Spring cleaning time is fast approaching. In fact, TODAY is officially the first day of spring! For some, that means that it’s time to clean out the garage. Many of us spring clean by removing winter clothes from our closets in order to make room for our new clothes.
Just as you would spring clean your home, it makes sense to apply that same logic to your body and its organs. Flushing out the junk is essential to optimum health. Your skin is your largest organ, so a deep cleanse, or what many call a detox, can greatly improve its appearance just in time for shorts, bare arms, and sandal season.
We can’t wait to share our favorite tips on cleansing your body for spring.
Can you drink your way to glowing skin? If you want your skin to glow, pay close attention to your body's level of hydration. Coffee and alcohol are diuretics and can lead to dehydration. Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, and other healthy beverages. Not a fan of plain water? We recommend adding cucumber slices, lemons, limes or berries to the pitcher to infuse it with a refreshing drink.
The practice of dry brushing has been around for hundreds of years. If you can spend just a few minutes each day — twice a day — dry brushing your skin, you’ll notice a difference after a couple weeks. Not only does this boost circulation, but it stimulates lymphatic drainage. This is believed to help rid toxins from the body, making the skin appear brighter and with improved clarity.
Dry brushing is easy. Experts caution to avoid brushing over the heart and recommend moving from your feet on upwards in long, circular motions. It’s important to keep your brush dry, so it’s a good idea to brush your skin before stepping in the shower or bath.
Dry brushing is something you can do on your own with a wooden skin brush, purchased at any body care shop or pharmacy.
Exercise is essential to overall health. Breaking a sweat isn’t just good for your muscles — it’s also key to cleansing. You don’t have to run a marathon or spend hours at the gym each day, though. Yoga may be the ideal exercise to promote glowing skin.
Yoga? Seriously? We tend to think of yoga as a relaxing, meditative practice. Vinyasa flow yoga is a fast-paced form of yoga ideal for cleansing. Anecdotal evidence suggests that certain poses help improve liver health, which is essential for detox. One of the more popular yoga poses, downward dog, is believed to help with lymphatic drainage. This helps to rid our bodies of toxins. Vinyasa yoga can be done in a heated studio of 85-90 degrees, making you sweat throughout the entire session. Sweating is believed by many to help your body eliminate toxins, which may the cleansing process.
Not only will you reap the benefits of self-reflection during your yoga class, you’ll also get in a solid workout while you rid your body of harmful toxins.
Just about everybody spends a weekend spring cleaning. When you have a chance, head to the bathroom and gather up all of your beauty and skin care products. Now is the perfect time to do some label reading. What do you see?
Many experts believe that 60% of what you apply to your skin is ultimately absorbed into your bloodstream. Look closely at your labels and if you see harmful ingredients in any of your products such as parabens, artificial colors, sulfates or petrochemicals, you may want to toss them out. Breaking up with your favorite products can be hard. We all have had a favorite shampoo or lipstick that we adore, but if they happen to contain questionable ingredients you can always find healthier replacements. We are happy to help you make the switch.
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, occasional anxiety is normal. Don't we all feel anxious in December? Children often feel anxious at the beginning of the new school year or the night before a big test. It's normal. I think any one of us can relate to that feeling.
But, then there are times when anxiety is more than a fleeting feeling. We're friends here. I've been sharing with you here on the Seed blog for several years. I've talked about everything from acne break outs to thoughts on skin aging. I think sometimes that it is therapeutic to write things down. If anything, I hope that sharing can help others.
Do you struggle with getting a good night's sleep? You may need to improve your sleep hygiene.
Sleep hygiene? Is that even real? Yes, it's a real thing! The National Sleep Foundation defines sleep hygiene as "a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness."
So, just what are some of these better practices and habits?
We wanted to create an easy guide that is basic for those of you who feel intimidated by the wide range of products on store shelves. I have been in the skin care industry for more than half my life. It is my job to know the ins and outs of products - but it should be easy for everyone else who is NOT in the skin care field.