If you think you’re the only one who over-indulged this holiday season, think again. We all do it: too much dinner, carbs, wine (you name it), which often leads to feeling sluggish and lethargic post holiday not to mention breakouts and bloating, among other issues. But don’t let one day derail your health goals or steal your glow. Get back in the game with these simple, natural ways to detox your body, mind, and skin and reset your system so you feel radiant again.
1. Work Up a Sweat
Exercise is crucial to staying healthy. It strengthens your muscles, burns calories, maintains flexibility, increases aerobic capacity and gives you a much-wanted endorphin high. But it also helps your internal organs — especially the colon, liver, lungs, kidneys and lymph glands — cleanse your body from food waste, harmful bacteria and other substances like alcohol. So getting your heart rate up and your lungs pumping is one of the best ways to slough off lethargy after the holidays. Moving your body promotes your natural ability to breathe, stretch, circulate, and sweat. Go for a run, hit the gym for an hour (hot tub and steam room, a bonus!), or take a hot yoga class to sweat out any excess toxins from overeating or drinking.
2. Visit a Salt Cave for a Halotherapy Treatment
Halotherapy, or the breathing in of salt vapors, is a newish trend in spa therapy to cleanse the body and mind. Himalayan sea salt gives off negative ions, which help counterbalance the excess of positive ions (created by chemicals, pollutants and even electronic devices) that we ingest each day. When you inhale salt vapors, they help to reduce inflammation, widen the airways, accelerate mucus release, eliminate toxins and boost your immune system. Additionally, when applied to the skin, salt can help balance pH levels and repair the skin barrier — why you feel so great after swimming in the ocean. So if you’re feeling really under the weather, try it at home with a DIY himalayan and lavender salt bath, or visit the salt room at your local spa for a guided experience.
3. Use a DIY Facial Scrub & Self-Massage Your Way to Better Skin
Exfoliating your skin barrier and removing dead skin cells can be a great way to start fresh. Make a natural sugar scrub at home, like this one we love from Wellness Mama, and gently massage in circular motions all over your body in a hot shower or bath. When you’re done, pat dry and grab your favorite scent of hydrating Almond Glow Body Lotion — a blend of peanut, olive and lanolin oils that protect and nourish your skin. Then try this Ayurvedic-inspired self-massage technique that relaxes and rehabs sore muscles, and helps your system to detoxify. Massage promotes circulation ensuring your tissues have a healthy nutritional supply of blood to carry toxins back to your internal organs to be eliminated from the body.