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A snaffle too many choccies. A morsel too much of stilton. And a trifle too much of… well trifle! For many of us, the merriment of the festive season can lead to holiday habits of overeating, excess sugar, alcohol and less sleep that can hamper the body’s natural ability to detoxify. Leaving our skin looking duller than usual.
But, no fear, if you’re feeling the need to give your body a boost so that you can hit 2019 running we’ve got 5 great natural ways to detoxify so you feel rejuvenated and energised.
Detoxify with a tongue cleaner
The tongue cleaner originated in Ayurveda. These U-shaped devices made of stainless steel or copper have a blunt edge that removes build-up from the surface of the tongue. The concept can sound a little odd but tongue scraping removes bad bacteria and toxins that accumulate in the mouth, improving digestive health and immunity. We all know that we are what we eat and that is no truer than for our skin. Tongue scraping is a great way to maintain fresh, healthy skin.
It also helps to maintain good oral health and fresh breath. It sounds strange but give it a go – all you need is a few quick strokes, twice a day.
Treat your skin to a balancing mask
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Prone to breakouts after a few days of excess? Our Green Clay Mask has been especially formulated for oily and breakout prone skin. One of the essential oils used in the mask is Palma Rosa which known for balancing sebum production to help reduce breakouts.
The green clay is highly absorbent, antiseptic and antimicrobial. It works by binding to and removing toxins, heavy metals and impurities from the pores. It is also packed full of nutrient rich minerals such as:
The mask green colour comes from its high iron content. The face mask magicians over at Wild Sage and Co who make this have combined the green clay with antioxidant rich sea kelp to give your skin a powerful nutrient boost. Kelp or 'Seaweed' is wonderful for the skin as it is vitamin A and vitamin E dense. It is also anti-inflammatory so great for soothing your breakouts.
Hot towel scrub
Periods of merriment (the polite way of putting it) can leave our livers and lymphatic systems over-worked. Improve your lymphatic system, increase circulation and encourage the detoxification process by doing a hot towel scrub or body brush. A hot towel scrub can be done before or after a shower and all you need is a sink of hot water and a medium sized washcloth. Do one section of your body at a time, scrubbing until the sink turns pink and slightly warm. Scrub for 2 to 20 minutes, depending on the time you have. If this doesn’t interest you though, use a dry body brush before showering.
We recommend using a bamboo flannel for your hot towel scrub for it's anti-bacterial properties. Shop bamboo flannels.
Draw out impurities with charcoal
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Charcoal is great for your skin. Strange as it may seem activated charcoal does wonders to brighten the complexion and cleanse pores.
For thousands of years charcoal has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to detox the body. It works by binding to toxins and chemicals in the skin, deeply penetrating pores and capturing dirt and grime so you can easily wash them away. This means the topical use of charcoal can be effective for pore decongestion, making it excellent for oily, blemish prone skin.
Oil cleanse for glowing skin
They may seem counter intuitive at first, but oil cleansers really do work!
Your skin is continuously secretes oil that remains on your face, this is what blocks your pores leading to blemishes. Wild Sage use no chemicals so your skin is not stripped of its natural sebum. This is important as when your natural oils are stripped away as they are in many chemical based cleansers your skin goes into overdrive to create more, causing blocked pores and blemishes.
Using this cleansing oil will dissolve this oil and replace it with natural, replenishing oils that will leave your skin glowing.