care is more than a routine, it’s a lifestyle. The more enlightened you are about the effects of chemical bullshit on your skin the more likely you are going to be to make the shifts necessary to fully defend your skin from environmental and product containing carcinogens! I HIGHLY recommend you research your lotions and skincare products! The European Union has banned 1300 ingredients linked to cancer and the U.S has only banned 30…it’s a bummer, I know. This is definitely a country that prides profits over public safety, a moment of silence for my respect. We can’t rely on or trust our government to do whats necessary to keep the population safe. Instead, we need to shift the change through the use of that almighty dollar by only supporting brands that give a damn! Brands will catch on and change their ways ( if they’re smart).
SIGNS YOU NEED TO DETOX
- Skin is Dry and Rough
- Skin is Oily and Splotchy
- Skin is Dull and Lackluster
- Skintone is Uneven
- Loss of Skin Elasticity and Fullness
- Drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to keep your skin plump and healthy!
NATURAL ACID PEEL
- Take the skins of either a Papaya or Cucumber and rub them against your skin. Fruit sugars contain a magical little friend called Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a gentle form of cellular exfoliation for the top layer of the skin. When AHA’s remove the top layer of skin this sends signals to the brain to bump up the production of cellular renewal. This jumpstart of our skins renewal process helps fight signs of damage such as wrinkles and age spots.
- First, grab a pot and fill it with purified water! Allow the water to boil and grab a damp towel. This towel will need to be large enough to cover the pot and your face. Once the water is boiling add some pure holistic citrus essential oils. If you don’t have any citrus essential oils you can scrap it for the actual thing, feel free to sub the citrus essential oils for citrus fruit peels! Now grab the towel and put it over your head and hover your head over the pot, use the towel to cover the pot to trap the steam. Hover over the steam for 5-10 minutes and then press your face with a cool damp cloth. The steam helps opens your pores to allow the citrus to enter and give you a vitamin C boost while the cold cloth will close the pores and trap all the goodness within.
MUD BODY MASK
- Body masks are an excellent way to repair and rebalance the skin and more importantly, they are soooooo simple! I am a big fan of Kaolin clay and you can easily purchase this from Amazon! Kaolin Clay is amazing for detox and pore minimizing since it draws out impurities. Due to its texture Kaolin clay is also beneficial for exfoliation! You can also customize your body mask with essential oils, I would suggest lavender essential oil to soothe skin, frankincense essential oil to treat acne, and citrus essential for glowing bright skin!
- Green tea is my preferred tea of choice, the caffeine perks up the skin and helps counteract cellulite while the vitamin B released from the tea helps smooths the skin! Alongside this, green tea is also packed with free radical antioxidants that aid in repairing sun damaged skin and skin cancer. I would suggest adding 8-10 tea bags depending on the size of the bathtub. To really up the ante add some coconut oil to hydrate, apple cider vinegar to balance the skins PH or rose petals which are rich in vitamin C to help boost the body’s natural collagen process.
- One of the most effective ways to address acne is to sweat! When you sweat your pores are open and the buildup is released. Debris and dead skin cells that would normally clog pores are washed away. Plus when you sweat blood flow is increased which feeds the skin and removes wastes from the dermis. So whether you’re in the sauna or taking a hot yoga class I would recommend following up with a mud mask and tea bath for the ultimate skin TLC.
- Dry brushing is an excellent option to exfoliate and detox the skin. Dry brushing should be done with a natural fiber bristled brush and moved across the skin in circular motions. This circular motion helps stimulate the lymph nodes ( that reside within the dermis of the skin ) this stimulation supports the natural drainage of the lymph nodes and therefore detoxifies the skin. The circular motion also helps loosen or remove dead skin cells, which bumps up the cell renewal process!