Over the coming months Rhian Truman, Lead Facialist for Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, will be sharing her top tips and fascinating skincare secrets in a new series of articles called "Professional Skincare Secrets". This blog, her third in the series, offers us some expert tips on detoxing your skin and body for a clean and healthy start to 2015.
Detox: without a doubt a word that’s on the minds of many of us in January and February, and it’s one that can either scare or motivate you depending on what frame of mind you're in. Detoxes can be taken to unhealthy extremes or attempted rather half-heartedly, but I don’t believe in deprivation or overindulgence; my motto is everything in moderation.
For me detoxing means prompting some dietary discipline, shaking up my exercise habits, upping my beauty regimes and becoming more content with my body. As simple as it seems taking care of your health and being proud of your body always boosts your happiness. The obvious first port of call to kick start your detox is to re-evaluate your diet; eliminating those personal vices that we know aren’t good for us. Starting from the inside and being more conscious of what you consume is vital to the success of your detox.
What most of us forget is that you can reward yourself by looking after the outside too. Unhealthy overindulgence is a no-no, but spoiling your body from the outside can never be frowned upon as the sky’s the limit when it comes to beauty treatments and pampering sessions at home.
I’d like to share with you some elements of my personal beauty detox regime that I return to when I’m not feeling 100%. As a beauty therapist I always stress the importance of massage. Whether it’s a full body treatment or a facial, all massage is great to support detoxification. The movement really wakes up the lymphatic system, helping to break down and eliminate toxins.
Once having had a treatment, drinking lots of water and keeping hydrated is really important in helping to flush out toxins. Upping your hydration levels is so beneficial to your health, encouraging all systems to function properly. If you struggle with drinking lots of water why not try some delicious caffeine-free tea? You can find some really tasty detoxifying teas such as rosehip, fennel, ginger, spearmint and dandelion. Drinking more water creates beautiful luminescent and plump skin that you will notice straight away.
For these cold nights at the start of the year, draw a steamy hot bath and sprinkle in some Epsom salts – this is pure heaven. The magnesium, minerals and sulphates in the salts are fantastic for your body, helping flush out toxins, improve absorption of nutrients, relieving muscular fatigue and is a great epidermis healer for eczema suffers like myself.
Buff dead skin cells on your face using a double-action exfoliator like the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm from Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. This enzyme polish also contains gentle refining beads which leave your skin silky smooth and help to eliminate dirt and toxins. Increase your circulation with body brushing or delightfully exfoliating scrubs. Body brushing leaves your skin feeling tingly and groomed and this is great to do before moisturising with a nourishing product like Aurelia’s Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil. Make sure you're always sweeping upwards towards the heart and preferably on dry skin. If you’d rather wake your skin up while it’s wet then jump in the shower with a big tub of body scrub.
I adore making these at home as it’s so easy and lots of fun! I use salt, brown sugar and oats for the exfoliation factor, then just add in a preferred base oil and essential oils. For a real detox boost I recommend salt, grapefruit and mint with an almond oil base, or coffee and brown sugar. If your skin is on the sensitive side perhaps try coconut oil, oats and Manuka honey. Take pride in being good to your body, start from within and spoil the outside.
Follow my tips and enjoy a wonderfully decadent yet easy detox!