Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mini Detoxes For Everyday Living

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Spring is in the air...We can hear the birds chirping happily during the morning hours...Our moods are slowly becoming more uplifting... Now is the time to take hold of the "springing-forward" momentum.

But how? Small changes over time can prove to be much more effective than trying to make drastic changes all at once.

Here are a few simple "Mini Detoxes" Ideas to get us started:

For Your Mind: Right about one hour before your bedtime - turn off all of your electronic devices. This means your computer, smart phone, Ipad - everything!

For Your Closet: Pick a day or evening to dedicate to this mini detox. Go through your closet - Select every piece of clothing that you haven't worn in months, pieces that make you feel "less than awesome" and get rid of them! You can choose to donate the clothes, or if they are in good condition, sell them on Ebay. But get rid of it!

For Your Bathroom Cabinet: Take a close look at all the cosmetics, medicine, lotions - check the expiration dates on these. Throw out anything that is past their time.

TIP: Most of us tend to hang on to our makeup way past their prime. Here is a general guideline to use in order to make sure we are not applying expired makeup on our faces:

  • Cream eye shadows: 12 months
  • Powder eye shadows: up to 2 years
  • Eye liner (pencil): 12 months
  • Eye liner (liquid): 3-6 months
  • Mascara: 1-3 months
  • Lip liner: 12 months
  • Lipstick: up to 2 years
  • Lip gloss: 18 months
  • Cream to powder: 12 months
  • Powder: up to 2 years
  • Blush: up to 2 years
  • Cream blush: 12 months Cream foundation: 18 months
  • Liquid foundation (oil free): 12 months
  • Concealer: 12 months

Note: These timelines would begin when the item is purchased.

Your Diet: Try to prepare whole foods - basically try to eliminate any type of processed can ingredients from your meals. Try to eat more fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

As you can see, just by making a few small changes, mini detoxes can really help us feel better as we move forward into the warmer seasons.

Now It's Your Turn: Do you have any "mini detoxes" you like to do in order to get ready for the spring and summer months?

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