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Boost Body, Mind And Soul For Autumn With This Simple Guide

By Sveva Clavarino

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Autumn is a season of transition and is the ideal time to reboot and commit to a gentle yet effective detox routine to boost your immune system and clear your mind and body following the summer season.

July and August have undoubtedly increased your Vitamin D levels and given your skin a summer glow. Perhaps it has been a period in which you have fully relaxed, had lighter and more colorful lunches and enjoyed sunset and sunrise yoga sessions in areas of natural wonder. Or maybe, this was your moment to take it easy, indulge in more junk food whilst sipping one too many martinis and taking a break from intense workouts and crazy work overloads.

Regardless of what you have been up to, there is no need to worry because yes, summer does bring with it a few setbacks which we must consider when entering the new season. This short guide will help you to commit to an easy mind-body transition, allowing you to embrace Autumn mindfully, more energetically and with grace.

Re-think your beauty regime

Your skin is possibly the most affected part of your body when it comes to summer. The sun can burn and damage skin cells, increase pimples and acne, cause skin rashes, and generally alter your natural complexion. Added humidity and excessive warmth can also contribute to the development of unexpected breakouts and oily skin and hair. If you have experienced any of these conditions, the following beauty routine could help remedy any damages which have been caused by the heat and sun and help you achieve healthy skin.

Hydrate

Drinking more water, at least 3 liters per day, will keep your body, skin and hair hydrated whilst expelling toxins.

Tip: Adding a squeezed lemon to your warm water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will give your body an extra detoxifying boost and will help your skin to recover from conditions such as rashes, acne, wrinkles and dark spots.

Recipe: Lemon infused chia water

  • Water
  • Chia Seeds
  • Lemon

Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to your water and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Then add your lemon juice to it to enjoy some extra flavor and add some more anti-inflammatory properties to your refreshing and energizing natural drink.

Another great way to hydrate your skin and hair is to apply masks. Hydrating hair masks reduce breakage and damage, leave your scalp stronger and healthier, leaving your hair soft and shiny. Likewise, face masks lighten, nourish and moisturize your skin.

DIY Avocado and Cocoa Hydration Mask

  • Avocado
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Honey

By combining avocado (high hydration properties) with cocoa powder (great source to decrease the effects of harmful UV rays and enhance elasticity) and honey (anti-inflammatory properties) you will give your skin that sorely missed glow.

  • Mash half an avocado in a bowl
  • Add one tablespoon of cocoa powder and a tablespoon of honey
  • Mix and mash together all of the ingredients until they are well blended together
  • Apply the mask to your clean face and let it dry for 15 minutes
  • Rinse it off with water

For the ultimate natural skin hydration, shop Cecilia Holistic’s Ageless Crème Riche. A concoction of rose and camomile oils blended with an infusion of aloe and alkanet for a restorative elixir anchored in a nourishing base high in fatty acid and vitamins.

For dry hair, try Eleiva15 hair oil by Myevooskin. Harnessing the renowned power of extra virgin olive oil, their hair formula is fully natural and made up of 15% extra virgin olive oil, sweet orange and cedar essence.

Exfoliate

Gentle skin exfoliation should be a regular part of your beauty routine and is very important for maintaining healthy skin and removing dead skin cells that block pores and cause breakouts. Exfoliation is recommended one to two times a week to enhance skin radiance.

Try Bamford’s Botanic Sugar Polish, a sea salt and brown sugar scrub is infused with essential oils and a rich shea butter balm leaving the skin exfoliated and hydrated. 

Vitamin C and Collagen are your skin’s best friends. Vitamin C brightens the skin and is necessary in order for our bodies to produce collagen. Collagen is full of amino acids which support hair, skin and nail growth. Moreover, it protects the skin whilst filtering out environmental toxins.

For the best vegan supplements, shop the Raw Beauty Lab Vegan Collagen here. Their products are 100% organic and suitable for vegans.

Altrient’s liquid Vitamin C immune boosting supplements are also suitable for vegans, organic and GMO free. You can find out where to buy Altrient’s vegan vitamins here.

Boosting your immune system through your diet will also encourage healthy skin. Fruit and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals we need to support our immune system and metabolic functions. Swap some carb-heavy meals for veggie-filled alternatives and where possible, try to shop organic.

The food we consume has a direct effect on our immune system, allowing our bodies to fight off infections and viruses.

Vitamin C

One of the most important vitamins when waving goodbye to the summer is the immune-boosting Vitamin C. This nutrient can be found in citrus fruits and a variety of other foods including oranges, lemons, grapefruit and pineapple, as well as in some of our favourite vegetables such as red and green peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, spinach, tomatoes and even potatoes, all of which can easily be integrated in your daily diet.

Tip: Make a homemade orange juice if you do not suffer from gastritis or irritable bowel syndrome once or twice a week for breakfast or enjoy a Super C smoothie as a mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Boost your skin health and immune system with vitamin filled foods and vegan supplements

Vitamin C Recipes

  • Lunch/ Dinner: Broccoli, beetroot, fig and goat’s cheese salad
  • Lunch/ Dinner: Kale salad with mixed nuts, feta cheese and tomatoes or an avocado and mango salad
  • Lunch/ Dinner: Wild rice and spinach salad, Brussel sprouts with red and green peppers
  • Snack: Super C Smoothie: 1 banana, 1 cup of mixed berries, a handful of mix nuts and 1 cup of almond milk

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Vitamin C and Collagen are your skin’s best friends. Vitamin C brightens the skin and is necessary in order for our bodies to produce collagen. Collagen is full of amino acids which support hair, skin and nail growth. Moreover, it protects the skin whilst filtering out environmental toxins.

