In various ballets, we have to wear body make up; white cake make up on our bodies to give a more ethereal and even appearance across the corps in the white ballets, tan body make up to fit more into the setting of a ballet or brightly coloured make up for special characters. In Nutcracker, as a Snowflake we streak our bodies with some really toxic-smelling silver shimmer paint- it looks divine but it stays left in your pores for a good while. After 24 shows of Nutcracker, it’s safe to say we look a little like a disco ball!
My favourite coffee bean body scrub
A new discovery, the La Mav Coffee Bean Body Scrub has been an indulgent treat for me at least twice a week during Nutcracker and will continue in the holidays because it’s just so good! Other than giving your skin cells a really good clean it smells heavenly with the Lemon Myrtle Oil. A whole sensory experience!
La Mav Coffee Bean Body Scrub exfoliates dead skin cells, promotes cell regeneration while reducing the appearance of cellulite (for the record, yes I have cellulite, I am human and I have made peace with the fact that it’s there. It’s really just about connective tissue not how I feel about myself. I don’t go out of my way to ‘get rid of it’ as good circulation i.e. exercise and body scrubbing is good for you in other ways. Do not let your cellulite get you down – it’s not worth it!)
How does it work
It contains organic Coconut Oil, Camellia Oil and Macadamia Oil that are rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin A, B, E and Oleic Acid that hydrates, softens and moisturises skin once all that silver paint is out of my pores.
The entire La Mav skin care range is certified organic, certified cruelty free, Australian made and guaranteed to be free from harsh chemicals, fillers, talc, sulphates, GM ingredients, parabens, mineral oils, phthalates and artificial colours and fragrances. How more could you love the skin you’re in?
So does it really matter what I am putting on my skin?
Believe it or not, our skin is also our largest organ and one of the body’s main ways of detoxification, naturally through sweating and the body having open pores for a reason. The skin breathes and what we put on it goes right in to the skin and further into the bloodstream. It’s a two way delivery system of products in and out of the body.
Exercise is good too!
It’s good to know that being physically active is extremely good for cleansing of the skin. Even with all the sweat, dirt and grime it really isn’t as dirty as what it would seem. One of the benefits of exercise is heightened blood circulation as we move, fresh blood pumping through the bloodstream delivering nutrients and vitamins for healing and carrying away waste products.
Another reason why getting moving and breaking a light sweat (read – does not have to be intensive marathon training!) is really good to balance the body. It can make you feel a whole lot better at Christmas time too after a little too much Christmas sugary treats or heavy, rich food. It can help out your other detoxification pathways that are already doing their very best to process it all too.
Detoxification – that dirty word
Now, detoxification can has become a bit of a contentious word, funnily enough a ‘dirty’ word. It’s used frequently in product marketing and advertising and sometimes a little too often in the Natural Health community perhaps. It can be used to sell weight loss formulas that never work, teas, supplements, foods – all claiming to essentially rid your body of waste products that you could otherwise not get rid of.
This is a misconception.
There is much debate about how our body already has the right channels of detoxification and that it does just fine as it is. This is essentially true to some, the body being an intelligent and highly complex arrangement. The kidneys, the bowels, the lungs, the liver and the skin all have important detoxification pathways to keep us in a healthy condition. All of them are working just fine without our conscious involvement.
The problem arises when we look at how far away most society has moved from living with an optimally functioning body living in a clean, non-polluted environment. We ingest and are exposed to far more chemicals than what we were 100 years ago, and our liver is still working to deal with them all.
If there is any way we can balance out this toxic chemical overload with good nutrition and what we put on our skin, then I don’t think it’s such a bad thing. Can it be sold as detoxification? You can call it what you like – it’s just one of my Balance Point(e)s.
I like to think of optimising our detoxification pathways like through the skin. Having good circulation to the skin and being mindful of not clogging the pores with unknown chemicals, parabens and petrochemical by products for example is a small way I believe we can limit the exposure to these substances that don’t lead us to optimum health.
Read more about La Mav here and happy scrubbing!