flower-closeupRemember people: your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is constantly in contact with elements that can harm it. Here are some steps to help you protect and improve the body’s largest organ: your skin!

• Cut back on refined sugar. A large amount of refined sugar can cause a process called glycation. This process can damage collagen and elastin in the skin.
• Choose meat and dairy without hormones. An increase in hormones can create acne.
• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. A balanced diet of acidic and alkaline based foods will also balance the nutrients that are fed to your skin. To increase your intake of alkaline foods, increase your daily amount of apples, pears, parsley, almonds and kale.
• Exercise, exercise, exercise!!! Maybe even try Bikram yoga. Schedule a 90-minute session of hot yoga. Holding these special yoga postures will help to cleanse the organs, while sweating and drinking plenty of water during the session helps to clear pores of dirt and unhealthy metals.
• Start a daily skin brushing regime. Brushing your body with a natural bristled brush when it is dry can stimulate your lymphatic system and reduce puffiness. Always brush in circular motions toward the heart.
• Drink green tea or a glass of red wine every day! (my personal favorite)
• Take a detoxifying bath. There are 2 popular methods for applying detoxifying cleansers:

1. Fill half of a bathtub full of warm water. Measure 2 cups (473 ml) of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide and pour into the bath. Dip your body in the water for a few minutes. Alternatively, spray your body with a solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide after a shower and let air dry to deliver more oxygen into your pores.

2. Fill a bathtub with hot water. Add a cup (240 g) of Epsom salts and a cup (237 ml) of unfiltered apple cider vinegar to the water. This can draw out dirt from the pores and relieve joint pain.

By cleansing your skin from the inside out, you will see more radiant skin!

Amy Bierly, Master Aesthetician