WITH SUMMER COMES HEAT, WEARING FEWER CLOTHES AND SHOWING OFF MORE SKIN. PREPARE FOR THOSE SUMMER DAYS BY DOING A PERSONAL SPRING CLEAN.
Does summertime and the thought of shorts, togs, and singlets give you anxiety? Well, luckily we are still in spring and with it comes a surge of natural energy and a spring in your step. Now is a great time to utilise that energy by introducing some healthy habits to get you summer-ready and feeling fabulous in no time!
A good goal is to simply always be healthier and, by extension, feel great and look great. A good diet, regular exercise, a healthy detox and self-love can make all the difference both inside and out. We know it isn’t always easy, but finding the time to fit these healthy habits into your daily routine will make all the difference!
Healthy Habits to Pick Up In 2020
We talk about this all the time because it is so important. What you put in is what you get out. Simply increasing your intake of fresh, seasonal and colourful fruit and veggies will improve your overall health and well-being. Lots of gorgeous, varied nutrient-dense vegetables with strong colours will guarantee healthful vitamins, minerals, and fibre is entering your body. Carbohydrates are okay before 5 pm as long as you avoid PEWs (Processed, Empty and White).
Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining a healthy body. It helps curb hunger, it keeps your mind sharp, boosts metabolism, keeps your skin elastic and allows you to exercise harder and longer - and of course, it helps you stay regular. Invest in a water filtration system to remove chemicals, minerals and other nasties from your tap water. Aim to get at least three litres of pure drinking water each day.
Exercise is a natural and effective anti-stress treatment. It relieves tension, boosts physical and mental energy and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Even 20 minutes a day will do wonders.
It doesn’t have to be a boring session on the treadmill every day either. A walk in nature in the beautiful springtime can be wonderfully life-affirming rather than a dreaded challenge. Yoga is also great for improving strength, body definition and, of course, holistic well-being. Other options include swimming in the local pool or in the sea, and don’t forget that digging in the garden counts too!
Dry brushing stimulates circulation, invigorates the skin, unclogs the pores and eliminates the build-up of toxins (including cellulite). Using a loofah or natural bristle brush, start at your feet and brush upward towards the heart. Use firm, small strokes or work in a circular motion. Repeat all over for 3-5 minutes. A good all-over moisturising routine is especially beneficial in the dry summer months.
USE PLANT OILS
Pure plant oils can promote health, lift your mood, stimulate skin tone and wake up sluggish areas for rejuvenation. Citrus essential oils offer incredible environmentally friendly uses for your home and a whole host of deep cleansing, therapeutic benefits for the body and mind. Organic body oils are easy to integrate into your life to boost natural skin health.
After your daily shower, while your skin is still damp, you can apply a few drops of essential oil/s to a damp cloth and rub directly to the body areas you most want to ‘wake up’ and tone.
Our Top Detox Picks
Our top Absolute Essential product suggestions for slimming, detoxing and toning would be:
Support exercise and healthy diet with this rich, dual-action body lotion designed to encourage healthy cell activity, aid elasticity, flush toxins and break down fat tissue.
The pure concentrated extract of lemon has myriad properties for health and wellbeing. Supports healthy circulation and detoxing with its cleansing and antibacterial properties. A drop of lemon in your drinking water, 5-10 drops in the morning diffuser, 3 drops on the soapy loofah.
The uplifting citrus aroma has cleansing and restorative properties that support general body maintenance and skincare and repair. It has a specific use in the digestive process to discourage smoking or overeating.
This replenishing, velvety-smooth body lotion is made from the purest natural ingredients. Ideal for sensitive skin, it is absorbed within seconds and the neutral scent allows you to add your own choice of essential oils for personal or therapeutic purposes.
The stimulating, cleansing and revitalising properties support the natural process of detoxification, skin and muscle toning, and reducing cellulite!