Pamper Yourself with a Full Body Detox

Last weekend I felt especially blessed to be living in Southern California. The weather was amazing and it was the perfect time to just relax, unwind and take it all in. I was feeling a little uneasy, however that it was just a reminder that swimsuit season is right around the corner, or rather, it was already here for some. Knowing that I’m not exactly prepared to slip into that bikini without doing some work, I wanted to first focus on my skin and do a body detox. I took the weekend to do just that and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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To begin my detox I started with an infrared sauna treatment. The sauna is one of the most effective ways to detoxify and simultaneously speed up metabolism. Thank you Groupon for making me aware of infrared saunas, because of this I was able to experience one for the first time and got a nice deal in doing so. I was never aware of all the benefits of infrared treatments but they are amazing for your skin!  In comparison to wet-heat saunas, infrared heat waves reach the body more directly without having to heat the air inside the sauna to achieve results. This makes breathing more comfortable and the sauna atmosphere more enjoyable. Far infrared increases the body’s core temperature and results in a much deeper, more detoxifying sweat from the cellular level of the skin where many toxins are stored. This kind of heat therapy is known to help acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and any skin lesions or cuts. It also makes skin look radiant, reduces wrinkles, firms and improves skin tone and elasticity. Regular use may also lessen the appearance of scars, help burns heal significantly and help reduce cellulite trapped beneath the skin.

After the sauna I felt great and decided to take in some sun at the beach to prep my skin for the months to come. You can experience a number of health benefits from moderate amounts of sun bathing, like calcium absorption and production of Vitamin D, but I emphasize the importance of moderation. Sunlight speeds the elimination of toxic chemicals, including metals and pesticides. It also has a dramatic effect on trace minerals, making them more accessible to the body. Many skin diseases, including acne and psoriasis, improve with exposure to sun. Just make sure that unprotected sun exposure does not exceed 20-30 minutes daily. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to drying and premature aging of your skin, plus wrinkles and increased risk of melanoma. I was in the sun for about an hour and slathered myself with La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, which helped me start a nice tan while protecting me from burns and damaging rays.

To complete my weekend of body detox, the following day I booked a full body massage. Going for a full body massage on a regular basis is one excellent way to help you fight off tensions and it improves skin tone. Poor diet, smog and the natural aging process all play a part in the wrinkling,   drying and general loss of the youthfulness of your skin. Massage therapy dilates the blood capillaries of the skin and speeds up the removal of harmful toxins. This improved circulation helps to moisturize your skin improving skin texture while relieving dryness.

I would highly suggest that you try to find the time to do one or all of these things at least once every few months to detoxify your skin. You will not only feel the difference, but if you do it often enough and take time out to pamper yourself every now and then, you will start to see a difference and your skin and body will thank you!

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