I don’t know about you, but there are so many products for skincare when I go to the store, I often skip the aisle altogether because of the choices. After many of those experiences, I’ve searched for the most natural, simple choices in skin care.
While I still use moisturizer and a good SPF, these are some all-year-round skin care pieces that cost almost nothing and can be great ways of indulging your body in some extra care… and health.
Detox Your Skin Daily
Detoxing your skin is important. It is our biggest vulnerability that we don’t often consider. We don’t notice the millions of toxins every day that touch our skin. Detoxifying our skin is vitally important to skin health, and also many other reasons like improving circulation and lymphatic function, relieving stress, and even fighting cellulite build-up.
My two favorite daily ways to detox my skin are Skin-brushing and Hot Wash Cloth Scrub. These both increase lymphatic function and help rid the body of dead cells. During my detox days, I am sure to incorporate these both into a daily routine. It helps to flush the toxins.
Hot Towel Scrub
For me, there is nothing more relaxing than a hot towel scrub. It also improves circulation, reduces muscle tension and brings my mindfulness back to my body. If you are in the shower, it really isn’t the same. So yes, I am really telling you to stand naked in your bathroom for a few minutes.
Here’s how simple it is:
- Fill up a sink with hot water.
- Dip a washcloth in the hot water. (Microfiber cloths are even better, and any washcloth will work just fine.) Ring out the washcloth a bit and then start scrubbing.
- I start with my hands and my arms, scrubbing every inch inward towards my body. Your skin should turn pink, and it should not be painful. This is a selfcare exercise, not torture.
- Dip and rinse your washcloth as necessary to keep it hot. Cover your entire body. I love this in the winter too because I do not have a bath tub, just a shower.
The hot towel scrub allows me to get hot water and circulation going in my extremities without standing under the shower for 20 minutes.
Dry Skin Brushing
Skin brushing is easy and effective. Dr. Mercola’s post “Dry-Skin Brushing: Benefits and How-To” describes the benefits to skin brushing.
Here’s the directions he gives for skin brushing:
- Use a dry body brush to get rid of flakes, stimulate your lymphatic system, and more as described above (do this for a few minutes on your dry skin, before getting wet)
- Avoid using soap or use the least amount possible, especially in winter or in dry climates, as this may promote and aggravate dry skin
- Instead, apply a natural body scrub to exfoliate your skin (also apply this to your skin before getting wet, and choose one that also contains oil to moisturize)
- After your shower, apply a heavy natural body butter or natural moisturizing oil (not mineral oil or baby oil) to help seal in moisture; coconut oil works well for this purpose.
We all know that most soap can be pretty damaging to our skin. One way I replaced all those harsh chemicals in my body washes was to create my own sugar scrubs at home. Not only is it the most nourishing wash I put on my body, I can also get rid of all the sugar in my kitchen doing it.
Any of the scrubs are typically a 1:1 ratio of sugar and oil, maybe slightly more on the sugar side. I even add essential oils if I want a certain scent, but usually if I add anything it may be a splash of vanilla extract because it’s cheap and smells awesome. I use avocado, olive or almond oil with turbinado or brown sugar. Try making your own and see what you think!
These are just a few things I do. It’s not just about the skin though. It’s about consciously taking time to care for your body and your skin. The more we do that, the more we’ll remember how important it is to acknowledge and care for ourselves as a whole.
What things do you do to detox your skin?