DIY Detox: Everything You Need for a Soothing Post-Holiday Cleanse

Posted Saturday December 29, 2012 9:00 AM GMT

Our tummies think the holidays were fabulous, however, our jeans and skin would beg to differ. Let’s just say the multiple servings of dinner and desserts were short-term satisfactions; ones that now have us fighting sleepiness and breakouts. Yuck.

If you’re in the same boat, listen up: we have two DIY detox solutions to lend your bod the rejuvenation it needs! The facial mask will help to restore a gorgeous glow and clarity to your complexion, while the bath mixture will help to draw out toxins and increase circulation, which means a renewed sense of energy.

So set aside about an hour to yourself (you deserve it), and prepare for the greatest R&R session of your life … or the week, anyway.

What you’ll need:
- 1 Tablespoon crushed ripe blueberries (Full of beneficial antioxidants, which help to protect against free radicals).
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (Packed with Vitamin C, which will lend you lighter, brighter skin).
- 2-3 drops of pure virgin coconut oil (Helps with to fight the signs of premature aging and is also a fabulous moisturizer).
- 1 Tablespoon cucumber juice (Cools, soothes and de-puffs skin).
- 2 Tablespoons baking soda (Helps to exfoliate skin and control oil production).
- 2 Tablespoons water

How to:
- Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Apply mask to face, and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. You may feel a tingling sensation, which comes from the baking soda. No worries.
- After time has elapsed, dampen fingertips with warm water and massage your face. This will allow for the baking soda to further exfoliate your complexion.
- Rinse mask off with warm water and follow with a moisturizer.

What you’ll need:
- 1/3 Cup Epsom salts (Reduces inflammation and relieves muscle aches).
- 1/3 Cup Sea Salt (Helps to rid the body of toxins and soothes blemishes).
- 1/3 Cup Baking Soda (Softens skin and helps to balance an overly acidic system).
- 2 ½ Teaspoons ground ginger (Increases circulation and opens pores, which helps to release toxins).
- 1 Cup apple cider vinegar (Restores acid-alkaline balance to your body and softens skin).
- A few drops of lavender essential oil (Helps to you to relax).

How to:
- Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Start your bath water. As the tub is filling up, add the bowl of dry ingredients as well as the vinegar and lavender oil.
- Soak in the tub for 30-40 minutes.

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