Friday, March 28, 2014

What are natural, not-insane ways to get ready for skin-baring season?

This is what Dr. Taz, from Prevention Magazine, Living Healthy Naturally has to say about a few key things we can do for ourselves to get ready for the warmer weather.  **Are my responses.

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia On Natural Ways To Get Ready For Summer

Ask Dr. Taz: How Can I Get Ready For Skin-Baring Season Without Going Nuts?

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, MD
Q: What are natural, not-insane ways to get ready for skin-baring season?
A: This is the perfect time for all of us to shed our winter coats—the dry, flaky skin from bitter cold and indoor heat and the extra pounds we accrued as a result of winter's slower pace. Here's my personal spring detox regimen.
Clean out the fridge.
This is spring cleaning for your health. Get rid of all the bad stuff and load the produce bin with lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, picking at least five different kinds every week. Cook them, juice them, or eat them raw—it doesn't matter, as long as you get a minimum of five servings a day (though we're partial to these delicious, green drinks). To jump-start your spring detox, drink 7 ounces of fresh juice daily, and pick 3 days of the week to eat only fruits and veggies. This burst of antioxidants will flood your skin with oxygen, resulting in a healthy glow. The fiber from fresh produce helps clean out the colon, getting rid of all those winter excesses.

**Beginning on Sunday, I am beginning another journey, which I hope will be my last, to a healthy lifestyle.  2 nights a week I will be drinking my dinner.  Either a juicing or a smoothie, made with whole fruits and veggies.  This will be a wonderful way to introduce kale, beets, and many other new varieties of produce to my diet.  It will also allow my body a way to detox bit by bit.
Do whatever it takes to break a sweat every day—run, walk briskly, bike, do yoga. Sweating is the body's natural way of getting rid of impurities, and even 10 minutes a day activates that mechanism. If you can't exercise, then sit in a sauna or steam room or soak in a whirlpool.

**I am committing to 20 minutes 3 days a week to sweating.  Yes, I will be working with free dumbbells.  I have varying weights and will be able to mix it up and keep my body guessing about what exercises I will choose on any given day.  Not a big commitment, but a little goes a long way.  
Scrub your arms and legs.
With a dry brush, use gentle strokes to slough off dead skin. Then apply a mixture of 1 cup coconut oil with ¼ cup sea salt or brown sugar (be sure to be careful—oil is slippery), and scrub it all off with a loofah (watch a tutorial video, here).

**I have used a dry skin brush for several years now and it is a simple way to exfoliate my skin.  To dry brush my entire body may take 1 full minute.  Dry skin brushing is also a terrific way encourage new skin cell growth and increase circulation.  I have never used the sugar oil scrub, but I think I may try this concoction out.
TASNEEM BHATIA, MD, is medical director and founder of the Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine.
I can really relate to the picks Dr. Taz has chosen.  Simple, realistic goals that each one of us can achieve with a bit of determination and self Love.  
Do you think you may try any of these tips?  If not how will you get ready for skin-baring season?


  1. I am interested in skin brushing, but I'm afraid it will irritate my sensitive skin. I guess I could try it on a small area first to see if my skin freaks out about it.

    1. Skin brushing is great for all skin types. The only precaution I would take would be to use a softer bristle brush. Once your skin becomes used to the sensation you can increase the pressure and the bristle hardness.

  2. Hey Barbara,

    I love all of this, I really do especially the loafer and dead skin, after this winter I am afraid if I scrub to hard I will disappear!! hehe..... I really ant to get and start juicing too, good luck, keep us up to date as to how it goes..... Whoot whoot Summer here come the hot mama's...

    1. You are so right. We still have almost 3 months to get ready for Summer!

  3. Ok I have used this recipe for years, it is so good that every third Monday I have THREE of these loaves waiting for the teen to take to school so that AP English Lit, Biology and Drama classes can have a slice.....

    Prep Time 15 min Total Time 2 hr 30 min Servings 16

    1 1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup sugar

    3/4 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2 medium)

    1 container (6 oz) Greek Fat Free plain yogurt

    1/3 cup vegetable oil

    1teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    2 eggs

    1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 8x4- or 9x5-inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray.

    2 In large bowl, beat all ingredients except nuts with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 45 seconds, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into pan.

    3 Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

    Good luck would love to hear if this is what you are looking for, and that everyone likes it..... :) Visiting from SITSgirls....

    1. How awesome are you? I'll bet you are the favorite Mom!!! Thanks for the healthy recipe. I will definitely try it out!

  4. Ps... Sorry NUTS are in the directions but I never put nuts in... To many kids with allergies....

    1. Ah, but I am not allergic so I will add nuts. Love them!

  5. I had a masseuse do skin brushing on me once. Felt nice and it does stimulate circulation.

    1. Absolutelyy Clara. It's a simple way to get your blood moving.

  6. Hey Barb, great info! I've actually been using Coconut oil and sugar for exfoliating for a while now. And come to find out coconut oil is a great moisturizer too!! Although, I've never heard of skin brushing, may have to try that.

    1. Yup Ellen, coconut oil is great for so many things. If you try skin brushing you will love it.

  7. I would love to eat more fruits and vegetables. I always say that, but I'm not usually successful. I'll keep trying though! Let us know how your liquid dinner is working out - I'm curious to see what you think.

    1. So far so good on the liquid dinner. It's quite yummy. I haven't weighed myself yet. I promised myself only to weigh once a week. I'll let you know. I will say that I feel lighter and not as bloated.

  8. I don't eat enough vegetables so I juice my veggies! I've wanted to transition to replacing a few dinners a week with juice but it's hard with two little ones in the house. So, I've replaced our "snack times" with juice for me.

    I would also like to try dry brushing. I've heard of it before but I've never tried it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Drinking my vegetables is so much easier for me too! Dry brushing is the best for you skin. I hope you do try it.


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