Ready, Set, Refresh: 4 Ways to Rejuvenate Post-Holidays

Posted on Thursday, January 1st, 2015 at 9:00 am

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You've celebrated. You've gifted. You've indulged. And now you're feeling sluggishly stuffed, over-stressed and tired. Despite your most virtuous attempts to stay healthy over the holidays, more than likely, the only thing you kept “trim” was your Christmas tree.

Ready to re-boot and rebalance after the holidays? Here at 7 For All Mankind, we've got four feel-good, homespun ways to refresh your whole body and skin. Think cleansing smoothies supercharged with vitamins and soothing homemade masques that will give you a healthy glow. Try them for a few days for an energizing lift, or throughout the year for a more radiant everyday-you.

Energizing Beetroot, Cucumber and Ginger Juice

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Photos and recipe from Deliciously Ella

This energizing juice is powered with iron-rich beetroot to combat fatigue and a healthy dose of antioxidants for radiant skin. Mild and refreshing cucumber and celery flush out toxins and deliver much-needed vitamin A, while ginger soothes your digestive system.

Ingredients:

  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 red apple
  • an inch of peeled ginger root

Preparation:

Prepare the beetroot by chopping off the leaves and peeling the outer layer. Chop the celery (discard the leaves), cucumber, carrots, apple and ginger and place into a juicer. Mix, stir and enjoy!

Apple, Pear, Avocado and Spinach Detox Smoothie

apple,-pear,-avocado-and-spPhotos and recipe from Deliciously Ella

This energizing smoothie is bursting with deliciously detoxing nutrients. Apple and pear sweetens the spinach, while avocado makes a fantastically creamy, wonderfully healthy substitute for yogurt. Raw honey delivers immune support and chia seeds pack a punch of fibre.

Ingredients:

  • 2 red apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 avocado
  • large handful of fresh spinach leaves
    Optional:

    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Preparation:

Juice the apples and pear. Cut the avocado into small cubes, place into a blender with the spinach and mix for a few seconds. Add the apple/pear juice to the blender along with the honey and chia seeds if desired and blend for a minute. Drink immediately.

Oatmeal, Honey and Banana Scrub Mask

oatmeal,-honey-and-banana-sPhotos and recipe from Deliciously Ella

This homemade masque works double-duty as an exfoliating scrub and soothing face masque. Oats help repair damaged skin, while raw honey helps relieve tired, inflamed skin and reduce the appearance of spots. Banana delivers a dose of Vitamins A and E for a radiant glow.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Preparation:

Using a fork, mash the banana in a bowl. Add the oats and honey and mix together. (Note: avoid using a blender, as the mixture may become too runny). Apply the mixture to your face and neck, massing into skin in circular motions to gently exfoliate. Leave the masque on your skin for up to an hour. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

 

Moisturizing Body Scrub

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Cold, windy days can take their toll on your skin. This luxurious scrub is made with sugar to scruff off dead skin cells, oats for a calming effect and coconut oil for complete hydration, leaving skin ultra-soft and smooth.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons oats
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Preparation:

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. In the shower, rub the exfoliating scrub all over wet skin, head to toe. Work in circular motions on the belly and chest and strong vertical strokes on arms and legs. Rinse with warm water. Recommended twice a week to smooth and moisturize skin during the winter months.