HEALTH & BEAUTY: Shed the Layers and Get Spring-Ready!

Short-sleeve season, skirt season, sandal season…however, you prefer to describe the season, Spring is finally here! Well…let’s overlook the first day of Spring when it snowed here in NYC. We think Mother Nature likes to keep us on our toes.

Anyway…we believe that Spring is here! And, it’s time to brush away Winter! We’ve been bundled up for so long that we’re more than ready to shed the layers. Not just layers of clothes. But also layers of dead skin. We’re talking exfoliation.

There are several ways to exfoliate our skin, to get rid of the layers of dead skin cells, to let our skin breathe, and to get our skin Spring-ready. Our skin is the largest bodily organ. It breathes. It sweats. It gets clogged up. So, taking care of our skin is critical for proper bodily functions.

Here are some ways in which to shed the layers and prepare our skin for Spring.

Lavender Organic Sugar Body ScrubBody Scrubs:

We love body scrubs! Specifically scrubs made with Dead Sea salts. While sugar scrubs may be gentler on the skin and naturally exfoliating, Dead Sea salts help to exfoliate and to purify and detoxify our bodies.  Body scrubs are typically used while showering. After cleansing, rub the scrub in circular motions all over the body, rinse off, and watch the layers wash away.

Dry Body Brushing:

Dry body brushing tends to be done before showering. Brushing the skin with a dry brush helps remove dead skin cells, allowing pores to breathe and toxins to be released. An added benefit is improving circulation. Begin by brushing the legs in upward strokes towards the heart, several strokes per section. As you move up the body, also brush your arms from the wrist towards your heart. Don’t forget the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands. And, remember to be gentle around the more sensitive parts of the body. Yes…please be gentle.

Loofahs & Sponges:

Use body washes with loofahs and body sponges. Similarly, while in the shower or bath, use circular motions to exfoliate the skin and aid in circulation. If you don’t have a loofah or body sponge, using a terry cloth in a similar fashion works just as well.

It’s important to note that when using body scrubbing accessories such as brushes and sponges, always clean them thoroughly and let dry completely to avoid bacteria buildup. Exfoliate once a week as over-exfoliating or exfoliating too often can damage sensitive skin.

As you can tell, shedding the layers and getting Spring-ready is top-of-mind for us. We’re so ready for Spring! Are you?

Be kind to your body.

HEALTH & BEAUTY: Healthy Summertime Smoothie Recipes

Apples 2During the Summer, do smoothies make up the majority of your meals? They do for us. Especially when it gets too hot in the kitchen to cook. And, as our days get busier and we prefer to spend every minute soaking in the extra daylight hours, what do we do? We pull out the Vitamix! The ice-crushing, vegetable- and fruit-pulverizing machine that transforms solid foods into pulpy, liquid beverages.

While cold-pressed beverages are generally best for the body since the heat generated from blending can affect the nutritional content of the juices, we enjoy blending to retain the fiber from the skins and pulp that help cleanse and remove toxins from the body.

The inclusion of antioxidant- and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, apples, and berries in the beverages help to maintain a balanced system and healthy, glowing skin. Over the years, we’ve tried numerous blends and have adapted some to our tastes. Here are some of our favorite fruit and vegetable blends:

Smoothie Green Smoothie:

water (purified)

3 kale leaves

2 apples

1 pear

1 celery stalk

handful of spinach

1/2 a cucumber

1/2 a lemon

ginger

 

 

Detox:

water (purified)

1 lemon or lime

1 tablespoon of raw honey

ginger

 

(Mostly :)) Fruit Smoothie:

water (purified)

2 carrots

1 apple

1 banana

1 cup of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

1 celery stalk

1/2 a lemon

Remember to alternate the variety of foods that you consume, since eating too much of a good thing can build up in your body as well. And, remember to use organic and chemical-free produce when making your blends.

We hope you enjoy these recipes and let us know your favorites. Have a wonderful and healthy Summer!

~ Naturally Susan’s