Post-Christmas detox guide
Christmas is a time of excess, and rightly so - festivities just wouldn't be the same without all that good food and drink. In contrast, January is for new beginnings and reinventing yourself to create a healthier, happier you. With the help of some experts, we ensure you'll start 2016 on the right note.
As Gemma Clare, holistic health specialist, skincare expert, facialist and TV beauty presenter, explains: all that sugar and alcohol over Christmas can have a negative impact on skin. Collagen and elastin are affected, which means fine lines and wrinkles appear and skin issues like eczema, dark circles and puffiness are all exacerbated. So how can you undo the damage?
"A good start is drinking plenty of water and herbal teas containing dandelion," she advises Cover Media. "Avoid caffeine and sugar. Taking an infrared sauna will help sweat out any excess toxins as will going for a massage like my Detox Me massage, which combines body brushing, lymphatic draining massage and a powerful detox aromatherapy oil blend to stimulate the lymphatic system, cleanse the body of excess toxins and alkalise the blood."
Find out more about Gemma's massage on her website.
Sophie Ace, Sensio Spa Skin Expert and Renowned Facialist, backs up this notion: "I always recommend using face cleansing brush when you want a deep cleanse and exfoliation as these gadgets are just so much more effective than your hands alone," she says, recommending the The Sensio Spa Sonic Facial Cleanser.
It’s also a good idea to embark on a New Year diet. We’re not talking intense juice cleanses or restrictive no-carb plans; just be mindful of what you’re putting into your body.
“I’d suggest eating plenty of liver-cleansing and fortifying foods, such as cruciferous and dark green leafy veg, chicory, garlic, onion, apples, citrus fruits including grapefruit, lemons and limes and beta carotene rich foods like beets, butternut squash, carrots and sweet potato,” Gemma listed. “A good Milk Thistle supplement will further help cleanse the liver. To drink, I recommend starting the day with a herbal tea - my favourites are Dr Stuart’s ‘Liver Detox’ and ‘Skin Purify’ teas - and making sure you drink about two litres of water throughout the rest of the day.”
You could also consider some detoxing supplements, such as the range by Works with Water. help: beautify skin is an apple-flavoured jelly supplement that contains anti-ageing and skin regenerating ingredients, which also help to even out skin tone and reduce pore size. help: clear skin is a soluble supplement made up of ingredients that help to reduce the bacteria that causes acne and breakouts, while also reducing inflammation and redness.