Glowing Skin after the Holidays Part: I

So the holidays are almost over and your skin is freaking out because of all the heavy makeup you’ve been wearing to parties and the indulgent foods you’ve been eating. And now you’re freaking out because your skin is freaking out and then you freak everyone out because you look kinda freaky.

Or is that just me?

Today I am going to give you five of my favourite topical remedies to clear tired, inflamed skin so it beautiful and glowing for the new year!

Let’s get started…

1. Ditch the Makeup

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Even for just a short amount of time, ditch the makeup! You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it can make. Try and go without it for a minimum of three days, go longer if you can! When you begin to wear it again, make sure that it’s 100% natural and organic. Free of parabens, nasty chemicals and all that jazz. A post on my favourite cruelty-free cosmetics will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

2.  Clay masks to the rescue!

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Clay masks are a must. Calcium bentonite clay deeply cleans the pores and brings up all of that gunk that’s been accumulating. It’s great if you have blackheads or bumps just under the surface of the skin. It is also said to be soothing for psoriasis and eczema. Mix equal parts of clay with apple-cider vinegar or water. Apply a thick layer to the skin and leave it for 15 minutes or until dry. You can also add some to a hot bath for a detox bath! You can find this at a local pharmacy or any health food store. I bought mine from here: http://www.iherb.com/aztec-secret-indian-healing-clay-1-lb-454-g/29363

3. Sweat it out

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While stimulating the lymphatic system with exercise will surely help to clear your problem areas, you might not feel like it, so, try a steam facial! Simply pour hot water into a bowl, place a towel over your head and sit there for about 10 minutes. It might seem a bit tedious, but overall it’s really relaxing. You can also put a few drops of essential oil, such as eucalyptus, to add to the cleansing process. I suggest once you’re finished steaming to put on a face mask directly after, so it soaks in and cleans everything out.

4. Manuka Honey Mask

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No, it’s not technically vegan…but for the amount of times I have been stung by a bee, I think using it is justifiable. Manuka honey works wonders for blemished skin because of it’s anti-bacterial properties. It helps to balance the skins pH,  and the amino acids scrub away all the dead skin cells. This sticky substance is your skins new best friend! Or worst enemy, depending on how you want to look at it. 😉

5. Dress it down, oil it up!

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Basic rule of chemistry: Like dissolves like. Chuck your toxic cleansers, facial creams and spot treatments. Start fresh and use oil…to get rid of your oil! If you think about it, all these cleansers strip our skin of moisture, that’s the point. Our skin in return then produces more oil which causes us to break out. By cleansing our face with oil, we lower that production of sebum, which = no breakouts! Follow this guide:

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Astringent Oil to 70% Carrier Oil

Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Astringent Oil to 80% Carrier Oil.

Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Astringent Oil to 90% Carrier Oil.

Some ideas for astringent oils are: Castor, Tea tree and Oregano oils. For carrier oils try Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Sea Buckthorn, or Grapeseed. Also, if you’re prone to scarred skin: try Tamanu oil!

The method is to simply mix the oils and rub on to your skin in circular motion for 1-2 minutes. You don’t need to have a previously cleaned face either. Once you’ve rubbed it all in, grab a face cloth, soak it with hot water and lay over top of of your face to steam it all in. Do this two or three times and then rinse your face with cold water and pat dry. Voilà!

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Don’t let your post holiday skin get you down! The key to great skin is simplicity and time. Try some of these methods to kick start a new year of a new beautiful you!

Do you have any skin care secrets that you swear by? Do tell in the comments below!

~Alexa

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