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Five Treatments You Need To Detox Your Skin

Summer vacation can be very bad for your health. With all the opportunities for indulgence and all the time to indulge, health care can quickly become an inconvenient afterthought, especially skin care. If you’re partying until 2 am at a nightclub, and then hanging around for the day party at the pool, chances are your not that concerned with makeup removal, and top that with the application of chemical sunscreens every two hours, and you’ve got a dermatological nightmare. Never fear, though, now that summer is over, your skin has plenty of time to recover, but it’s important that you help it do so properly. Here are some detoxifying treatments for your autumn skin rehab.

Three Month Brushing Routine
If you’ve been naughty this summer, it’s very likely that your skin is looking a little puffy in certain areas. Using a natural bristled brush on your body helps to boost circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system to release harmful toxins. Dry brushing can also improve muscle tone, help rid the skin of dead cells, and reduce cellulite and puffiness.

Dry brushing is most effective when done prior to a morning shower. Brush in a circular motion, in the direction of your heart. Begin brushing the soles of the feet, and work your way up the legs to your arms and hands. Continue on to your buttocks and up the length of your back and then down to the stomach, which should be brushed in an anti clockwise motion. Finish by rubbing in a detoxifying oil and letting it absorb into the skin five minutes before showering. Repeat the routine every day for a minimum of three months to get the full detoxifying effect.

Detoxifying Cleanser
After you’re done with your daily brushing, it’s time to move on to the detox cleanser. Look for a cleansing product that’s natural, pH balanced, and chemical free. Avoid foaming cleansers, coarse scrubs, and harsh soaps. Use a wash cloth to apply the product to clean the skin on the face and body when you bathe or shower.

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Detoxifying Bath
Soak in a detoxifying bath two or three times a week for 20-30 minutes to clear pollutant from your pores. Most detoxifying baths consist of an Epsom salt base with other ingredients mixed in. A detoxifying bath can be made by adding 1 cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and one cup of Epsom salt to a hot bath, or by blending a cup of baking soda and a cup of Epsom salt in a hot bath.

Use A Clay Mask
Natural clay masks, especially those made with montmorillonite clay, help to detoxify the skin by attracting the positive charges of impurities and pulling them to your skin’s surface. Apply a detoxifying clay mask once or twice a week to your face and body, and allow it to dry for 15 minutes before rinsing with a warm cloth.

Apply Products That Protect Against Pollutants and Skin Damage
Dermatologists suggest layering a serum which contains chelators under your daily SPF moisturizer. The chelator is ingredients that detoxify the buildup of pollutants on the skin and protect from further damage.

How are you detoxifying your skin this autumn? Let us know what your path to skin recovery looks like.

Planning A Post Holiday Detox

Does the holiday table remind you of morbid scenes when you ate without a care in the world? Relax, it’s nothing that a little post holiday detox can’t cure. If you were being a careless this holiday season, there are some ways you can redeem yourself in the New Year.

Woman eating surgery foods

Stop the Cycle
If you’ve seen “Seinfeld”, you may be familiar with the episode in which Elaine begins to get so used to eating birthday cake and her office, that she develops a midday craving for sugar. Although experts generally do not give credence to the notion of a sugar addiction, there is research that shows that sugar can have an effect on the part of the brain that responds alcohol and drugs.

Start by eliminating desserts with high sugar and fat content. After at least 3 days, they will taste much better. You will find yourself beginning to reestablish a taste for healthier fare.

Reprogram Your Tummy
While you were putting a healthy diet on the back burner, your stomach’s natural appetite control systems may have, well, lost control. Normally a full belly sends signals to your brain to let it know you’re full. However, overeating for prolonged time periods makes the receptors less sensitive.

You may think the solution relies in cutting down on the amount of food, but this will only send a signal to the brain that you are starving and need food immediately, which is why you sometimes become unexplainably hungry after a night of binging. A better solution is to eat healthy sized portions of high fiber, low calorie foods which will quiet the receptors and keep you feeling satisfied.

Women drinking cocktails

Cut Back on the Cocktails
The problem with sweet alcoholic drinks isn’t just sugar and fat. Alcohol itself has 7 calories per gram and the stomach and brain don’t recognize liquid calories in the same way they do solids. This makes it really easy to continue drinking without accounting for the extra calories.
Try drinking low calorie beverages as a substitute. Tea is always a healthy liquid alternative and is known to actually boost metabolism. You can also get fancy with your water by adding sliced lemons, limes, and even berries to a fresh pitcher.

