Many of you may have started 2016 with an ambitious number of new year’s resolutions: Eat more veggies, exercise daily, mask weekly and learn a new language … Sound familiar? Kudos to those of you who managed to stick to your new habits, but don’t feel ashamed if you’ve gone a little off track.
Spring is just around the corner, and as the next season approaches, it’s the ideal time to set new goals. If your intention is a healthier you this spring, then why not start with a detox plan? We’re not referring to “extreme” diet restrictions, but simple changes that can create massive improvements to your overall health and wellbeing.
We're sure that Hollywood knows detox best, so here are 3 celeb-approved detox tips to a healthier & happier season ahead.
1. Bring Digestion Back to Balance with Fiber, Probiotics & Water
The first step to your spring detox is getting your digestion back in check. A properly functioning digestive system means that your body absorbs nutrients and expels toxins. The solution to balancing your digestive tract is simple: water, fiber and probiotics - all three help promote friendly bacteria in the colon and flush the system of toxins. While healthy bacteria work from the inside out to clear your complexion, they also have a number of benefits as a skin care ingredient. InStyle Magazine raves about our Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer:
“For soothing hydration that also keeps acne under control, check out this ultralight moisturizer formulated with tea-tree oil, shea butter, willow-bark extract, and probiotics.”
Celeb Detox Tip: Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese tells Vogue Magazine that she credits her beautiful skin to both genetics, healthy habits and natural lifestyle choices. This burlesque beauty starts every morning with a large glass of water. She then follows with her breakfast of choice, a fiber-packed smoothie - “I have a green smoothie, which is 70 percent green and 30 percent fruit, as advised in Kimberly Snyder’s book Beauty Detox Foods”. She also stays clear of toxins when it comes to her beauty routine - "I’m getting great results from the natural Éminence line. It makes me feel good to be using fewer (possibly toxic) products!" comments Dita in an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine.
2. Spice Up Your Food & Skin Care
In addition to being jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants, spices like turmeric, paprika and ginger have anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties. Turmeric, for example, is known for protecting the liver against toxic damage and even helps regenerate damaged liver cells (Bodyandsoul.com.au). To receive these spicy detox benefits, try adding a little zest to your soups and smoothies, or even try spicing up your skin care routine. For the skin-rejuvenating benefits of paprika try our Eight Greens Phyto Masque - Hot and our Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment, and for a touch of turmeric, try our new VitaSkin™ Bright Skin Targeted Treatment.
Celeb Detox Tip: Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton, a timeless beauty and Éminence fan, also swears by the inflammation-reducing, beauty-boosting benefits of turmeric: “I’ll use those moisturizers with a little color in them, then I’ll add a few drops of turmeric powder, which is naturally anti-inflammatory and gives a slight sun-kissed look.”
3. Lower Your Sugar Intake
Fructose can be extremely damaging to your liver. If consumed in excess, an over indulgence of sugar can cause non-alcohol fatty liver disease which disrupts the body’s natural metabolic and detoxification process, not to mention the effects of aging on the skin (bodyandsoul.com.au). Moral of the story? By limiting or reducing your sugar intake entirely, you’re giving your liver a fighting chance at removing toxins from the body. The result? Improved health and a glowing complexion.
Celeb Detox Tip: Madonna
The one and only Madonna is well aware of the benefits of a sugar-free diet. When this ageless beauty is ready for a detox, she’s been known to follow a macrobiotic diet. This meal plan involves removing meat, dairy, sweeteners and sugar from the diet (Daily Mail UK). When it comes to her skin care, Madonna also opts for natural, toxin-free products. Her Éminence favorites include our Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum and Coconut Sugar Scrub.
What are your spring detox tips? Tell us in the comments below.
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This post was originally published in March, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.