We’ve ticked the new year healthy eating and alcohol detox boxes. Now we’re looking at taking our detox deeper – skin deep to be precise, with a bath-time detox. Since we started our Equilibrio journey last year, Mich and I have learned so much and are infinitely more aware of what we expose our bodies to on a daily basis. There are so many potentially toxic ingredients in so many products we use each day, from household cleaning to skincare, it can all become a bit overwhelming. However, we’re taking it on in bite sized chunks and every month, are exploring natural alternatives that are not only better for us, but are better for the environment as well.
As part of our New Year Reboot, we’re focused on our daily bathing ritual to get the most out of our health and wellness detox.
DETOX YOUR BATHROOM CLEANING
We need to start concerning ourselves with the products we use to clean our bathroom. After all, there’s little use in adding detox salts to a bath that is full of toxic chemical remnants from your cleaning products. Or having a steamy shower while inhaling toxic chemicals used to clean the shower and tiles. We also need to be water-wise and cannot waste water repeatedly rinsing our bath or shower surfaces, trying to eliminate all traces of the toxic cleaning products we’re using. Here are some great, effective, locally produced, natural cleaning products that will leave your bathroom grime-free and smelling clean.
1. Eco Diva Bathroom Bliss Bathroom & Shower Cleaner, 500ml for R85. BUY / MORE INFO
2. Earthsap Bathroom Cleaner Trigger Spray, 500ml for R65. BUY / MORE INFO
3. Better Earth Bathroom & Toilet Cleaner, 1 litre for R79. BUY / MORE INFO
4. Triple Orange All Purpose Cleaner Wonder Gel, 500g for R93. BUY / MORE INFO
EXFOLIATE AND STIMULATE
Now that we know our bathroom is a cleaner, less toxic environment, we can focus on continuing our wellness detox routine. We want to stimulate, exfoliate and assist the body in its bid to expel unwanted toxins while improving skin tone. Here is a small selection of products we use to help stimulate circulation while exfoliating dead skin cells, priming the skin and body for the deep soak and relaxation stage of your detox ritual.
1. Bellabaci Turkish Scrubbing Mitt, R150. BUY / MORE INFO
Use this authentic Turkish Bath hamam exfoliating mitt made with natural materials as a dry body brush before your soak or shower. Gently brush in a circular motion to scrub away roughness, increase circulation and promote detox.
2. Meraki Polishing Skin Scrub, R280. BUY / MORE INFO
A tart and tingling blend of nourishing nut butter, naturally exfoliating sugar and detoxifying citrus peel essences. With crimson hibiscus “The Botox Plant” to improve skin elasticity.
3. Lulu & Marula Balancing Cleansing Bar, 120g for R105. BUY / MORE INFO
Another great product for one of our favourite local natural beauty brands. This all natural bar is made with a mix of super oils, shea butter and enriched with French Yellow Clay that detoxes and lightly exfoliates for a radiant complexion, without drying out your skin.
4. Daily Concepts Konjac Sponge Charcoal Pebble Shape. Currently on special for R175 (normally R219). BUY / MORE INFO
Made from 100% natural Konjac Root which has been used in Japan as a beauty treatment for a long time due to its purifying properties. This charcoal sponge also has bamboo charcoal that helps to absorb impurities to deep cleanse your skin.
RELAX AND SOAK
Now it’s time to light an aromatherapy candle and enjoy a relaxing, detoxifying soak in your chemical free bath tub. Remember to stay hydrated during your detox soak by drinking lots of water before, during and after your bath.
1. The Seaweed Bath Co. Whole Seaweed Detox Bath, 70g for R310. BUY / MORE INFO
A seaweed bath treatment with natural purifying and restorative properties.
2. Soylites Urbanesque Desert Rose & Orange Blossom Gift Candle, 260ml for R299. BUY / MORE INFO
3. Bare Naturals Body Bath & Massage Oil Detox, 100ml for R180. BUY / MORE INFO
Add a few drops of this to your bath or use as a massage oil to stimulate circulation, boost slow or congested lymphatic flow and promote the removal of toxins.
5. Meraki Mineral Bath Milk, 200ml for R200. BUY / MORE INFO
Another local favourite, the Meraki Mineral Bath Milk will become a soothing bathing ritual staple once you’ve tried it. The milk proteins and acids gently cleanse and exfoliate, while the citrus peel flushes toxins and tones, leaving the skin feeling smooth and supple.
6. Sassui Aromatherapy Eye Pillow Citrus, R150. BUY / MORE INFO
Treat your eyes while you soak with the Sassui Citrus Aromatherapy Eye Pillow. The pillow is filled with rice and fresh, invigorating neroli, lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange, rose geranium, lime, and mandarin essential oils. You can either heat it up in the microwave a bit, or chill it in the fridge for cooling relief.
To finish your bath-time detox ritual, pamper your body with a natural, soothing body balm or body butter. We’ve reviewed some of our favourites here.