We’re well into Spring here in Luxembourg. The world is going green around us – peppered with golden daffodils, mauve magnolias and pinky tree blossoms. And while we’re welcoming the warmer weather, our skin can still be dehydrated from Winter and needs time and care to transition.
In the Spring, allergens can trigger symptoms of psoriasis and eczema, warmth and humidity can cause acne and breakouts, and exposure to sun, wind and higher temps even affects rosacea.
So we need to adapt our routines accordingly.
I fall into the second category and fight my breakouts by exfoliating (only once a week) and drinking loads of hot water.
Knowing the antioxidant properties of green tea, from my homemade face masks, I decided to give a homemade Green Tea Exfoliating Scrub a try.
In a glass jar mix :
1 Large spoonful of Green Tea
2 Cups White Sugar
¼ Cup Olive Oil
1 Spoonful Honey
A few drops of Essential Oil (optional)
This scrub is gentle enough to use on both face and body. Just make sure to check the quality of your ingredients and to beware of potential food allergies. I loved how silky my skin felt afterwards and the tingling sensation from the sugar crystals lasted.
Go Green with your face masks and scrubs.
The Lymphatic System works all year round, removing waste from the body’s tissue and working in tandem with the circulatory, digestive and nervous systems. Which is why a Lymphatic Drainage Facial can reduce puffiness in the eye area and visibly reduce swelling in the neck as well as the rest of the face. But we can also stimulate the lymphatic system through our gut!
Getting more greens into our bellies naturally helps maintain well-being and can help prevent illnesses.
No time to eat your veggies? Make a green juice. Grab whatever is, well, the color green. Mix them up in a blender, or boil them in water to make a broth. (OK, you can cheat a little by adding lemons or carrots or beets) Drinking green juices before meals helps heal the gut, so benefits the lymphatic system.
Or, try this surprisingly delicious Avocado Smoothie.
Go Green with your gut.
While the argument is still raging on baths vs showers, taking a bath will actually help to stay hydrated as we move into spring. Soaking in the hot water helps unclog pores and allows the skin to absorb products. Baths release stress and sooth muscles. Remember Relax the body. = Relax the Face? Baths also lower cortisol levels to combat premature aging.
Go Green with your bath (maybe only fill the tub halfway).