Spring Clean Your Skin Care and Beauty Routine
Seed Body Care is sharing healthy tips for spring cleaning your beauty routine. Spring cleaning time is fast approaching. For some, that means that it’s time to clean out the garage. Just ask my husband, who spent 6 hours doing that on Saturday. Many of us spring clean by removing winter clothes from our closets in order to make room for our spring and summer clothes.
Just as you would spring clean your home, it makes sense to apply that same logic to your body. Flushing out toxins is essential to optimum health. While true "detox" in the body is controlled by kidneys and the liver, you can help things along! Your skin is your largest organ, so "spring cleaning" can greatly improve its appearance just in time for shorts, bare arms, and sandal season.
Here are a few of our favorite tips on Springtime Healthy Beauty
Drink your way to glowing skin
We all know that we need to eat our vegetables. It can be hard to eat all of the recommended servings per day, though. That’s why so many people are juicing and adding veggies to smoothies these days. You can get in almost all of your daily recommended servings in just one tall glass.
I for one am not a huge fan of leafy greens, but when I consume them, they aid weight loss and give me clearer, more radiant radiant skin.
Every morning, I have a smoothie. It helps me stay full, but it tastes good. I use unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, dates, and kale. Lots of kale.
Why kale? Personally, it is because I cannot taste it in a smoothies. Health-wise, this veggie is low in calories, yet packed with nutrients known to aid the detox process. Kale contains sulfur, Vitamins A, C, K, B6, potassium, copper and calcium -- all of which benefit the skin.
Do you like the taste of V8? I do. I also add any veggies I have in the fridge with a bit of cayenne, low sodium tomato juice, and pour over ice. I have this in the afternoon as a snack and it tastes delish -- plus it shows in my skin.
Dry brush your skin to for a healthy glow
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. Many believe that this helps 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. I have purchased mine at the grocery store in the past.
Try yoga to break a sweat
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. In face, right here on the (seed) blog, we recently talked about how beneficial yoga can be to your 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. Holistic practitioners believe that this may help to rid our bodies of excess toxins. Vinyasa yoga, though, is typically done in a heated studio of 85-90 degrees, making you sweat throughout the entire session. Sweating is good for the body! What? Yes. Sweating through physical activities such as yoga may improve your mood, says Dr. James Ting, a sports medicine physician at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, California:
"Research has suggested that temperature-sensitive neural circuits to specific regions in the brain exist and may play a significant role in controlling mood."
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 or harmful toxins.
Spring clean your products
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 up to 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 body wash or lip gloss shade that we adore, but if they happen to contain toxic chemicals, you can always find healthier replacements. Thankfully, there are many healthy alternatives to harmful beauty products these days!
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