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Taking care of your skin means much more than just washing your face a couple of times a day. What we consume in our diets makes all the difference—drinking enough water, eating healthy fats, consuming vitamin C, and amino acids can have a huge effect on the health of our skin.
I always say; why pay for store-bought face masks or scrubs when you can make them at home? Whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, it’s simple to add a little natural glow to your skincare routine with these two easy, homemade recipes!
Every few weeks, my skin loves a good exfoliation. I use two simple ingredients that can be found in almost any kitchen: coconut oil and sugar! Packed with vitamin E and saturated fats that are amazing at repairing your skin and keeping the moisture in, you can use this combination on your face—and your body.
- 5 tablespoons of organic sugar
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Dried rose petals
- Your favorite essential oil—mine is frankincense!
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Softly apply to skin in circular motions to exfoliate and moisturize.
- Rinse your face with warm water and enjoy that fresh moisturized feeling!
- If you have scrub leftover, store in a sealed glass container for future use.
Does your skincare stash include a clay mask? If not, you’re missing out! Not only does clay naturally purify your skin, but it works on all skin types and lasts forever so you can use it more than just a one-and-done sheet mask. While my go-to mask is one you can find at any health food store, I like to add my own spin to it—and utilize my coconut bowl and spoon for mixing so everything is metal-free!
- 2 tablespoons of healing clay
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of water
- In a non-metal bowl, mix equal parts clay with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water. If it is still thick and has powder clumps in it add a bit more water or if its too runny add a bit more clay.
- Combine until mask has a creamy consistency and spread ½ to ¼ inch layer on to your clean face.
- For sensitive skin, let the mask dry for 5 to 10 minutes. For normal skin, let dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove clay mask by washing your face with warm water. Apply for favorite face moisturizer and enjoy your smooth skin!
- If you have extra, trying using the clay farther down your neck, or even on your underarms for a refreshing detox!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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