I think it’s important to have rituals, even if they are simple; a quiet morning coffee or tea, a nighttime stroll, a few sun salutations. For me, I happen to really love my beauty rituals. My bathroom is my little sanctuary, and pampering myself in small ways, every day, is a huge part of what makes me feel awesome. And when I say “feel awesome” I’m not just referring to my mood... I’ve become a pro at having super soft touchable skin. I’m going to share with you some of my absolute favorite beauty rituals that are guaranteed to help your skin (and your mood) feel amazing. Even if you just pick one or two of these rituals you will definitely see results – soft, nourished and most of all healthy skin.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is an old technique that helps to stimulate circulation and detoxify the skin - plus it feels  incredible! This is one of my all time favorite and effective skin healing techniques. It also helps with cellulite, removes dead skin, stimulates the lymphatic system, and helps with digestion. It’s great to do first thing in the morning before your shower. Basically, all you need is a soft natural brush (I use a boar brush). You want to use light pressure and always brush towards your heart, never away. Start with your feet, work up your legs, brush your entire back and abdomen area, chest, neck and shoulders. Then work from your hands up your arms. For a full and detailed description of dry brushing check out this site. Because dry brushing is so effective at removing dead skin cells, it can really help improve skin texture and cell renewal.

Extra Exfoliation

Marta turned me (and many of us) on to the Clarisonic Brush. This brush is great for any problems areas on the body, like little bumps on the back of your arms or legs. I use it in the shower, but you can also you it dry on dry skin as well (on the body, not the face!) It’s a bit pricey, but I have the Clarisonic Mia, which is less expensive.  And I happen to like the compact size a lot better than the regular model.

Moisturizing

For soft supple skin, moisturizing key. Dry skin equals rough skin, and is also a big contributor to those little pesky pumps. However, I’ve found that super heavy creams can also be tricky. If your skin is too coated, it can’t breathe which can lead to clogged pores and rough skin (especially in the summer). My all-time favorite body moisturizer is Weleda Wild Rose Body Lotion. Although it’s quite light and has a very thin loose consistency, it does a phenomenal job of moisturizing. And smells divine! It sells for $23.00, but you can always find it at Luckyvitamin.com or vitacost.com for around $15.00.  It’s been a staple of mine for years. Another great, extremely pure, and slightly heavier body lotion is Ohhh Organic Coconut Lotion. The six main simple ingredients are super nourishing for your skin: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Cocoa Butter, Macadamia nut oil, Kukui nut oil, Pineapple Extract. Take a few moments after your shower to slather on a little moisturizer. Your skin will love it.

Your Feet

I learned this trick from my mom, who learned it from Oprah, and it’s a great way to keep your feet nice and soft. I still recommend all the usuals – pumice stone or microplane, pedicures, etc. – but this trick really works, and is super cheap. Keep a little tub of Stridex or Oxypads by your bed.  At night, wipe your feed down with the pads. The salicylic acid breaks down the dead skin. And then put on a good thick foot cream. You are supposed to sleep with socks on as an extra seal, but I don’t.

Nutrition

As you’ve probably heard, your skin is your largest organ. Often times skin irritation is really just a symptom of an internal imbalance, and nutrition can play a huge role. Good healthy fats are critical for supple soft skin.  Fish oil is a phenomenal supplement with a whole host of benefits. It’s great for your blood, your joints, your brain and nervous system. And it does wonders for your skin. I take Dr. Mercola’s Krill Oil. Nordic Naturals also makes great fish oil (once again luckyvitamin and vitacost generally have the best deals). Flax seed oil is another great healthy fat for your skin.

Whatever your beauty rituals are, try to keep them all natural. There are so many toxins floating around our food and our air, its best not slather them on our skin.  In addition, if your beauty routine feels like a chore, back off from it. It should be a part of your day that you really enjoy… and the results will come much quicker!

Ingredients in Weleda body lotion

Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Alcohol, Glycerin, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Linoleate, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Rosa Damascena (Musk Rose) Flower Oil, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Sodium Beeswax, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Chondrus Crispu