Just like jingle bells and mistletoes, late nights, over-eating, and over-drinking all come along with the holidays. Now that it’s officially the New Year, it’s time to detox. Below we share tips on how to rid your skin of impurities, and some recipes to help you make up for having one too many eggnogs!
DETOX YOUR SKIN
If your complexion is looking sallow and dehydrated, it’s probably the result of too many long nights and getting in too late to take your make up off before bed. But don’t worry. Getting your skin on track for 2016 is an easy New Year’s resolution to achieve. The answer is seaweed, which was just named by Well + Good as a top wellness trend for 2016! One of the reasons why we love seaweed is because of how detoxifying it is for your skin. Seaweed helps stimulate circulation and increase the flow of oxygen to deeper layers of your skin - this helps eliminate toxins and increases the flow of nutrients to your skin! Seaweed is also a great way to get your skin’s fix of essential nutrients, as it is composed of an abundance of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and anti-oxidants.
So how do you get your fix? Two ways: Head to the spa for a seaweed facial and seaweed body wrap, and start using seaweed-based products, like our C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate or Seaweed Bath, as part of your beauty routine!
Detoxing your body within is also important, and is probably much-needed at the moment! To get on track, you don’t need to go on a specific diet. Instead you can try giving your body a cleanse by incorporating more liquids into your diet. Here are some tips:
BREAKFAST/LUNCH – For these meals, opt for a shake over solid foods like eggs and bacon. A shake made with some of your favorite fresh/frozen fruits, almond milk, and protein powder is a lighter option that will still help keep you full. You can also try a juice recipe, that is both detoxifying and energy-boosting!
DINNER – Opt for soups over solid or large meals. Choose homemade soups, or those with low sodium content. Compared to solid foods, soups are lighter and digest easier. Here’s one of our favorite recipes from our educator, Natalie Fedorchenko:
Kale, Lentil, and Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten-free, dairy-free)
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 cup dry red lentils
- 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
- 1/3 cup chopped kale
- 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 2 cups water
- ½ (14oz) can coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to tasteDirections:
- Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic until onion is soft.
- Mix lentils, squash, kale and cilantro into the pot. Add water and stir in tomato paste and coconut milk. Season with curry powder and cayenne pepper.
- Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils and squash are soft.
Red lentils are low calorie high protein food that is also rich in iron and antioxidants. Kale is a high fiber, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant green with a wealth of vitamin K in it to strengthen capillaries. Butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A to get your hair and skin glowing.
How do you get your skin and body on track for the New Year? Share with us all below!