rejuvenate your skin at home

the skin is the largest organ in the body, but is often overlooked when people start the process of detoxification or getting in shape. part of the integumentary system, the skin, among its other functions, excretes waste material through the pores. as part of a regular skin care regimen, or even as part of an occasional detox routine, there are several things you can do to keep the skin healthy and aid it in this process.

don’t forget to brush your skin!

yes, it sounds funny, but dry brushing the skin is a quick way to exfoliate and increase circulation. skin brushing is also excellent for movement of lymph. skin brushes are typically flat with a handle or hand strap, and made with soft, natural bristles. before stepping into the shower or bath, start brushing the skin in light upward strokes (always moving toward the heart), and with small circles around the stomach, breasts, and at the joints.

try an epsom salt bath

epsom salt is rich in magnesium and sulfate, both of which are poorly absorbed by the stomach, but easily absorbed by the skin. research suggests several benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels, including improved circulatory health, reduced stress, and flushed wastes from the cells, easing sore muscles. put 2 cups in a warm bath, and soak for at least 15 minutes, rinsing afterwards. for an added benefit, try adding a few drops of lavender or jasmine essential oil to the bath.

make your own shower scrub

an easy recipe: 1/2 cup of sea salt mixed with a little bit of oil (try sesame, almond, or olive oil). salt can be replaced with sugar in this recipe, making the scrub more emollient rather than detoxifying. you can also add a little bit of honey, jojoba oil, or vitamin e for added benefits.

feed your skin

oil is good for your skin.

yes you read that right.

we are told so often and sold products that convince us that oil + our skin is a bad thing, that the very idea of applying more is sure to send some of you shaking your heads. but try this: before a shower in the morning (and after dry brushing!) rub a small amount of an oil of your choice (sesame is great) into your skin. ALL over. and just stand in the warm shower for a few minutes….not scrubbing, just standing. let your skin soak it up…then get out, and pat (not rub) dry with a towel. you should feel amazing.

you deserve it.

ps–please be careful any time you bring oil into the shower. afterwards the shower with become very slick.

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