Your body (clever thing that it is) is designed to eliminate everyday toxins. In fact, it’s probably doing it right now. And the good news is that you can give it a helping hand. Give your body and skin a fresh start after the late nights and overindulging of the festive season!

Drink it up

Every process in your body relies on water. Apart from keeping you alive (super useful!), water also keeps skin plump and hydrated, as well as flushing toxins out of your system, to help you reduce the dreaded spots. Try to dial up the liquid factor over the humid summer months. Fizz up your water and add a little lemon and some fresh herbs (basil, mint, rosemary or coriander are all good ones) to make your daily hydration feel a bit spesh.

Give spots a swerve

Unfortunately, sticky summers and spots go hand in hand. There are a few things you can do to avoid blemishes that aren’t hormone related, like washing your pillowcase regularly, keeping your hands clean and avoiding over-cleansing. Sounds counter-intuitive, but harsh cleansers that strip away your skin’s protective oils are likely to cause your skin to protect itself by, you guessed it, getting more oily. Essano Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser is soap free and loaded with soothing Aloe Vera, so it won’t strip or irritate your skin.

For more mature or dry skin types, affordably organic Essano Moisturising Crème Cleanser is also soap and detergent free, and packed with skin-loving goodies like Aloe Vera, certified organic Rosehip Oil and Beeswax, to leave skin feeling fresh yet supple, not tight and dry.

‘Round the outside

Trying to eat a little cleaner after the holidays? Here’s a simple trick to remember. When you’re doing your regular supermarket shop, try to stick close to the outside: that’s where the fruit and veg, fresh bread, eggs, meat and dairy are located. The central shelves tend to contain more highly processed foods; so, just dip in for the things on your list, rather than stroll every aisle.

Out with the old, in with the new

While we all love long hot days and balmy nights, summer is probably not your skin’s favourite season – with its sunscreen, saltwater, sweat and excessive sun. Farewell impurities, uneven skin tone, blocked pores and dead skin cells with the EssanoGentle Facial Exfoliator. The exfoliation comes from specially ground Rosehip Seeds, a by-product of Rosehip Oil extraction (so there’s no waste) and, of course, not a nasty plastic microbead in sight.

Lighten up on the go

A pack of Essano Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes will whisk away makeup, sunscreen build-up and dirt. These lightly hydrating little beauties are enriched with certified organic Rosehip Oil, soothing Aloe Vera and antioxidant-laden Green Tea. Water-free wipes are a great way to save time in your routine and space in your suitcase – and just the thing to pack in your bag for the beach!

You may have been hearing a lot about micellar water lately, and its ability to cleanse gently without water or detergents, which also makes it very convenient. You’re just a cotton pad and a few swipes away from fresh, clean skin. Essano Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water contains certified organic Rosehip Oil and Aloe Vera, to balance and nourish.

Skin-Friendly Smoothies

Let’s face it: a huge mountain of green leaves can be a lot to get through. Blending them into a smoothie lets you pack in the same beauty-boosting nutrition and hydration. And you know exactly what’s in it.

Here are two basic recipes to get you started. No hard-and-fast rules – just switch out the fruit or greens according to what you have on hand. Brightly coloured berries (particularly strawberries) are chock full of Vitamin C, which supports healthy skin and immunity, while blueberries contain the potent antioxidant resveratrol. Tropical fruits like mango and pineapple are also a good source of Vitamin C, as well as fibre and pre-biotics to support your digestion.

Chill in the Tropics

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 banana (Freeze ripe bananas so you always have some on hand. This also makes your smoothie nice and creamy.)
  • 1 cup spinach (or other dark greens like kale)

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serves 2.

Berry me alive

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1 mango (Pineapple or summer stone-fruit works well too.)
  • 1 cup spinach

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serves 2.