Detox Your Body & Reveal Beautiful Skin

December 14, 2017

Let's continue with a very similar theme to my previous post and let's talk some more about how to get rid of dry skin. This time it's about skin on your body and while you're at it you can do some detoxifying as well. Even though I think that what you eat and drink is most important, I didn't plan on writing much about that. At the end of the day the whole healthy lifestyle isn't complicated, it may be hard but it's pretty straightforward. Everyone knows that vegetables are the best, fruit as well, lots of water, exercise, skip sugar, white flour and all that as much as you can. There are so many things you can eat to help your body, or rather your liver, to detoxify. Wait till January and everybody is going to talk about detox. Not that that's bad it's just how it is. Anywho, like I said I won't be talking about food but rather about a few practices you can do to help your body detoxify & also improve the texture and appearance of the skin.
 Before moving forward I want to say a few words about lymphatic system. I've touched on the importance of a good flowing lymph in this post, perhaps I should tell you a little more about it. I feel like lymphatic system is one of the most important systems in our bodies and is one that we often forget about. It pretty much touches every single part of your body. It is a part of the circulatory system and a very important part of the immune system, comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph. The lymphatic system’s main function is to cleanse out toxins and keeping your lymphatic system functioning properly is directly related to the overall health of the body.

BUT unlike blood, lymph does not have a pump that would help it flow and that's why our lymphatic system can easily become stagnant. Mine sure did last week and is probably like that every day, cause I spend all day every day sitting. And sitting is THE WORST. Luckily keeping the lymph moving doesn’t take much, otherwise we would be all sick constantly. But there's nothing wrong with prevention and I'm sure your lymphatic system could do with a little bit of help. Mine sure appreciates it.

One of the easiest things you can do is drink plenty of water. Lemon water in the morning is a great detoxifier so definitely try that. I'm slacking on this but I do make sure to drink plenty of water through the day. The next very easy thing you can do is go for a walk. Walks, especially power walks are great for your lymphatic system. I think that 20-30 minutes per day can do great things for your body. If you're not an outdoorsy person you can do some stretching and yoga. Some poses are especially beneficial, like inversions and twisting, but any yoga flow is very beneficial. Not only for your body but also for your mind. You can find some amazing detox yoga videos on YT, personally I would go with Yoga With Adriene. You could also simply place your legs up the wall, that one is surely the easiest pose to do. My cousin LOVES IT and she is doing it all the time.
Another thing I adore is dry body brushing. This is the best practice for not only keeping your lymph flowing but it's also amazing for the skin. If you do it regularly you will find that you really don't need any oils or lotion to keep your skin hydrated, even in winter time. It's quite magical really! I dedicated a whole post to dry body brushing years ago, check it out here (it's in Slovene). Dry body brushing or dry skin brushing is an Ayurvedic practice where you simply brush your dry skin with a brush. As with yoga, you can find some great videos on how to do it. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you always have to brush towards the heart to help with detoxification.

DRY SKIN BRUSHING ROUTINE

I like to start with my right leg, starting at my feet and then with long brush strokes moving up. I continue on my right butt cheek and I end the move towards the front of my body and towards the groin area. Then I do the same on my left leg. I follow with upward and clockwise movements on my stomach and upward strokes on my lower to mid back. Then right arm, again from the fingers to my shoulder and then gently towards the heart. Same on the left side. I brush down the sides of my neck. I brush the back of my neck down and towards the front, to the heart. I do the the same on my upper back. I finish with strokes down my armpits, first the right side and then left. From armpit, under my boob to the heart. Be more gentle on your decolletage, as you would be on your legs for example. In time you really get used to the feeling. This takes only a few minutes and then I hop in the shower. After dry skin brushing you will feel energized and woken up and that's why it's a wonderful practice to do in the mornings.
To follow dry skin brushing I picked a detoxifying wash, Linné's Activate Body Wash*. This product contains activated charcoal which is yet another great detoxifying ingredient. It has an invigorating scent, it doesn't lather, yet it does make your skin black to dark gray and yes, you do have to be careful to rinse it all off, otherwise it can stain your towel. It's not a permanent stain and it does wash off in the washing machine. I heard it helps with body acne so definitely a product to consider if you have that problem.
Last but most certainly not least is a new-to-me product and a new-to-me Ayurvedic practice. Meet the incredible KHUS + KHUS Bleu Body Wax*. This stuff is so freakin good! I got this baby in the December Beauty Heroes box and they describe it as "an innovative twist on a classic body butter, infused with traditional and decadent botanicals". It's not a balm but it is a balm, but it's more of a wax, but then it's not a wax. It's very unique. It has a hard consistency like coconut oil has, but way nicer and softer. Think of mixing coconut oil with some oils and a little bit of beeswax. I usually scoop it out with my finger and then it melts beautifully in contact with the skin. It's filled with calming, anti-inflammatory ingredients with a scent that brings peace and serenity. The whole product gives me those feels, the scent, the colour, the ingredients, everything just goes together so perfectly. You can get it here.

Bleu Body Wax has been formulated for daily Abhyanga self-massage, which is another beautiful Ayurvedic practice. Abhyanga simply translates to ´oil massage´ and is recommended to balance your dosha. This massage should be done before a shower: starting massaging your head and then the rest of your body. Traditionally you would use quite a lot of oil to really massage your body vigorously, to help release toxins from the tissue. As you may have gathered it by now, this massage is done in a way that helps your lymph to move, so it should always be done in the direction of the heart. Instead of doing it the traditional way, I prefer applying the body wax as you would think, after a shower. I start with my neck, shoulders, chest, then arms, stomach and back. I massage my legs, always with strokes towards the heart. Around the joints you can do some circular movements, but other than that you always massage in the direction towards the heart. Lastly you massage your feet, from ankle all the way to the toes. I pretty much do it the same way as Jeannie. Definitely check out her article about Abhyanga. She also shared a YT video about the massage. Read the post here. I don't do this every single day but it is such a beautiful practice. Loving your body is so important and this massage definitely helps with feeling good about your body. There is something very special about it and I find it most relaxing.

I don't do all these practices every day but I certainly do at least one of them, if not two.
What about you?

With love,

Jana xx

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