For the best vegan supplements, shop the Raw Beauty Lab Vegan Collagen here. Their products are 100% organic and suitable for vegans.

Altrient’s liquid Vitamin C immune boosting supplements are also suitable for vegans, organic and GMO free. You can find out where to buy Altrient’s vegan vitamins here.

Boosting your immune system through your diet will also encourage healthy skin. Fruit and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals we need to support our immune system and metabolic functions. Swap some carb-heavy meals for veggie-filled alternatives and where possible, try to shop organic.

The food we consume has a direct effect on our immune system, allowing our bodies to fight off infections and viruses.

Vitamin C

One of the most important vitamins when waving goodbye to the summer is the immune-boosting Vitamin C. This nutrient can be found in citrus fruits and a variety of other foods including oranges, lemons, grapefruit and pineapple, as well as in some of our favourite vegetables such as red and green peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, spinach, tomatoes and even potatoes, all of which can easily be integrated in your daily diet.

Tip: Make a homemade orange juice if you do not suffer from gastritis or irritable bowel syndrome once or twice a week for breakfast or enjoy a Super C smoothie as a mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Boost your skin health and immune system with vitamin filled foods and vegan supplements

Vitamin C Recipes

  • Lunch/ Dinner: Broccoli, beetroot, fig and goat’s cheese salad
  • Lunch/ Dinner: Kale salad with mixed nuts, feta cheese and tomatoes or an avocado and mango salad
  • Lunch/ Dinner: Wild rice and spinach salad, Brussel sprouts with red and green peppers
  • Snack: Super C Smoothie: 1 banana, 1 cup of mixed berries, a handful of mix nuts and 1 cup of almond milk

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E also has antioxidant values and contributes to boosting your immune system. It also helps the body protect against harmful UV rays which, even though summer is over, are still around. Rich Vitamin E food sources can be found in olive oil, butter, trout, sunflower seeds, spinach, almonds, sunflower oil, broccoli and kiwi.

Zinc

Our bodies don’t naturally store zinc so it is important for us to maintain a steady source of zinc-filled nutrients throughout the year. Zinc also contributes to a healthy immune system and metabolic function. It is a useful vitamin for fighting off the common cold and can be found in dark chocolate, nuts (almonds, cashews, pine nuts), legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas), seeds (pumpkin and sesame), yogurt and other dairy products.

Magnesium

Magnesium plays an important role in supporting the immune system, as well as contributing to healthy body and brain functions. It helps convert food into protein and aids the repair of DNA and RNA whilst regulating the nervous system.

This nutrient has been proven to lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation and reduce the effects of migraines. It has even shown to help with stress, depression and migraines. The best magnesium food sources can be found in whole grains, spinach, avocado, peanut butter, almonds, trout, dark chocolate, nuts, tofu, legumes and bananas.

Decluttering your life

One of the best ways to enter a new season is by decluttering. Spending time in cluttered spaces can lead to a busy mind which can negatively impact other areas of your life.

Not only does a seasonal clear up give us more space to live and think, it also allows us to re-centre, focusing on what we need to live a healthy and balanced life.

Tip: Every Sunday of the month, remove at least three things that you no longer need at home, on your office desk and in your life.

Keeping a journal can be extremely useful when you’re looking to adjust certain areas of your life. Set yourself realistic expectations by writing once a week and use the time to journal the positives and the negatives of your life. Next to each positive or negative, write down the reasons for which they bring such energy into your life. Gently try to increase the positives and decrease the negatives. Keep a record of your achievements and goals and use the journal to check-in with yourself.

Meditate

Practicing meditation can help increase focus and mental clarity, promote positive emotional health as well as self-acceptance. Not only does it help declutter your mind, it reduces stress and anxiety when you enter a state of calm and harmony. Having a peaceful mind is crucial to keeping your mind, body and soul healthy and happy.

Tip: If you are a beginner or if you have never practiced meditation, there are numerous apps which can help you start with your practice. The best ones are: Headspace, Calm and Mindfulness. Alternatively, sign up to a meditation class near where you live or work.

Inka Botanicals, an ethical and sustainable skincare brand allows you to incorporate aromatherapy and a mindful approach to your skincare regime. Good for the autumn skin and for the soul. You can shop their range here.

Many suggest journaling and meditating in the evening or before bed in order to switch off from the day and prepare the body for restful night’s sleep. Complete your new evening routine in a gorgeous Tautanz linen kimono, the perfect garment in which to unwind and relax.

Yoga

Not only is yoga a fantastic way of awakening dormant muscles but it’s a useful way to relax, let go of negative thoughts and gain more control over your emotions. Having a daily yoga routine will decrease tension, create positive energy and promote a positive attitude and disciplined mind.

Sweatier yoga styles such as Vinyasa, Bikram, Ashtanga and Power yoga will favour body toning and releasing trapped toxins. The alomoves app is great for beginners as well as more advanced yogis.

SVEVA CLAVARINO

Sveva is the founder of The Wellness Reporter, a new digital platform that aims to guide people towards a healthier, happier and more balanced life. Sveva is Italian and based between London and Milan.

@svevaclavarino

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