Beauty School: Thanksgiving Detox

Hi everyone, 

Overindulging over Thanksgiving isn’t quite conducive to feeling beautiful and elegant. As the leftovers in the fridge slowly dwindle away, I like to take this time to give myself a healthy detox to reboot my skin, body, and mind. I wanted to share with you my personal Thanksgiving detox plan with you all so that you can start to feel like your beautiful selves again!

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 Drink lots of hot water, ginger, lemon, and honey. Simply pour yourself a mug of hot water, and add 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey, 3-4 dices of ginger root, and half a lemon. For an extra kick, add a dash of hot red pepper flakes. This warm concoction is the ultimate way to flush out your system. Ginger is well known for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s a natural remedy for nausea and heartburn (read: food coma). Lemon not only helps balance your body’s pH levels, but it also aids digestion by acting as a gentle diuretic. Honey is another digestive aid, will soothe inflammation, and can boost your immune system. Manuka honey has particularly strong digestive and antibacterial properties. 

Exfoliate your face and body. Exfoliation is crucial for getting rid of dead skin cells, and it will make you feel refreshed and clean. This will promote skin cell regeneration, so say goodbye to dull, lackluster skin.

Give yourself a frozen washcloth facial. Get rid of any puffiness in your face by placing a folded wet washcloth in the freezer overnight. The next morning, unfold it, put cucumber slices on your eyes, and lay the washcloth over your face for five minutes.

Take an Epsom salt detox bath. Another name for Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, which helps eliminate any toxins in the body and relieves aches and pains. Place 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1 cup of sea salt, 1 cup of baking soda, 10-15 drop of eucalyptus oil, and 5-10 drops of an essential oil of your choice in a warm bath. Soak in the water for 20 minutes, and then take a lukewarm shower afterwards to rinse off.

Continue to get lots of sleep. One of my favorite things about the holidays is catching up on sleep. As we head into December, our stress levels are bound to increase due to the approaching holidays, higher amounts of work, and shorter days. Reboot your system every night by making sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep.

Do you have any detox tips for getting yourself back on track after Thanksgiving? Share them in the comments section!

<3 Mish

Photo Credits: Clean Cuisine and More, Wise Geek, How Stuff Works, Kitchen Confit 

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