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I don't know about you...but I have Spring Cleaning fever! I have been rummaging through my basement, and closets looking for things to purge and clean. In the process, I end up spending more time reminiscing over old cards, photos and shoes than I do actually cleaning, but the end result feels the same. Tidy, organized satisfaction.
I also notice every Spring, my skin goes through a crazy cell sloughing/break-out cycle, that always ends with me at my favorite spa for a series of facials to keep my sanity. I figured that I am not the only one who goes through this, so I decided to share my tips for keeping my skin healthy and clear through the change of the seasons.
1. Drink lots of water. Water plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to (more or less) get filled in. What’s more, a variety of structures in the skin that support collagen need water to work effectively. Also, when skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.
2. Use Clean Cosmetics. This is a no brainer. ;) Using products that are toxin-free, and contain skin loving ingredients like Elate Cosmetics keep your skin clean and clear.
3. Probiotcs. Not just for your guts! Your GI tract and skin are both organs for detoxing. We need healthy bacteria in the gut to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate toxins. When our gut flora is not healthy, and there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria, a lot of problems can arise; including chronic inflammation, which can cause acne and other skin problems. So, if you are looking to clear up your skin, start with your gut to boost your levels of good bacteria. You can take a probiotic supplement, and you can also eat foods like miso, tempeh, kimchi, sauerkraut, and Kefir.
5. My home detox mask, once a week:
Mix two tablespoons of clay, (I like kaolin or bentonite, both are great for detoxing), and a teaspoon of dry coffee grounds. Add up to a teaspoon and a half of apple cider vinegar, depending on how sensitive your skin is. If your skin is super reactive, use less. Mix until the ingredients combine into a paste. (I also add a drop or two of Helichrysum essential oil) Spread the concoction all over your face using your fingers and let dry. Use a soft cloth to rinse the mask off with warm water.
You’ll get the deep-cleansing, toxin-absorbing properties of the clay, the anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties of the coffee grounds, and the pH-balancing effects of the apple cider vinegar.
Take your Spring Cleaning to the next level.