I keep my skin routine very easy and of course toxic free. One of my favourite things is to make Guasha. Guasha is an age - old technique used by the Ancie Asian, Greek and Egyptian civilisations. I find it makes my skin super soft and it deep cleanses the skin. It opens up the pores so that the skin can breathe.
The best thing it only needs two or three ingredients - Bicarb Soda, Vodka and Lavender or Frankincense Essential Oils (optional).
It only takes a few minutes to make and this is what you need:
- Bicarb Soda (make sure it's aluminum free)
- Cheap triple distilled Vodka
- Lavender or Frankincense Essential Oil
You will need a glass jar with a big enough opening to reach your hand in.
Fill the jar with 80% bicarbonate soda, then fill and saturate with vodka until you reach a level about 1 cm above the bicarb soda. Mix in a few drops Essential Oil. This will make a nice putty-like consistency that can be used as a body scrub. Always make sure to seal the jar after use, as it will evaporate quickly and turn really hard.
When you shower, simply rinse your whole body, turn off the water and add a tablespoon or so of the Guasha mixture onto a loofah or body glove for each of your limbs.
Firmly scrub over your entire body. I even scrub my face, just be gentle on the face at first.
Then get back under the water and completely rinse your skin. Squeaky clean!
Why is this detox so powerful?
Bicarbonate soda is highly alkaline. It kills acidic bacteria that build up in the skin. The skin has seven layers of dermis and epidermis and a lot of stuff can accumulate in the skin. Fungus, yeasts, petrochemicals, parasites and moulds can come out as rashes and infections.
Did you know that petrochemicals (in the air and in some toxic skin products) can get into the skin and really block it up, which can results in pimples and irritations?
Using guasha opens the pores of the skin as well as alkalising everything. The Guasha is super cleansing and detoxing and it allows more oxygen to enter and this creates beautiful, youthful skin.
I suggest you do this everyday for the first week and then about 2 - 3 times a week.