Summer Detox: A mini guide
With summer in full swing and following a long weekend filled with celebrations, BBQs and sun filled days, your skin and body may be in the need for some TLC. We put together a guide to treat yourself to a mini detox - whether you have a week or just a spare minute or two, these tips will reset your skin and have you looking refreshed in no time!
Longer summer days can lead to a buildup of make-up, sunscreen and other pollutants on your skin. A great way of combating this is the practice known as “double cleansing” used to deeply cleanse and eliminate impurities. This nightly ritual (first practiced in Korea) involves smoothing an oil based formula onto dry skin, circling over the face and eyes for about a minute before removing it with a warm cloth. Next, apply a gel based or milk cleanser, smooth it on your skin and rinse for a perfectly fresh face before bed.
We can’t say enough great things about this oil based cleanser from Aster & Bay. Made up of castor and sesame oil to detoxify, tone and heal and macadamia oil to add extra hydration.
Take a break from foaming cleansers with synthetic ingredients that can irritate the skin.
HUNT DOWN ANTIOXIDANTS
Vitamin C, vitamin E and resveratrol are all ingredients that limit the production of free radicals and help cells eliminate toxins. We prefer an antioxidant serum that you can apply in the morning and evening under your usual moisturizer.
We like Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence. Hyaluronic acid is an effective and lightweight moisturizer for all skin types, even oily skin.
Many hyaluronic acids used in formulas are from animal byproducts but this one is from the fermentation of yams and comes from a laboratory in the Czech Republic.
This is a great time to put your daily exfoliating serum or acid-based cream to the side and give your skin a much needed break. Micro-beads from exfoliates tend to damage the surface barrier of the skin. A gentle enzyme cleanser used every few days will do the same job without causing as much irritation.
We like Dandelion Face Grains by Aster & Bay for its anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties. You can also mix it with kitchen staples (such as aloe vera juice, plain yogurt or milk) and whip up a DIY mask.
For the body we swear by this coco rose body polish by Herbivore Botanicals. This super indulgent polish leaves your skin soft and hydrated with a light scent of coconut and rose petals. It’s also gently enough for regular use.
Exfoliants with micro-beads. Not only does it irritate your skin but it contains plastic that does not break down and causes pollution.
What better way to refresh your body than a nice relaxing bath at the end of the day. Fill your bathtub with hot water as sweating helps with circulation and lymph drainage to get the toxins out of your body. Then add two cups of Epsom salt and a cup of baking soda. The Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate, which absorbs through the skin and can help with the detoxification process, while the baking soda refreshes and softens your dry skin. Soak for 30 minutes and follow by massaging your body with a loofah sponge.
Try epsom salt with baking soda. If you prefer something more therapeutic, we like these bathing salts by Aster & Bay.
Anything with synthetic fragrance which are normally used to cover the chemical based scent in most conventional products.
EASE UP ON MAKEUP
Summer is the prefect time to give your skin a break and go bare faced. If you don't feel comfortable going completely make up free, keep it light by only covering what's needed. Steer clear of artificial colours and replace them with natural mineral pigments that will treat whilst enhancing.
Heavy based foundations.
BREAK A SWEAT REGULARLY
Of course, it wouldn’t be a detox guide without incorporating some physical exercise. Movement is the best way to activate blood circulation which helps to remove toxins through the lungs and sweat. 30 minutes a day will have you glowing in no time!
We love practicing Barre 3 workouts.
Quench your thirst and add hydration by relying on detox waters.
Water + Lemon + Thyme - to clean the liver
Water + Strawberry + Basil - to add antioxidants
Water + Blood Orange + Carrot - to prepare your skin for sun exposure
EAT A RICH DIET
There is no better way to recover from an indulgent weekend than with a week of healthy eating. Stick to nutrient rich foods - think vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
We love this vanilla bean matcha latte recipe from Oh She Glows as a replacement to our morning coffee. We prefer to make it hot but the iced version is also a great summer alternative!
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