Seasonal Skin Detox

We are slowly sliding into the autumn of 2011, the leaves are changing and haunted houses are springing up all over. I always like to start a new season with a good detox–inside and out. Detoxing is a great way to flush out the junk floating around in there. (This is ALSO a great time to do your lemon and cayenne pepper cleanse, just FYI.) But don’t worry, you don’t have to starve yourself for a week to get fresh, clear skin!

1. WATER WATER…and then…chase it with some WATER. Water is your body’s masked avenger. And not this purple water, or the junk with the Splenda–straight up water!

2. Start your day with some blackberry juices. Just one lil glass. (I will have to make room, I usually kick it off with some Metamucil. I’m not kidding.) Antioxidants are a good deal, things like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, pears, cherries, pomegranates and plums make a great morning cocktail.

3. Exercise: Sweating is a great way to push out toxins. If you can get at least 30 minutes in, you’re doing the work for your skin. That means 30 min of Spin Class or 30 min of Wii Basketball–however you get it done.

4. Weekly Detox Bath: The recipe is hot water and 1 cup baking soda (to neutralize), 1 cup Epsom salts (to pull out fluids/toxins from the skin), 5 drops lavender essential oil (lavender is a gentle antiseptic), 5 drops chamomile essential oil (this works as an anti-inflammatory and antifungal soak) and 5 drops lemongrass essential oil (skin revitalizer, but you can skip it if your skin is ultra sensitive.)

5. Dry Skin Brushing…is a great idea. It aids in an all over exfoliation. Your skin is your body’s largest organ. When you go over it with a dry brush, you are increasing circulation and you are also brushing away the top layer of dead skin. I have keratosis pilaris on my arms, it gets bad in the winter. I think this dry brushing has worked wonders on it! Also, if you are a proponent of tight clothing like skinny jeans–fashions like these can clog pores.

6. Skin Tea, Recipe. Don’t worry, you’re not drinking skin–gross, right? This is the recipe for a tea to aid those with inflamed acne and rosacea, as well as eczema and psoriasis. (It is also recommended for burn victims, so it sounds pretty official.)

Skin Tea Recipe:

1 1/2 parts dried nettle

1 part dried calendula flowers

1 part dried red clover flowers

1/2 part dried symphytum leaf

1/2 part dried lavender buds. (You should be able to find these dried flowers and leaves at health food stores.)

Boil 1 quart of water, remove pot from heat and add in about four to five teaspoons of the mixture. Then, steep for half an hour and strain. I wish I remember where I found this recipe…

 

Well, start here–detoxing is always a process. Be aware of your limitations! This stuff can impact people in different ways. If you see that your skin is red or broken, stop!

 

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