A season of happiness and health is upon us. Here are my top tips on how to feel your best this season – from the inside and out.
 
Cleanse Away Any Impurities.
Did you know that it takes 21 days to break a habit, or to start a new one? Why not try this fool-proof habit every morning? When you wake up in the morning, before you eat, have a glass of ice cold water with some lemon. Yes, this is a simple trick in the book that yogis rave about- but trust us, it actually makes the world of a difference. The cold water wakes up your body on the inside, which boosts your metabolism and digestive system for when you have your breakfast. It also rehydrates you after a night of sleep, improves your energy levels and helps your body to get detoxing! Add some ginger, mint, cucumber and other citrus fruits for an invigorating energy potion.
Improve Circulation.
One of the most important parts of self-care is exfoliating our skin. Not only does exfoliating remove dead skin cells to reveal soft skin, but it also improves circulation and brings blood to the surface of the skin to reveal a natural glow. Why not try our Invigorating Body Brushing treatment this season? The treatment boosts circulation, removes dry skin, increases blood flow, brightens the skin’s tone and even reduces the appearance of cellulite.
 
Invigorating Body Brushing at Skinfull Affairs, €40.00 / 20mins
 
Be Present.
It’s difficult to live in the moment when we have all sorts of stresses thrown at us every day, but studies have proven that regular mindfulness practice offers a broad range of benefits; improved sleep, lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety and improved energy levels are just a few of them. 
Every morning, or at a time that suits you, set aside two minutes to sit, with your eyes closed. Set a timer if you like. Allow this time to encourage you to notice how your body really feels, and allow yourself to accept any feelings or stresses that you are feeling during these two minutes. Once you are done, you will be feel great that you took two minutes to notice what’s actually going on, and you will be ready to take on the day.
 
Treat Yourself!
One simply can’t go wrong with a massage. Massage is one of the most successful stress-busting practices, with other benefits such a reduced blood pressure, prevented insomnia and improved posture. Indulge yourself with our ultra-relaxing Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage, an invigorating massage which focuses on your biggest areas of tension. Allow one of our therapists to thoroughly relax any tight muscles and eliminate any tension.
 
Back, Neck and Shoulders Massage at Skinfull Affairs, €35.00 / 30mins
 
The Ultimate Summer Cocktail
I love experimenting with new vegan juices, smoothies and cocktails. Here is a recipe for a delicious gin cocktail that is easy to make and utterly delicious!
 
Ingredients:
  • Gin of choice (I love Ireland’s brand new Míl Gin, which has notes of Olive, Rosemary, Blood Orange and Juniper)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pink lemonade
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Thin cucumber peelings
  • Black pepper
 
Method:
  1. Measure one shot of the gin and pour into a gin glass (try to avoid plastic, which is non-biodegradable!)
  2. Pour in one cup of pink lemonade
  3. Sprinkle a small amount of black pepper into the drink for a subtle, spicy kick
  4. Add the thin cucumber peelings into the glass so that they sit happily below the surface of the drink
  5. Pour in your freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. Garnish the cocktail with mint leaves, thyme leaves and coriander for an aromatic experience
 
Relax and enjoy! (Please drink responsibly)