Summer’s been a blast. You’ve enjoyed countless BBQs, sunny patio cocktails and late summer nights filled with friends, fun and delicious food. And although you’ve relished every second of your summertime pleasures, there’s no denying that your warm weather indulgences have taken their toll on your body (notably, your skin).
So before you slip into your forgiving fall scarves and cozy sweaters, we have a few tips for you to heal, repair and detox your body just in time for the change in seasons. Below are 4 ways to detox and replenish after summer:
1. Eat Food Rich in Detox Properties
One of the best ways to detox your body is through the food you eat. Introducing fresh fruits and veggies into your diet is a start but why not take it a step further by selecting produce with high detoxification properties? Produce like cabbage, beets, dark leafy greens, apples, garlic and onions are known for their liver-cleansing properties. These detox foods will help clear and cleanse your system so you feel and look your best (PopSugar).
Healthy tip: Instead of buying your salad dressings - try making your own. Add extra flavor and zest to your salad dressing with a sprinkle of detox spices and herbs like turmeric, dill and ginger (Women’s Health).
Detox Recipe: For beautiful post-summer skin - try this Autumn Chopped Salad recipe.
2. Bring Your Skin Back to Balance
Although you’ve given your skin a healthy dose of vitamin D this summer, you may also notice that your complexion has been subject to post-summer damage. Too much sun, excess humidity, and not enough sleep have given way to a few new breakouts and left your skin looking puffy, uneven and flaky.
To reverse summer damage, we recommend bringing your complexion back to balance with Eminence Organics products rich in detoxifying ingredients like citrus, leafy greens and spices (paprika). Below are a few product recommendations from consumer and industry publications:
Publication: Organic Spa Magazine
Product: Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum
Star Detox ingredient: Kale
“Kale is a must-have for your skin…thanks to lutein, which is converted to vitamin A, giving a collagen boost that helps ward off wrinkles, evens tone and keeps skin smooth and luminous.”
Publication: Palm Beach Illustrated
Product: Eight Greens Phyto Masque
Star Detox Ingredient: Whole plants & seeds
“We avoid chemicals in food, so why not in skin care? Go natural with Éminence Eight Greens Phyto Masque featuring [detoxing] whole plants and seeds.”
3. Drink more water
Sipping on frozen margaritas, cool wheat ales and chilled rosés are just a few of the ways that you satisfied your thirst this past summer. Although these tasty beverages are refreshing as they’re going down, the after-effects are not as pleasant. Not only is alcohol dehydrating, summer cocktails are often loaded with sugar and other additives that cause inflammation. To counteract the negative effects of alcohol, there’s a simple solution: drink more water. Take a break from cocktails and replace them with plenty of water (lemon water for the best results). Water hydrates your skin from the inside out while lemon juice helps with detoxification. This simple combo also helps alkalize your body and boosts digestion. (PopSugar).
For water that’s just as fancy as your favorite cocktail - try fruit-infused water recipes.
4. Sweat it out and Rest it out
Exercise and sleep. These are two simple things that you can do to restore and detox your body post-summer. Exercise increases blood flow and allows you to sweat out toxins naturally, while a good sleep is critical to maintaining your body’s metabolic equilibrium (Daily Mail UK). According to Body Lab, “irregular or inadequate sleep can profoundly alter circadian rhythms and compromise or impede these important detoxification pathways in the liver”. The takeaway – fit in a solid sweat-sesh several times a week and at least 7-8 hours a sleep every night to keep your body’s natural detoxification systems operating at full capacity.
What healthy steps do you take to detox your body post-summer? Tell us in the comments below.
This article was origninally published by Christie Pike in 2015.