Skin Care Spring Cleaning Tips
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.
Get glowing skin from within
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.
Dry brush your skin to boost circulation
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.
Break a sweat with yoga
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.
Skin care spring cleaning thoughts
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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There is confusion surrounding different types of alcohol. I think that when we think of alcohol, many of us picture a bottle of drugstore rubbing alcohol. It is very drying. There are several different types of alcohol that are used in formulating skin care products. Some of these are drying, while others are emollient. The difference lies in the molecular size of the alcohol molecule as well as the amount.
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Smooth lips are key for matte lipstick and lip stain application.
Red, bold berries, and purples can be unforgiving, especially when you have dry lips. Lips need to be primed and prepped before you apply lip color.
Picture the exterior of a house with paint that has chipped and peeled. If you hired a painter, would he just take out the paint and roll right over the shingles? No. The paint would not go on evenly and it would be bumpy and peel even more. The painter would scrape away the old paint, smooth the wood, make sure it is cleaned properly and prepped for painting. The canvas needs to be smooth for the paint to adhere and look its best. The same goes for your lips. If your lips are chapped or flaky and you apply lipstick, every imperfection show. The color will not properly adhere and your lips will not look good. You need to prepare the lip surface first.
Fragrance free is what you are looking for.
This means that no fragrances (artificial or otherwise) have been added to the product (or should mean that, watch for tougher regulations monitoring that coming). As we know, artificial fragrances are the #1 irritant on skin and one of the most potentially harmful ingredients we can encounter - because they contain phthalates -- see more information below.
They are linked to many health issues, from allergies and asthma to cancer. Simply put, these fragrances are making people sick. In its truest definition, "fragrance free," means you should not have to worry about those nasty synthetics. Nothing should be added to remove the natural scents from the butters, oils, and other natural ingredients in the products. In other words, you may smell some of the product’s ingredients such as the olive oil or shea butter.
Did you know?
Honestly, it can be confusing. Many people assume that unscented and fragrance free are interchangeable terms. This is wrong, however.