How to “spring clean” your skin this season, and it might surprise you

August 28, 2012

If you’re feeling a little worse coming out of winter and your skin is looking and feeling more drab than fab, Susan Rowan of my favourite new-to-SA brand, Balm Balm, says that Epsom salts could be your ticket.

Says Susan: ” Your skin could probably do with a detox after a long, cold winter. Epsom Salt costs about R14 from your local supermarket, you can find it in the baking section at Pick n Pay. If you want a serious detox session, use an entire box, or start on half a box and work your way up.

It can be quite strong – and don’t make your bath water too hot, otherwise you’ll feel a bit faint.  It pulls toxins out of your skin and if you exfoliate with it too it gives you an extra clean.  Just be gentle…it doesn’t have an oil base so rub very carefully and gently especially over rough areas. It’s a great excuse to light some candles and chill a bit while the Epsom salt does all the work.

It’s a fantastic essential to keep in your cupboard, just look at all its uses:

–   It’s a natural sedative, so will help you relax and calm down your nervous system

–   Muscle relaxant

–   Draws lactic acid out of your muscles

–   Helps with sprains, bruises and swelling

–   Treat athletes foot

–   Good hair tonic, just add to your conditioner

–   Replenishes levels of magnesium in the body

If your skin is still dry, flaky or cracked even though you apply moisturiser often, you may be lacking some important nutrients. A telling sign is if you have cracked heels or elbows. Take supplements like Omega 3, 6 and 9 everyday. If you don’t enjoy the ‘fishy’ taste of it, take Flaxseed Oil. It will help nourish your skin from the inside.

You can even sprinkle flaxseeds onto salads or grind them up in smoothies. You can also up your intake of avocadoes, nuts and oily fish to ensure you are getting the right oils in your diet. Omega oils also help your brain function at its optimum level so you’ll be clever and look beautiful!

Beautifully polished, healthy skin will soak up natural and organic oils like a dream.

To contact Susan, email her here

Feature image via Blisstree.com

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    I love Epsom salts, a friend recommended it a while ago and every night we put a tablespoon in the kids’ bathwater and our son’s eczema is so much better!

    August 28, 2012 at 7:18 am Reply
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