Spring has officially sprung. The flowers are emerging from their winter hibernation creating bright blooms and temperatures are slowly on the rise. Rain comes to pass in between the sun along the way leaving trace rainbows and whimsical skies. During this time of year, it’s natural for us to begin a rejuvenation process. As nature moves, we move. Spring-cleaning is a common practice; but it’s not just something we can do in our homes and gardens, it’s also something we can do in our daily skin care routines.
It’s time to reset the skin much like we would sow the seeds in a garden. By approaching skin care much like you would grow a spring garden, it’s easy to see the steps necessary to achieve vibrant radiant beauty.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
The first step to preparing a garden, is to clear the remains of the previous crops. The same is true for the skin. Winter can cause dehydration and dullness as the body works to protect us from the elements. Cleansing and exfoliation will remove any excess build up, reviving the palette of the body.
- African Black Soap supports deep skin cleansing and is a wonderful way to wash away excess build up and accumulation.
- Traditional dry brushing can stimulate your lymphatic system promoting the release of toxic build up. Your lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating cellular waste. Once the waste is collected from your tissues, it’s transported to your blood for elimination. This process is known as lymphatic drainage. Waste and toxins can build up causing lymphatic congestion. The process of dry brushing can act as a powerful detoxification aid to relieve this congestion. Plus, the dry brush will exfoliate away dead skill cells resting on the skin surface.
Now that the garden is prepped and all the old plant matter is removed, the soil can be reseeded and the regrowth process can begin. Nourishing the skin with nutrient dense organic oils will hydrate the epidermis and promote a luxurious soft feel.
- Hot or irritated skin can be cooled with oils such as avocado, calendula or coconut.
- Cool or dry skin is best met with hydration from oils such as sesame or macadamia nut.
- For neutral skin types, African shea oil is both balancing and moisturizing.
Water and Protect
The final step to keep the garden in bloom is to both water and provide protection. It’s imperative to stay hydrated and protect your skin.
Water is essential to skin vibrancy and health. The most common and accepted water intake is known as the 8x8 Rule. This rule states your daily water intake should be approximately eight, 8 ounce glasses of water every day. If you are participating in vigorous exercise, or in a very hot climate, increase your intake accordingly.
Science has proven that sun and cold can cause skin damage, so it’s important to take the proper steps to protect yourself. Body butters shield your skin and lock in moisture all day long. African shea butter and cocoa butter are both extremely effective and the choice is up to you as to which you might prefer to implement into your daily skin care routine.
By following these three simplistic steps; preparation, nourishment and protection - your skin will be healthy, happy and radiant this spring. Sign up for our newsletter to continue learn more about organic skin care that will keep you glowing and vibrant.