With Fall and then the holidays just around the corner, taking care of our health and skin is just as important as ever. While the sun may not be as much of a concern in the Fall and winter months, our skin comes in contact with environmental toxins on a daily basis that can damage skin and speed up the aging process. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help detoxify and protect your skin to help keep it clean and healthy year-round:
Work it Out
Working out isn’t only good for your body and mind (we’ll take all the endorphins please!), but it can actually help detox your skin! Sweating can help open up and unclog pores and cleanse impurities from your body. To really get your sweat on, you may also want to try stepping into a sauna a few days a week.
Green tea and other herbal teas have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe skin from the inside out. Some teas can even help reduce cortisol to improve stress levels. Stress can be a major contributor to acne breakouts, so pour yourself a nice cup of hot herbal tea sooner rather than later. Green tea and chamomile have great benefits for inflamed skin, but we also recommend giving Yogi Tea’s Soothing Rose Hibiscus Tea a try. This herbal tea combines a mixture of several herbs to help detox skin.
Protect Your Skin
Everyday pollutants from the environment seep into your pores causing irritation and inflammation. Over time, pollution can even lead the the depletion of collagen and elasticity in the skin. Try our detox facial bar, which is gentle enough to use twice daily. Follow up with our marine restoring serum and day cream to protect against pollutants throughout the day. To detox the rest of your skin, try one of our Detox Body Washes made with mineral-rich French clay helps to purify skin and wash away toxins and impurities.
Whenever possible, limit your intake of sugar and inflammatory foods. We know this is easier said than done, but the benefits can be huge! Sugar spikes your levels of insulin and increases levels of uric acid that cause inflammation. Other foods that cause inflammation include: artificial trans-fats, refined carbohydrates, seed and vegetable oils, processed meat and excessive alcohol. You may notice a huge difference in your skin and your energy levels by cutting back on these items. Focus on healthy, immune-boosting fruits and vegetables and lean proteins.
Use a dry brush on your skin or an exfoliating scrub like our detox scrub, made with walnut shells to gently remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating or using a dry brush regularly can help stimulate blood circulation and the lymphatic system. Stimulating the lymphatic system helps reduce inflammation. Bonus: it may also help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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