The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. Spending time with friends and family, crafting and decorating with my kids, putting together creative and thoughtful gifts, going to festive parties – I love it all. But all that merrymaking can be stressful even if you aren’t hosting and, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me, it’s easy to go a little overboard with sweets and cocktails. I want to relax and enjoy the season, so I try to give myself a bit of a break this time of year, but I like to make a plan to help myself detox and recover in January.
Detox baths. I love taking baths year-round, but nothing is more relaxing in the wake of holiday chaos than a nice soak. Epsom salts are a great base, and have high magnesium and sulfate content, which helps them fight inflammation. I’ll customize them for a soothing, detoxifying soak with some of my favorite essential oils. Here’s my recipe for an amazing post-holiday zen experience:
Fill your tub with very hot water, add two cups of Epsom salt, 5-10 drops of your chosen oil (I like relaxing Jasmine, inflammation-fighting Chamomile, soothing Lavender, and healing Frankincense), and add a few pumps of Revitalizing Body Oil (optional) for soft smooth skin. Immerse yourself in the water up to your neck, close your eyes, and try some breathing exercises as you soak for about 20 minutes. Rise from the tub slowly, and finish with a quick rinse in cool water, and make sure to hydrate yourself thoroughly with filtered water.
Detox smoothie. I often drink smoothies in the morning, but in January I plan to focus on ingredients that help me cleanse after December’s indulgences. I look for fruits and vegetables that will boost my digestion, help flush out toxins, and support my system with vitamins and minerals. Here’s one of my favorite recipes:
- ¼ Honeydew – Full of vitamins A, B, C, and potassium
- ¼ Watermelon – Contains vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene
- ½ pint Blueberries – Rich antioxidant and the skin provides fiber
- 1 Lemon – Great source of vitamin C to boost the immune system
- 1 inch piece Ginger – Powerful antioxidant, helps relax and sooth the digestive system
Detox yoga. Many people turn to workouts for a New Year detox, but going crazy at the gym can really put stress on your body, especially if you’ve been a little lax during the busy holiday months. After the holidays, I’ll try to help my body recover more gently with yoga poses designed to stimulate my circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems, which all help rid the body of toxins and waste. Some of my favorite poses include the Wide-Legged Forward Bend, Open Side Fierce, Three-Legged Down Dog, and Head to Knee C, a variation on Head to Knee Pose. Afterwards, I’ll apply Recovery Gel to sooth my muscles and help fights aches and pains, which I’m more prone to when I’ve given my body a bit of an exercise vacation!
Detox skin care. When you’re not eating your best, exercising as regularly as you might normally, and are drinking alcohol, your skin can really show it. Many people find their skin is stressed, dehydrated, or congested after the holiday season. One of the most important ways to care for your skin during and after the holidays is with moisture – I usually use the Repairative Moisturizer in my daily routine, but I’ll be adding the Moisturizing Mask a few nights a week, and making sure to keep my Hydrating Floral Essence on hand for a hydration boost throughout my day. I’ll also make a point to supplement my usual skincare routine with our Purifying Mask a few times a week during and after the holidays, and will make sure to double cleanse at night with the Purifying Cleanser, to help rid my skin of surface debris and impurities. After the biggest celebrations this month, I’ll apply the Regenerating Cleanser and layer the Resurfacing Mask on top for a super-charged, deep-cleansing mask treatment.
Author: Tata Harper
I want to create beauty products that meet the standards of the modern woman: luxurious, effective, and nontoxic.