Self Love 101: Detox Your SkinFebruary 13, 2018 · Smoothtalk Ninja

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Hi I’m Lesley. This year I made a promise to myself to kick my dry skin to the curb. I teamed up with Skinvolve to share my tips and tricks for healthy, glowing skin.

Tip #1: Lemon Water

The first thing I put in my body after a long nights slumber is super important. Your body is typically dehydrated when you wake up and craves electrolytes and water. 

My Suggestion: Cut one lemon in half, squeeze the juice out, add a little bit of warm water and drink it like a shot.

One lemon amounts to 88% of your vitamin C intake per day and increases collagen production of the epidermis as well as minimizes dry skin. Citrus fruits like lemons also provide a plethora of health benefits like lowering risk of anemia, cancer and heart disease according to the Foods and Agriculture Organization.

Tip #2 Drink your Greens

They say the secret to youth is found in your blender. I couldn’t agree more. What you put in your body is reflected through your skin. If you drink soda, fried food, and sugar your skin will reflect your poor eating habits.

My suggestion: Try to eat at least 1-2 cups of veggies a day, whether it is in a blender at home, or a pressed juice you find at the store, or raw veggies as part of a meal. If you’re new to using a blender or juicing, try one of my favorite recipes (Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie? Yes please) here. You’ll start to see a glowing complexion staring back at you in the mirror.

Tip #3 Body Scrubs

My skin is extremely dry with a red complexion and body scrubs changed my life. Coffee scrubs are one of the best ways to “detox” your skin. Benefits include exfoliation, removal of dead skin cells, a reduction in appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, hydrating and more. Studies have even shown that it protects against UVB rays and skin cancer.

My suggestion: Show your body some love once a week by using a coffee scrub. #treatyoself (My favorite is the cool tingly Phoenician Secret scrub.)

Tip #4 Check your stress

When we experience stress, our body releases a chemical that makes our skin more sensitive and irritable, hence the annoying breakouts. Take a breather when you can.

My suggestion: I'm a huge fan of the 4-7-8 breathing technique to trigger your relaxation response vs. your fight or flight response.

Tip #5 Stay hydrated  

Since our bodies are made up of 50% water, it’s no surprise why we need a substantial amount to keep our skin in tip-top shape.

My suggestion: If you’re a caffeine addict like me, try to limit your consumption to only 1 cup per day, supplementing one cup of coffee to two cups of water.

When it comes to our skin, however, water is one of the only sources that can slow down the aging process, rid the skin of toxins, and reduce oil and acne. Increasing your water intake is an easy adjustment that offers endless benefits for your skin and body.

Tip #6 Catch your nightly Zzz’s

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep allows your skin to repair any damage that has been done by daily environmental toxins.

Sleeping well has always been difficult for me, but it is so vital to improving my skin complexion.  

On the other hand, if I only get 6 hours or less, my body becomes stressed, causing it to produce adrenaline and cortisol, which leads to acne and other skin complications.

My suggestion: Try  getting at least 7 to 9 hours of shut-eye each night to improve your skin complexion and detox your skin. Use lavender in a diffuser next to your bed to improve the quality of your sleep and don’t forget to put your phone on “Night Mode”.