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February 19, 2019

Don’t Forget the Ice

If all the festivities have left you with little sleep, you might notice some under-eye puffiness. No need for expensive creams or treatments to remedy this problem. Simply go to your freezer and grab a few ice cubes and place them under your eyes for a few minutes. Not only is this a simple solution easy, but it’s completely free. Gently cleanse your face before applying the ice and you’ll notice an almost immediate reduction in puffiness, redness and even the size of your pores. If the ice is too cold for you to hold under your eyes you have several options. Put the ice in a plastic bag, use an ice pack, even a frozen teething ring will work. Just remember – don’t leave ice on your face too long, only a few minutes at a time to prevent damage to your skin. There’s nothing quite like the holidays. The anticipation that fills the days leading up to special occasions, the excitement of seeing friends and family, and of course, the indulgence that inevitably accompanies the festivities. Before you know it, the holidays have come and gone but your body and skin are unfortunately still showing signs of the season. Some of the most common complaints of people in the post-holiday season are feeling bloated, sluggish and just not like themselves. While the holidays usually are the best treatment for your spirit, they can really do some damage to your body. But with a little perseverance and some cleansing body treatments, you’ll be feeling back to your old self in no time.

Lemon Water

This simple step added to your daily routine can truly make a world of difference in your body. Lemon offers many benefits to your skin, but one the most important it its ability to flush out toxins. Lemons also contain high levels of Vitamin C, which is a known antioxidant. Drinking lemon water daily will also protect your body from free radicals and has been known to boost metabolism. Here’s a tip -try to drink your lemon water warm. It will do a much better job of flushing out your system than cold lemon water.

Detox Bath

It’s not hard to come up with reasons to take a long, hot bath and now we have another – to detox. Part of post-holiday self-care involves not only cleansing your body, but also taking time to care for yourself, especially your mental health. A long, relaxing bath is perfect for both. You can simultaneously detox your body and melt away your stress with some alone time. The Internet is full of detox bath recipes, so a simple Google search will yield plenty of options for you. However, we have an easy detox recipe with ingredients you likely have on hand. To make this recipe, dissolve ¼ cup sea salt, ¼ cup Epsom salt and ¼ cup baking soda in a quart of boiling water. Once dissolved, add 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar. After the bathtub is full, dump in the salt and vinegar mixture and enjoy your bath. If you have some on hand, add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil for some added scent.

Aloe Vera Wrap

Aloe vera wraps have been around for centuries but came to popularity in the 1980s. Aloe is known for its ability to penetrate skin and because of that is favorite ingredient in body wraps. Other qualities of aloe vera is its ability to soothe and soften skin as well as heal rashes, help reduce acne and even prevent scar tissue development. Simply lay a towel on a flat, comfortable surface and lay down. Apply aloe vera gel to your body and use plastic wrap to tightly wrap around the body part that has the aloe. Relax and leave the wrap on for 20 minutes before removing it. You’ll love how smooth and fresh your skin feels after a single wrap.  

Don’t let the post-holiday blues get you down. With just a few simple steps and a little motivation you can be back to your pre-holiday self and feeling your best in no time.


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