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Sunday 19 January 2020
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Start preparing your skin for the warmer months ahead: the Kalahari Salt Scrub in this range is brilliant

Start preparing your skin for the warmer months ahead: the Kalahari Salt Scrub in this range is brilliant

Start preparing your skin for the warmer months ahead: the Kalahari Salt Scrub in this range is brilliant

Have you got up off the couch yet? If not, it’s not too late to start. If you have, you’re probably feeling much more positive about life in general. That’s the release of those “happy hormones” mentioned in the last article. Keep going! It’ll only get better and better.

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Increased metabolism equates to increased cellular communication throughout the body. This is important because, in the process of getting summer-ready, skin cells need the increased metabolic process just as much as the rest of your body does. The results will include better self-exfoliation, collagen production, and repair. With a little help from the right ingredients, in the right products, this process can be assisted and better results can be achieved. If you’re still feeling the need for a little warmth and comfort, try MatsiMela Home Spa’s Warm Orange and Ginger range. The Kalahari Salt Scrub exfoliates and moisturizes, while the Kalahari Bath Soak helps to release toxins from your skin and forms a protective barrier to prevent the skin from drying out.

Increased metabolism (a wonderful side-effect of exercise) means that your body will process nutrients faster. It will also ensure that, while losing fat, your body will not lose excessive amounts of water as part of the process of weight loss. Why is this important? One of the greatest factors in premature aging and bad skin tone is a lack of hydration. Internal and external hydration is of paramount importance in getting your skin ready for summer. Drinking plenty of water, and eating water-based foods, such as fruit, salads and vegetables, as well as applying a good moisturizer such as MatsiMela Home Spa’s Baobab Body Butter or, in Spring, their Ginger and Lime Crème, will go a long way towards assisting your skin’s hydration. Lime has wonderful attributes that assist in toning up muscle and skin tissue. It assists with circulation too, so it is a wonderful ingredient to look for. MatsiMela Home Spa’s Ginger and Lime Range is the perfect combination of the antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties of ginger, and the toning and youth-retaining properties of lime. The Kalahari Salt Scrub in this range is a brilliant exfoliant with moisturizing capabilities that are a great way to start preparing your skin for the warmer months ahead.

They say that beauty is only skin deep. Of course, the philosophical discussion about the metaphor behind the saying is one that could have interesting results, but for the purpose of this exercise, let’s relegate that conversation to one you can have over a bottle of red wine. (Yes, red wine. It has its merits too. Just practice moderation. Too much alcohol causes dehydration, and …..yes, you guessed it, premature aging. Red wine, however, contains polyphenols, which prevent cell oxidation. Anti-oxidants prevent aging.) So while you chill the wine, and wait for the opportunity to have that deep and meaningful conversation, grab a piece of fruit or a glass of water, and read on.

Beauty may seem skin deep, but it comes from much deeper than the surface of your skin. The skin is made of up layers, and each layer has its own particular function. For each function to occur consistently and at an optimal rate, our bodies need certain hormones, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Everything that you eat and drink will have an effect on your skin. So, while you’re reading the labels on your beauty products, to ensure that they contain Vitamin A, C and E, remember that the ingredients in your food are of equal, if not greater, importance.

Oh, and while you’re at it, you may want to seriously consider kicking any collagen-destroying habits, like smoking. Replace your cigarettes with chilled water, and a light healthy snack, or try doing a couple of leg raises or abdominal crunches every time you’re tempted to light up. In just one month of unyielding dedication, you will replace one very bad habit with a couple of truly beneficial ones. And those shorter skirts and strappy tops will bring a smile to your face (with much whiter teeth too). Take good care of yourself and I am sure to have the third part ready for your next read.