Nourishment doesn't just refer to what you put in your body, but also what you put on it.
Your skin absorbs all of the products it comes into contact with, and so it’s important that the products you're feeding it are healthy, high-quality, and actually good for you. Your goal should be to avoid any iffy (or objectively unhealthy) ingredients such as phthalates, parabens, and sodium laurel sulfate, and look after your body from the outside in. Here are a few quick tips to get you going.
Let's start with body care. When you're using healthy products, you want to help your skin absorb as much of the good stuff as possible. By exfoliating, you remove any dead skin cells that might be obstructing absorption (or clogging pores).
A natural, sustainable, and thoroughly enjoyable way to exfoliate is with a dry brush, ideally right before a shower. In addition, to increase the absorption of nourishing ingredients, dry brushes enhance blood flow and drain your lymphatic system, which gives you a whole-body glow.
During your shower, opt for a natural body wash, such as the 100% pure olive oil body wash from The Olive Oil Skincare Company, to help nourish and hydrate your skin. Olive oil is not only delicious, but it's also antibacterial and infused with antioxidants, so it's perfect for everyday use.
After your shower, lock in moisture and feed your skin with a rich, natural lotion, such as this one from The Olive Oil Skincare Company. The best part about these lotions is that they're packed with vitamin E, which promotes smooth, supple skin, along with other nutrients.
Some bonus tips to help you care for both your body and mind
→ Add lavender essential oil to your shower routine by sprinkling a few drops onto the shower floor, briefly covering the drain with a towelette to encourage steam to fuse with the oil. Lavender is excellent for promoting relaxation.
→ Don't forget your feet! Before bed, rub some body butter on your soles and warm them up with your favourite sleeping socks (cotton is ideal). This helps to lock in moisture and leave your tootsies feeling super soft and smooth.
→ Next time you're preparing a bath, drop in some Epsom salt, lavender essential oil, and a green tea bag—this combo makes for a fantastic detox, plus, it’s like giving yourself a deluxe spa treatment at home!
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