Even though during the winter months we are less likely to expose our bodies, it's important that we take time out to look after ourselves and kick start those energy levels as the body does battle with environmental pollutants and toxins that can cause skin to look tired and dull. Even the minerals in tap water can play havoc with the skin by drying it out when all you have done is taken a shower, so a few small changes to your diet and beauty care routine is all you need to make the difference.
I know maintaining a healthy lifestyle whilst balancing a busy routine can be a challenge in today's environment. The pressures and stresses of daily life can interrupt good intentions and lead to a build-up of toxins. But try adopting a simple detox regime such as drinking warm water with lemon or ginger first thing in a morning and last thing at night. Whilst we’re talking of ginger, exfoliating regularly will help cleanse the body, stimulate circulation, and release toxins. Indulge in a warm powerful shower to open the pores before massaging ELEMIS Lime and Ginger Salt Glow into your skin in circular motions, focusing on problem areas.
The ultimate body boost, and the addition to your daily detox routine that I feel makes a huge difference, is dry body brushing. I recommend it before showering, using long upward movements towards the heart to promote lymphatic drainage, flush away impurities and boost your circulation. It also improves muscle tone, reduces puffiness and the orange peel appearance of cellulite. One with a long handle and firm bristles is generally best so all hard-to-reach areas can be targeted. The best time to do your body brushing is first thing in the morning. Start with the soles of your feet and work your way up your legs, followed by hands and arms. Reach over and brush from the buttocks up to your back and around to the stomach. Brush your tummy in an anti-clockwise direction. Then pop in the shower with ELEMIS Sharp Shower Body Wash. It’s the most invigorating body wash scented with uplifting Spearmint and Peppermint essential oils plus plant extracts of Nettle, Wild Marjoram, Marshmallow, Chamomile and Thyme. The Soya, Wheat and Milk protein base will deep cleanse whilst the rich creamy lather is super gentle, leaving your skin clean, soft and tingling with freshness.
Detoxify your diet: take a look at what type of proteins you are choosing. Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may contribute to acne and could be the cause of spotty backs and chests. Cut back on sugar. Refined sugar causes a process called glycation, which can affect the collagen and elastin in the skin, making the skin look tired, and it’s the cause of those bingo wings! Detoxing does not have to be a painful process and actually some of my favourite bodycare products are from the Cellutox range combining the richness of the sea with the power of aroma. This powerful synergy of Sea Buckthorn and Sea Fennel extracts, with Lemon and Juniper essential oils can be used as part of a body cleansing programme. Cellutox Active Body Oil is a beautiful lightweight oil that can be used daily after a shower or bath, best applied in the morning or early evening. Pour a small amount into the palms and rub gently over problem areas, such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs, this is such a light oil, you will find it absorbs straight into the skin and you can get dressed straight away.