Let us know all about what you got up to this holiday season and how you’re planning to atone for your sins!

Infused Water How-to

Detox water

Want a drink with refreshing, crisp, light flavor, several health benefits, no added sugar, and incredibly low calories, you really need to try infused water. The best way to think of infused water is like a cold-brewed tea, but with fresh fruit and herbs instead of tea leaves, and nothing dried or preserved. You make it by quite literally throwing chunks of fruit and herbs into cold water and letting the flavor seep out of the fresh ingredients into the water. This is generally done with some kind of infuser or filter that gives you clean, clear, tinted water mostly free from chunks and debris, but nonetheless infused with the “essence” of the fresh ingredients.

How Do You Do it?
You’ll want to procure an infuser specifically for this purpose; there are many ways to go, but most involve either a tank of water where you let the fruit and herbs foat about freely, with a filter on the nozzle to keep the water clean and clear, or a mesh infuser that you fill with the ingredients and immerse in the water, allowing the goodness to seep into the water while the chunks stay put and don’t float about. You can also find water bottled with an infuser core that allows you to toss in the fresh ingredients and let it infuse on the go, resulting in a tasty, nutritious bottle of goodness to sip while you’re out and about.

You generally want to let the water infuse for 1-2 hours at room temperature or 3-4 hours in the fridge for best results. After four hours, you’ll want to remove fruits from the water and refrigerate leftovers for up to three days.

What Are the Health Benefits?
Consider that you’re putting fresh fruit into infused water, and while you’re not getting certain benefits of eating fruits and veggies whole, like fiber content and consuming all the vitamins and minerals, not just some, infusions do create not only tasty, but vitamin-rich drinks. While supplements are useful and encouraged to make sure you get 100% daily value of all essential nutrients regardless of diet, consuming them in food and drink is generally best for maximum absorption, meaning infusions have an advantage over supplements in that regard.

Not to mention that infused water simply encourages you to drink more water. If you get tired of drinking plain water and have a hard time reminding yourself to do so consistently, infused water can help you get over that mental block with a low-calorie, no added sugar watery drink option.

Recipes 

Cucumber Lemon Cilantro Water (Makes Three quarts)

Ingredients:

  • Half a lemon
  • 6+ sprigs of cilantro
  • 2 inches of a cucumber

Directions:
Cut off the top of the lemon, cut both the lemon and cucumber into ¼ inch slices. Break the stems and bruise the leaves of cilantro, and layer everything in the infusion core of an infusion pitcher. Infuse for three hours in three quarts of cold water.

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Grapefruit Rosemary Water (Makes two 32 oz servings)

Ingredients:

  • One grapefruit
  • One sprig of rosemary (fresh is vastly preferable to dried)

Directions:
Cut off the ends of the grapefruit and remove the rind, then cut it into horizontal slices against the grain. Put all ingredients in one container and fill with 64 oz cold water, or split up this amount into multiple servings for friends or to save for later. Infuse for four hours.

Cucumber Jalapeño Mint Water (Makes one 32 oz serving)

Ingredients:

  • 3 inches of a cucumber, sliced
  • ½ of a jalapeño, de-seeded
  • 1 sprig of mint

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a container and cover with 32 oz cold water, and infuse for 4-24 hours in a refrigerator, the longer the infusion, the stronger the flavor.

Laminaria Japonica

Brown seaweed salad

Laminaria Japonica is a type of brown seaweed rich in a vast host of nutrients, minerals and with some truly amazing health benefits. The medicinal powers of seaweed have actually been used for centuries because of their known ability to extend life and even enhance health and beauty. Decades of research has shown that it is actually Laminaria Japonica, or brown seaweed, which is the most beneficial of all seaweed. Laminaria Japonica is high in organic iodine, alginates, fucoxanthin, laminarin, and fucoidan. It also possesses over 70 different minerals which many nutritionists have said are lacking in diets throughout the Western hemisphere.

Extracts from brown seaweed have astounded researchers as have not only they been able to cause cancer tumors to die, they also detoxify the body of chemical build up and even burn body fat.

