Body Love & Glowing Skin

September 23, 2015

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Now that Spring is here, you may be peeling back your layers of clothing and noticing that your skin may be in need of some extra lovin' after the colder months. Our skin is our body's largest organ and one of the most important organs of elimination, so it’s vital that we take care of it to keep ourselves healthy and happy. When your insides aren’t balanced and you’re not feeling quite as healthy as you may want to, this may be showing up in your skin, as it plays a huge role in detoxification and helps the body flush out toxins by releasing them through your pores. 

Want fresh, dewy, radiant skin? Here’s our four simple treatments to incorporate into each day to not only rejuvenate your skin, but to enhance your overall health and wellbeing too! 

 

Hot & Cold Showers

I’m sure we all indulged in long, hot showers during Winter to warm ourselves up, but did you know this actually dries your skin out? If you can brave it, alternating the water temperature of your shower between hot and cold every couple of minutes does wonders for your health and skin. Dry skin, especially on hands and feet can be a result of poor circulation, but don’t worry, this simple practice can help as it stimulates your lymphatic system. This leads to improved circulation and enhanced immunity, so you’re also less likely to get colds and flus. Give it a go- and trust me, you’ll start to build up a tolerance and crave the refreshing feeling!

 

Dry Body Brushing

Routinely brushing your skin with a dry body brush before a shower or bath each day aids you skins natural detoxification process and gives you an all-over glow! This ritual is not only cleansing from the outside as the exfoliation brushes away dead skin cells and unclogs pores, but it gives your insides a workout too as it helps improve the flow of lymph in your body, eliminates wastes and toxins, and rejuvenates your nervous system. It also may reduce the appearance of cellulite.

 

Water, Water, Water!

I know you’ve probably heard this a million times before, but that’s because it plays such an important role in our health. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your skin is well hydrated, improves elasticity, keeps it soft and supple and stops it from drying out. The human body is approximately 60% water, so it makes sense that we need to be constantly replenishing our intake. Each and every one of our cells need water- our skin cells are one of the lowest priorities, so if we’re not drinking enough then the skin will be the first placed to be robbed of it, and will start to show signs of dehydration. 

 

Try a new exercise regime

Spring is a time for new beginnings, so if it’s been awhile since you’ve been up and moving then now’s the time to try something new! You’re more likely to stick to a new routine if it’s something you love, so experiment with different exercises until you find something you enjoy and get excited about. Why not go to the local swimming pool, join a sports team, take your dog for a walk, or even throw a frisbee around the park with a group of friends? Regular exercise helps improve your circulation and nourishes your skin by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen, giving you that post-workout glow too! Sweating also cleanses your pores of impurities and toxins, leaving you feeling all sparkly and new- just make sure you wash it away with clean water afterwards. It’s best to opt for outdoor activities to make sure you’re getting lots of fresh air and negative ions.

 

Extra Tips:

-Sleep: if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you’re not allowing your body to enter its rest and restore state, so aim for 8 hours each night to let your bodys' natural healing system kick in.

-Exfoliate: make a ritual of this and pamper yourself by exfoliating once a week with a natural, chemical-free exfoliator, or make your own using coconut oil and salt.

-Moisturise: best to do following baths, showers or exfoliating, moisturise your whole body with a natural moisturiser. Oils can be used on their own, and coconut oil is our favourite option!

-Eat Right: Nourish your skin from the inside out by eating a wide variety of unprocessed, plant-based foods, which are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and water to help boost your complexion.

-Wardrobe cleanse: go through your cupboards, let go of stuff you don’t wear and make room for new finds!

 

So go ahead, take some time out to pamper yourself and try these tips- you’ll be glowing in no time!

Heidi x

 

 

This post was researched and written with love by our Marketing Communications Hero, Heidi Brockmann. 

ABOUT HEIDI:

Heidi is a Sydney babe who's recently moved to Melbs, to join the KOJA team! She is very passionate about holistic health and inspiring others to live natural lifestyles. Her interest in the connection between our physical body and our emotional health lead her to study BodyMind Nutrition. She is currently training to become a Life Coach, Holistic Counsellor and Complementary Therapist. 



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