Fall is here, again, and usually with transition seasons (Fall, Spring) one hears about detoxification and putting your body through a bit of a cleanse in order to give the liver a good thorough cleaning.
However, it’s not just the liver that is responsible for elimination of toxins in the body. There’s the lungs, which rids our body of the waste product CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), the kidneys, our mucous membranes (nose, eyes) our digestive system (of which the liver is actually a part of) and the one that many of us forget about – the SKIN.
I’m sure all of us have, at some point or another, suffered from some sort of skin condition – whether it be as stress-inducing as acne, psoriasis or eczema, or as mild as a heat rash or hives. All in all, the skin is our body’s quickest way of getting rid of certain types of toxins, and often it is our skin that shows what the condition of our inside organs are like. Our skin reflects our hormone (im)balance, toxicity levels, food allergies, topical allergies and even stress levels. To take care of one’s skin, the most important thing to do is make sure our INSIDES are healthy, not just the outside, as the condition of our external skin is a mirror of our internal environment. HOWEVER, there are some things that can help topically to keep your skin clean, refreshed, toned and dewy, without using any harsh chemicals or additives or perfumes that many of the modern cosmetics and products contain.
Being of Asian descent, my skin tends to spot very easily in the sun. I’m not talking about freckles – I get those too with prolonged exposure to the sun – but Asian skin tends to get these irregularly shaped blobs that look more like age-spots, but are in fact sun spots. And it’s not just Asian skin – sensitive skin or skin with higher amounts of pigmentation or melanin, tend to get sunspots as well. So while putting on a broad spectrum sunscreen might seem like the obvious solution, one has to be aware that not all sunscreens are created equally – and to make sure that you choose a sunscreen that isn’t just loaded with chemicals (many of which seem to be linked to cancer.)
Which brings me to my little all-natural trick for smoothing out your skin, exfoliating that surface layer and releasing those dead skin cells AND evening out the skin tone to lighten and brighten any of the damage that the summer may have brought to your sun-kissed cheeks.
1/2 Lemon – juiced into a glass jar
1/4 cup organic sugar – mixed into the lemon juice
I like to stir in enough sugar so that it doesn’t dissolve – so just beyond the point of saturation – so that it stays nice and grainy.
Rub that all over your face in gentle, circular motions – try not to scrub too hard, particularly if you have sensitive skin. The acid in the lemon juice helps to lighten pigmentation in the skin and it just seems to cleanse the hell out of blackheads and tighten pores.
Leave it on for a few minutes until it gets a bit hard and crunchy.
Rinse off with warm water (or you can towel off with a warm damp towel but sometimes I find that a bit too involved.)
I have been doing this about 1-2 a week and am noticing a huge difference in the texture of my skin (so soft) and the skin tone is evening out quite nicely. Particularly for pregnant women who seem to get dark sun spots on their skin much easier than others due to those pregnancy hormones raging about (like me!)
You can also rub the mixture all over your lips to give any dry skin the old heave-ho and say hello to nice smooth lips that won’t look cracked and scary when you apply your favourite fall colour lipstick!
Do any of you have any natural beauty tips?