Fucoidan and Cancer
Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide, also known as an ‘evaporated oligomineral’. Approximately 4% of the total dry weight of brown seaweed is composed of fucoidan which is the chemical responsible for the apoptosis (or death) of cancer cells. To date, there have been well over 600 studies that show that fucoidan is also responsible for a vast host of other positive benefits. These include: immune system improvement, intestinal disorders, allergy control, improved liver function, cholesterol regulation, blood pressure regulation, blood sugar regulation and its powerful anti-oxidant action promotes healthy hair and skin. The regular consumption of brown seaweed in many parts of Asia is often correlated with the significantly lower rates of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers amongst Asian women.

Fucoxanthin and Weight Loss
The fat burning properties of Laminaria Japonica are accredited to a compound called fucoxanthin. Alongside the iodine content of brown seaweed, when ingested, the compounds increase our body’s metabolic rate meaning you burn your more calories and you burn them faster. This prevents the accumulation of body fat. One study published in the journal ‘Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism’ involved 16 weeks of supplementation with a product containing fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil. The results saw that participants lost an average of 7.7 pounds over the period and additionally fat deposits in the liver decreased.

Alginates and Detoxification
Aliginic acid, also known as algin or alginate is an anionic polysaccharide that is found in the cell walls of brown algae. The alginate content of brown seaweed is known to detoxify the body of numerous unwanted and sometimes harmful chemicals such as strontium, uranium, mercury and lead. In day to day life, we are exposed to hundreds of toxins which over time can become embedded in our vital organs such as the heart, liver, or brain. The alginate content of Laminaria Japonica effectively eliminates these compounds from or bodies, helping us to stay disease free.

Supplementation
Although supplementing with brown seaweed or consuming it regularly is no doubt a great health choice to make, researchers have actually found that healthy participants who consumed 4 kelp capsules each day for a period of four weeks showed increased levels of thyroid stimulating hormones. Although we know that kelp is not the same as Laminaria Japonica – the compounds found within the two are very similar. In this way when consuming brown seaweed, remember to consume it regularly but always in moderation.

Ingredients to Detox Your Skin

The skin is your body’s largest organ. Some people feel that using skincare products to soothe, repair and heal your skin is merely vanity. However, this is really untrue. Your skin is a reflection of how you treat your body, not just a reflection of the products you choose. A healthy diet in conjunction with proper skin care can dramatically change the appearance of your skin. Just as you need to detox your inner organs every now and then, you need to detox your skin as well. Drinking detox water, eating foods that help remove toxins like cucumbers or lemon will definitely play a large role in the detox of your skin. To achieve maximum results, look for products with the following ingredients.

Salicylic acid chemical formula.

Salicylic Acid
This popular exfoliant and acne treatment is one that you may want to look for when you are trying to detoxify your skin and restore it to health. Salicylic acid goes beyond cleaning the surface of your skin, it penetrates the pores. Once inside the pore, salicylic acid clears away accumulated dead skin cells, dirt and any other debris. You can find salicylic acid in facial and body cleansers, toners and astringents, moisturizers and other treatment products.

Citrus fruits.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that contains tons of skin benefits. Damaged skin needs extra attention and ascorbic acid, the most commonly used form of vitamin C in skincare and beauty products, helps repair your skin. Vitamin C is an essential part of your body’s collagen production process. Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and firmness. In addition to collagen production, vitamin C helps your skin to naturally heal itself, which damaged skin requiring a detox, needs.

Chamomile flowers and tea.

Chamomile Extract
Chamomile is a common staple for soothing your body whether you drink chamomile tea for a sore throat or use a skincare product that contains chamomile extract to soothe your skin. Chamomile contains flavanoids, plant derivatives that have antioxidant properties, and with other ingredients, and increases blood flow to the skin. Additionally, chamomile acts as an anti-inflammatory providing relief to irritated, damaged skin.

Green tea.

Green Tea
There are tons of skincare products available that make use of the amazing antioxidant power of green tea. Not only can you use green tea contained in products, you can also brew your own green tea and use it directly on the skin. The tannic acid in green tea is antibacterial and when applied topically it helps to draw impurities from your skin.

Just as a body detox clears out toxins, so does a skin detox. The use of these ingredients helps to deeply cleanse your face and repair any damage that has been done. You don’t have to detox your skin all the time, but an easy way to do so is by using a detoxifying mask once a week. For even better skin detox results, pair your skin detox with a body detox. Mix a pitcher of your favorite detox water to clear toxins from the inside out.