As the cold Winter months finally draw to an end, now is a perfect time to treat your skin to a seasonal spring clean. Dry and cold conditions, extra make-up and lack of sunshine could well have led to sallow, dull and even parched skin.
So what can we do?
Keeping your skin clean should always be tackled from the inside as well as outside – as ultimately lifestyle, nutrition and genetics play an equally important part as topical solutions alone. The latter however can not only give a great pick-me-up but greatly enhance ongoing skin health and appearance.
Clean on the inside…
A daily green smoothie will work all sort of wonders, not only for your complexion! There are numerous recipes out there but a simple, low sugar, easy to repeat one that only needs a basic blender is a good starting point.
The following recipe packs a real punch full of carotenoids (a small handful of kale has 10 times the minimum amount needed per day), detox goodies, vitamins A and C, enough healthy fat to aid absorption and a great source of essential minerals. It’s also slightly alkalising to help balance blood Ph. The following makes 500ml and has a surprising refreshing yet zingy flavour –
- Small handful of kale, ideally frozen (split a fresh bag down into individual portions at start of week). Act as ice cubes then too!
- Juice of 1 fresh orange
- Juice of half a fresh lemon (or less if too tart)
- Half teaspoon ground turmeric powder
- Good few grinds of black pepper
- 300ml unsweetened/pure coconut water
Throw it all in the blender and blend until smooth. Add water to make up to 500ml or desired consistency and blend again. If not sweet enough, add a few cubes of frozen mango and blend again. Mind that sugar though!
Clean on the outside…
Time for a deep cleanse – and then ideally long-term maintenance too. Sloughing off dead skin cells, unblocking pores and increasing circulation is the single most important thing to do for tired-looking, flaky skin. All three can be tackled in one sitting with a good face scrub. It might not be the best timing to do this prior to going out as the blood flow to the face may make it rather rosy!
The most effective scrubs tend have both mildly abrasive properties as well as natural enzyme action. Never choose artificial micro-beads though for environmental reasons – remember from nature (or bio-friendly) is always best. Here’s a nice and simple DIY “breakfast” one to try at home. Exfoliating, moisturising, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial all in one! Only use light, slow swirls with your fingertips to avoid pulling at the skin –
- Finely ground (gluten-free if needed) oat meal or oat bran
- Natural bio-yoghurt or mashed strawberries if lactose intolerant.
- Runny raw honey
Mix above ingredients in three equal parts in a small bowl. Add extra oats if needed to get a nice thick consistency. Thoroughly apply to the skin, focussing on any dry areas and leave for 15 to 30 mins. Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry.
Maintain the deep cleanse by making sure you thoroughly clean your skin before bedtime every day using your favourite gentle cleanser. A follow up scrub once a week will also keep you skin glowing and soft. 🙂
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