I really pride myself on being mindful of what I’m putting in and on my body.
Much of my time is spent researching laundry detergents, Monsanto foods, deodorants, B corps, etc. and determining what is toxic and what isn’t.
I clearly choose the least toxic as much as possible for not only myself, but also for my family.
Aside from being mindful of what’s going in and on my body, I’ve been trying harder to treat my body kinder, too. This means lots of self-care.
In this blog post I share my 3 favorite self-care ideas.
Favorite Self-Care Ideas
Dry brushing, or sometimes known as skin brushing, is when you use a natural stiff-bristled brush to brush your dry skin. Brushing your skin is a great exfoliation, especially for winter skin. It also helps unclog pores.
I love it, not only for the exfoliation, but because it stimulates and drains the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is part of the vascular system, found all throughout your body, and is an important part of your immune system. Dry brushing helps stimulate the lymphatic system and detoxifies your blood.
How to Dry Brush
- Starting at your feet, brush in long strokes, up both legs with overlapping strokes.
- Using a long-handled natural bristle brush works best because you can even brush your back.
- After brushing your feet (don’t forget the bottoms), legs, and back, brush your arms.
- Start at the finger tips, brushing toward your heart.
- The key is long strokes always aiming at your heart.
- Just don’t brush too much at one time or it can be too harsh on your skin.
- Dry brush 1-2 times per day, typically before your shower or bath.
Detox baths are my favorite way of de-stressing (which can also boost your mood), removing toxins from my body (especially when I feel cold and/or flu symptoms rearing their ugly heads), repairing muscles and lessening inflammation (after a hard workout is good), and giving my body a much needed dose of magnesium. I try to do a detox bath once a week.
How to do a Detox Bath
- First, run your bath water.
- Make sure the water is as hot as you can stand, WITHOUT burning or hurting yourself.
- While the water is running, add two cups of Epsom Salts into the bath water and stir. The salts will dissolve.
- Soak in the bath water for at least 20 minutes.
- Try to do a detox bath 1 time per week.
Much like dry brushing, jade rolling is a means of stimulating and draining the lymph nodes in your neck and chest.
Basically, it’s a much gentler, totally smooth dry brush- made out of jade or quartz- that you refrigerate and use cold.
How to do Jade Rolling
- After washing, drying, and moisturizing your neck and face, grab your jade roller from the fridge.
- Starting at your collar bone, roll up your neck towards your chin.
- Take multiple passes, overlapping the jade roller paths.
- You have lots of lymph nodes in your neck, especially under your ears, so be thorough.
- Then, roll the jade roller up your cheeks, nose bridge, and forehead.
- Jade roll 1-2 times per day.
What are your favorite self-care tips and tricks? Do you do any of these that I’ve listed here? I’d love to chat! Comment below.
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