The New Year is a time of reflections and resolutions—of learning from the past and turning over new leaves. We reflect on what we want to preserve, perpetuate, and promote from the past year, while meditating on what we can modify, incorporate, and/or eliminate. It’s the perfect occasion to refresh, revamp, and rejuvenate with a triple detox: skin, physical health, and emotional well-being.
Deborah Burnes, natural beauty expert, reminds us: our bodies are great communicators, but it’s up to us to listen to the messages. They can be physical or emotional and range from obvious to subtle. Symptoms can come and go, change, or be persistent. However, once we learn what to look for, we have the power to be proactive and lessen the stress on our bodies.
Our skin is a particularly wonderful window into our overall health. It provides clues and signs that should not be ignored. As our body’s largest organ, signs of emotional and physical stress can be seen on our skin. To garner the optimum detox results, I recommend internal cleansing while detoxing the skin. Addressing the inside and the out for profound results all around.
SIMPLE STEPS TO SUCCESS:
ONE STEP AT A TIME
When entertaining change, simple steps are the key to success. While wonderfully lofty goals may seem romantic, they can be unrealistic to achieve, which leads to feelings of defeat and the return of old habits – even when it comes to your skin. Little tweaks and incremental alterations bring small victories and provide the positive reinforcement to keep going – the “I can, I will, I did!” This achievement isn’t only super satisfying, it sets the tone and acts as a catalyst for further accomplishments.
It’s equally important to start with goals that deliver immediate, visible results. That’s what keeps you hooked. It may take a few months to lose 15 pounds or change jobs. When detoxing, however, you’ll see changes in your skin, mood, and energy levels right away.
START WHERE YOU ARE
Remember to meet yourself where you’re at. Our personal experiences are what make us unique. Focusing on our own goals helps us avoid getting caught up in what other people are doing. While it’s nice to be positively influenced by others, it can also cause unnecessary pressure, striving for dreams that may not be right for you. Make realistic resolutions that you can incorporate into your daily routine. This helps to ensure you don’t bite off more than you can chew on New Year’s Day.
DETOX YOUR ROUTINE
Detoxing baths are also excellent to incorporate into your routine. They provide an exit strategy, enabling your body to purge unwanted waste and toxins. I suggest our ABC Detox Bath Salts or Mustard Detox Fizzer. You can DIY with Epsom salts, seas salt, clays, mustard, and any of the above ingredients.
I’ve devised a simple five-step program (you can find on my site) or you can make at home, that will unclog your pores and remove toxins, leaving you chemical-free, happy, healthy and functioning skin, so you can both absorb all the actives in your skin care and expel toxins so they don’t build up in your pores. Read on below for my simple steps to detoxifying your skin for the new year and an easy DIY recipe…
Signs your skin needs to detox:
– Congested/uneven, enlarged pores, blackheads, or pustules
– Acne, rosacea, itchy skin, extreme dryness
– Skin feels rough, bumpy, and/or uneven
– Dull, ruddy appearance of skin
– Overproduction of oil
Some skin detoxing ingredients to look for (used externally):
– Activated charcoal
– Obsidian clay
– Deep sea mud
– Oils, not creams (and less is more)
– Burdock root
– Irish moss
– White tea
Ingredients to avoid:
– Essential oils and fragrance
– Ingredients that end in -cone, such as amodimethicone, behenoxy dimethicone, cetearyl methicone, dimethicone.
– Hydrolyzed wheat protein
– Bismuth oxychloride
– Petrochemicals: anything that ends in “-eth,” “-decane,” or contains the words PEG (polyethylene glycol), DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (ethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), butyl, methyl, propyl, ethyl, ethanol
Detox Cleanser DIY Recipe
1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons apple juice
¼ teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon soy milk
½ teaspoon quinoa flour
Mix all ingredients in food processor.
DB: Talk with your doctor before doing an internal detox. Fasting, juicing, and/or starving isn’t recommended as part of a healthy cleansing. Make sure your overall plan includes healthy foods, plenty of rest, exercise, and downtime. A healthier you is a happier you. A happier you is a radiant you!