The transformation from snowy landscapes to a green environment inspires renewal during this time of year. Spring is right around the corner and as we near, it’s time for the yearly spring cleaning. As you donate old clothes you no longer wear and store away your winter jackets, you make room for new items and maybe even some fresher habits. The weather change will add some unbalances to your skin, and as the largest organ in your body, your skin shouldn’t be neglected from this yearly tradition. Here’s how you can cleanse your skin during this time of rejuvenation.
Something you probably will hear until the end of time. You’re probably already aware of the benefits, but make sure you’re drinking more than enough. The recommended 8 glasses daily isn’t enough anymore, especially if you drink coffee. Coffee dehydrates your body and skin, and you’ll need to overcompensate on the water just to replace the hydration lost from coffee.
Get moving and sweating
Sweating is your body’s way of cleansing and removing heavy-metal toxins like lead and mercury. Exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of toxins built up from the heavy winter season. Anything that gets you sweating will help, like going for a walk, yoga, or even using an infrared sauna. Saunas are underrated and can really help your body during the cleansing process.
Take care of your gut.
Your digestive system is linked to your skin. If you have an unhealthy, toxin-filled gut, your skin is directly affected. Eating foods rich in probiotics can help eliminate waste in the gut, giving you cleansed and glowing skin. Kefir and kombucha are excellent sources of probiotics known to help balance the gut.
Don’t forget to exfoliate.
If you don’t already exfoliate once or twice a week, please start! Exfoliating twice a week is important to shed dead skin cells on your skin’s outer layer. Cleansing your skin doesn’t accomplish this like exfoliating does. This is so important for your skin to be rid of the toxins created by the harsh winter weather. Remember to apply a moisturizer to restore hydration!
Eating foods that are easy to digest help during this detoxification process. Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, and fruits such as pineapples, apples, and papayas are recommended. Avoid heavy foods like red meat, dairy, and fried foods, as they hinder the cleansing process and are known to cause skin impurities.
Springtime is your time for a fresh start, and this includes a fresh start for your skin. Shed the heaviness of winter to allow for spring to bring you lightness.