Clean water in nature

Two healthy tips to get skin glowing..

1. Water

Water is essential for life, but how much water should you drink every day?

To find out exactly how much water you should drink every day, use your weight. Divide your weight in pounds by 3. The result is the amount of water you should drink in ounces. An example for a person weighing 180lbs would be: 180 (lbs) divided by three equals 60 (lbs) - so the amount of water to drink per day that would be 60ozs.

Sip water throughout the day, but don't drink a lot of water directly before or after meals: water dilutes digestive juices and your food will take longer to digest.

The brain is quickly affected by dehydration as it is 80% water and many mild headaches are simply due to dehydration.

Caffeine is a diuretic, and it's a good idea to limit the amount of caffeine you drink to avoid dehydration.

Water is important because nothing in the body works without it. Everything is carried around the body in fluids: oxygen in blood, digested food and nutrients, even nerve impulses need water to function. If you don’t drink enough the body holds onto and recycles the fluid that is available, and it doesn’t get rid of the waste floating round the system.

2. Body Brush

Body brushing can do wonders for problems like cellulite and dry areas. Skin brushing is a fantastic way to improve circulation, stimulate lymph drainage, boost cell renewal and energise the whole body. The skin is our largest organ so it makes sense to take care of it, and five minutes is all it takes before a bath or shower. Removing dead surface cells means body creams penetrate deeper into the epidermis. Body brushes must be natural bristle, and a brush with a long detachable handle is the easiest to use..

Body brushing is done on dry skin, before showering or a bath. The first few times you use the brush, dampen it with water to soften the bristles. On dry skin, brush gently but firmly taking care over more sensitive parts. Avoid very fine skin e.g. on the face, neck and breasts, also broken skin or varicose veins and irritated areas. Skin should be left pink and tingling, not red!

Starting on the feet, brush soles and up over ankles and calves, always towards the heart. On the thighs, brush up towards the groin where the two of the main lymph nodes are located. Brush in a circle about 15 times on the front of the torso: up from right hip to top of ribs, across right to left then down to left hip and across. This follows the path of the large intestine. Brush up both sides of the body, up over buttocks, back and arms. Brush down from the shoulders towards the heart.

Cellulite is a natural part of a woman’s body. The matrix of fibres under the skin is like a net and unfortunately, women have a larger ‘net’ structure than men. On areas of greatest fat and fluid storage, e.g. buttocks, thighs, etc. the fat pushes into the holes in the fibre ‘net’ and Hey presto – cellulite! Brushing these areas helps drain fluids out and if necessary can be done morning and evening. I’ve found it to be more effective than many so called ‘cellulite creams’.

Dry skin needs gentle treatment, don’t brush if skin is broken, irritated, or if you have an infectious skin condition such as impetigo. Dry areas occur where circulation is slow, which affects the turnover of cells. With regular dry brushing, the condition of skin improves because the increase in circulation to the base layers of the skin brings more nutrients to feed the dermis and epidermis and speeds up cell turnover.