January loves a bit of detoxing. We asked girls from Clean Beauty Co to partner with us on sharing their top beauty products and DIY beauty recipes with our readers.
We find ourselves hanging up our red wine boots, aggressively chucking the leftover melted chocolate selections and unconsciously taking the stairs instead of the lift, all in an effort to rid ourselves of the over-indulgent festive period. Late nights, drinking and eating excessively takes its toll on our skin, but hey we’re not here to judge, we’re often at the front of the Lindt’s ball pack. But did you know that your skin is an organ of elimination, and actually one third of your body’s toxins are expelled via the skin?
This is great news: cancel your juice fast and start looking to your beauty regime to kickstart your detox. We’re here to help you get on with your January goals and get your body in tip top shape for summer, the natural way. We’ve made it terribly easy for you by collating a whole bunch of products, tips and recipes you can make at home. Call it your Super-Detox List. Only the very purest products have made the cut.
Elemental Herbology Detox Botanical Bathing Infusion – despite the rather detailed name, this soak cuts straight to the point. It helps to reduce fluid retention, invigorate and shift toxins, leaving the skin energised.
The Organic Pharmacy Detox Cellulite Body Oil – a firming and toning body oil infused with Juniper, Grapefruit and Rosemary, which absorbs into the skin quickly to help reduce the appearance of cellulite on stubborn areas.
Esse Refining Cleanser – this foaming cleanser contains Bentonite clay, which gently exfoliates away dead skin cells but also absorbs impurities and toxins. Topped up with melon oil, rich in omega-6 fatty acids, skin is fluffy-cloud-soft post cleansing.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably tightened the purse strings post-Xmas and post-sales (don’t worry, you DEFINITELY needed that third pair of boots). With that in mind, we’ve also put together some exclusive detox recipes for Elixir readers to make at home, guaranteed not to break the bank. The ingredients can be found in the kitchen or possibly will require a quick trip to Holland & Barrett.
Matcha Clay Mask
A new kid on the block, Matcha tea is a beauty wonder. With 137 more antioxidants than green tea, Matcha is the perfect edition to face masks in order to spruce up your skin post-party season. It will draw out impurities, and the high natural chlorophyll content will ensure skin is left glowing and clean.
Mix equal parts Matcha with your favourite clay, and make into a paste with a couple of tablespoons of water or floral water.
Black Charcoal Body Scrub
This detoxifying body scrub is great to give your skin a bit of an MOT. The power of porous activated charcoal safely cleans away skin impurities, helping to heal breakouts and reduce inflammation. The salt and scrubbing promotes good circulation and massaging the lymph nodes, aiding in reducing things like cellulite. The scrub is held together by oil, leaving you post-shower silky smooth. Activated charcoal is taken orally in powder tablet form, and the same tablets can be broken open and the powder used in the scrub.
Add a teaspoon of activated charcoal with a cup of grinded sea salts, with enough oil to bind the ingredients together.
Epsom Salt Bath
Magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salts, are great to use in the bath when detoxing. The sulfates help flush the body of toxins, expelling things like heavy metals, which the body can’t rid itself of naturally. Epsom salts also soothe muscle soreness and joint aches, which are pretty common in January as we all trudge back to the gym after a long hiatus. Add in some essential oils, the citrus variety is particularly great for detoxification, and you’ve got an effective and easy full body treatment.
One cup of Epsom salts with 10 drops of your chosen essential oil is the perfect quantity for a medium sized bath.
Dry brushing is also a great addition to any beauty regime, not just in times of detox. It involves three simple steps: buy a dry brush (natural fibres only please) get naked (we would say in your bathroom but wherever you feel comfortable) and brush. Brush in an upward, circular motion, focusing on problem areas – dare-we-say it, for us it would be the bums and tums.
You’ll exfoliate, you’ll stimulate your lymphatic system, you’ll reduce cellulite and decongest your skin. Winning.