If you live in DC, you know that we experienced a record breaking winter this past season. Summer is drawing close and that means what has been hidden will come to light, literally!
Inquiring minds want to know “What is the best foundation for my skin?” and “How do I create a flawless canvas with minimal product?” The best foundation for your skin will not found at the makeup counter. Shocking!… I know. The best foundation you will experience is investing and pampering the skin you presently have, both internally and externally.
Skin is the largest organ of the body and only receives nourishment through its pores. Winter robs moisture from the air, leaving skin looking and feeling dull, chaffed and in need of much TLC. Time to REJUVENATE!
Over the few weeks, I will offer a total of 9 STEPS to REJUVENATE. Today, let’s look at the first 3:
1) DETOX. Most of us tend to be less health conscious in the winter months. Detoxing our bodies cleanses the unhealthy toxins that have accumulated overtime, making it less of a challenge to absorb the proper nutrients. Just because we change our eating habits, which is the greatest element to a healthier lifestyle; the toxins that are currently present in our bodies, left unattended, will present a challenge in digestion, energy and acheiving our goal for healthy, glowing skin. It’s similar to putting old fuel in a new car. Yes, the car will run, but the quality of the ride won’t be smooth. If you don’t drain the tank before putting in new fuel, you will feel like you’re driving an older model. Got it? Okay. There are several detox and cleansing regimens on the market, so always consult your physician prior to beginning a plan. Nothing supports the body’s cleansing and elimination capacity like water. Water is the number one most natural detoxification tool on the planet. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses daily to flush the toxins through your body.
2) GOOD FOODS. If you don’t already, include a daily dose of fruits and veggies in your diet. The following foods are self-detoxifying and will support you in your rejuvenation:
- Fruits – raspberries, cherries, apples, grapefruits, oranges and lemons. * Squeeze lemon in your water to increase detoxification.
- Greens – spinach, arugula, kale, blue-green algae, broccoli, barley, wheatgrass.
- Raw Veggies – onions, carrots, artichoke, asparagus, beets, turmeric.
- Nuts – pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower, walnuts, hemp seeds
- Omega-3 Oils – Salmon and avocado. *These foods moisturize the skin and digestive tract internally.
- Green/ red teas also contain healing and cleansing anoxidants.
3) GET A FACIAL. Schedule a facial and skin consultation with a licensed esthetician. Contrary to belief, facials are not just a topical beauty treatment. There are major internal benefits that manifest outwardly. Facials primarily: regulate the immune system, detoxify, reduce fluid build-up, exfoliate the skin, slow the skins natural aging process, and reduce stress and tension from the body. There are a myriad of different facials, so it’s best to inquire with an professional esthetician to see which is best for your skin type.
Check out these fabulous area experts:
GERMAINE WILLIAMS @ RED BLOOM WELLNESS SPA, Bethesda, MD. http://www.redbloom.com/ She is my personal skincare doctor and is featured in this month’s issue of Essence Magazine.
BRIANNE @ HELA SPA in D.C. is well known for her supreme pampering services. http://helaspa.com/