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How To Best Take Care Of Our Skin

What we expose our skin to and even to the moisturizers we put on our faces deserve attention.  Adding a shower head filter to remove chlorine  from the water is really important. Even trace amounts of chlorine in your shower water is harmful since it bonds to the skin and hair, removing moisture and disrupting the balance of necessary, helpful bacteria that resides on your body.

Chlorinated water can cause dry, irritated skin; dry, frizzy hair, and a scaly, irritated scalp. Chlorine absorption and inhalation can also cause physical fatigue, mental depression, and a lowered autoimmune function.

Did you know that two of the best natural oils to use as a moisturizer is coconut and olive oil? Straight from the jar. It is vital to keep things simple since what goes on, goes in.

healthy diet reaps many benefits, and one of them is beautiful skin. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and fueling your body from the inside-out, will give your skin that “natural glow” or “fresh” look.  We tend to eat more juicy fruits and veggies during the warm, summer months where you always hear about how our skin glows. Also, eating more alkaline foods to aid optimal health and organ function. Best to aim to the 80/20 rule: 80% alkalizing and 20% acidifying foods.

Drinking LOTS of filtered water and staying hydrated does wonders for your skin as it helps to flush out toxins. Drinking lemon juice in warm water each morning on rising is also a wonderful way to flush out toxins cleared from overnight liver detoxification. It helps to flush the digestive system, along with re-hydrating the body after a long night sleep. After drinking, swish with some plain filtered water for 30 seconds to make sure the acid from the lemon juice doesn’t remain on teeth.

Sweat is definitely your friend.  Regular exercise to get the circulation moving is really important. Infrared saunas are also a great way to eliminate your body of excess toxins, as it also purifies your skin and enhances your circulatory system.

“Dry skin brushing” is also a great way to improve your immune system, since it unclogs pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. It involves brushing over the skin dry, followed by a shower or bath.

Benefits of dry skin brushing include:

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system 

Dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid. It aids the flow of lymph fluid throughout the body, helping to eliminate waste and toxins and to contribute to the strength of the body’s immune system, by reducing inflammation and disease.

  • Exfoliation

Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, and clearing clogged pores.  It also stimulates the sweat and oil glands, providing more moisture for the skin. This improves the body’s ability to “breathe” and absorb essential nutrients and oxygen through your skin.

  • Increase Circulation

When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste. It also contributes to healthier muscle tone.

  • Reduce Cellulite

Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits (cellulite) below the skin, while distributing fat deposits more evenly and helping to diminish their appearance.

  • Stress Relief

The act of dry brushing may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.

  • Improve Digestion and Kidney Function

Dry skin brushing stimulates the body from the outside in. It works to cleanse the whole system and is an effective treatment for many ailments.

It can help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. It aids kidney function by eliminating accumulated waste products in the body.

  • It’s Invigorating

People feel so good after dry skin brushing. Along with glowing and tighter skin, it also helps keep skin fresh, vibrant and free of breakouts.

So how does our gut flora get compromised in the first place? Step-by-step guide to dry skin brushing