Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Smooth Out Your Skin

This post is mainly about getting your wobbly bits summer ready. Although it isn't a guide to toning and losing weight it is a method of body care that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite therefore giving you smoother and firmer looking skin. These problem areas tend to be our legs, bum and tum. Not only will this be about the overall appearance of these areas, these methods will also aid in ridding the body of toxins and boosting circulation.

Step 1 - Body Brushing
Body brushing is a great way to give your body a kick start to the day. Simply take a brush with natural bristles and on dry skin, start to brush upwards towards the heart to encourage blood flow. Do this before you shower to help get rid of any dead skin cells and dry skin. If you have plenty of time, start from the ankle to your knee, knee to your hips and so on until you have brushed your entire body. Or if you are in a rush, just work on your problem areas. Alternate between long strokes and short circular motions ensuring you always brush upwards. Once you are done, hop straight into the shower to wash away any leftover dead skin.

Step 2 - Body Scrub (Coffee Scrub)
This step is totally optional but is also a great extra. I have made this coffee scrub myself to use in the shower after body brushing and it really buffs the outer layer aswell as working into the skins layers. This is because coffee is a stimulant and therefore increasing circulation which is great for cellulite as it is the blood and lymph flow that will help be rid of the build up of toxins. You don't need a lot but use the scrub in the same motions as the body brush and rinse thoroughly. If you find this to be too abrasive on your skin, use a gentle exfoliator or just cut it out completely.

Step 3 - Shower Gel
For this step I use my Body Shop Green Tea shower gel due to it's detoxifying properties, I will just use this all over my body just as a final sweep to get rid of any extra scrub we have missed and to also freshen up. The coffee scrub stinks so if you don't fancy walking around smelling like an espresso, use a shower gel purely to take some of the coffee smell away!

Step 4 - Moisturise / Body Oil
Once I have patted myself dry I will use an oil blend from work called Wake Up Call. This is Kalahari Melon seed oil infused with Lemon, Bergamot, Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils. These oils work together again to stimulate blood flow and also give you an energy boost, just inhaling these oils energise and awaken you so great for when you are feeling sleepy before work. Simply massage into your skin and let the oils do the work. You can also just use a super hydrating moisturiser just to lock in your skin's moisture and to avoid dry skin.

Quick Tips
- Avoid doing all 4 steps everyday, this may actually be too much for you and should only be done once a week, twice at a push. If you do it everyday you may be eliminating fluids from your body quicker than you can replace them and may also feel dizzy.
-Drink plenty of water. When our body is releasing toxins we need to drink just as much water to replace them and keep ourselves hydrated. This is very important, especially we are now getting into the warmer months.
- You CAN do body brushing everyday to every other day, this is just a gentle kickstart to your day and isn't as intense on its own. You may just want to body brush and moisturise, or body scrub and moisturise, or dry brush and shower gel...it's totally up to you.
- With a balanced diet and 30 minutes of excersie everyday you will see the benefit of cellulite elimination more.

-Please be careful when using detoxifying products and essential oils. Always read up on what you are buying. Essential oils cannot be used neat on the skin and must be diluted with a base oil. 
-If you are on strong medication you may want to avoid too much detoxing...it can affect how your medication works.

I am not a trained nutritionist, GP or Fitness Instructor. These tips are what I have learned from working in the Beauty Industry and are suggestions based on my experiences and what I have learned from people who have a wide knowledge of oils and have been in the industry longer than I have.

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