As winter comes to a close it’s time to celebrate the change of the seasons, looking forward to all the joy that Spring brings. The Spring Equinox marks the end of winter promising new beginnings and sun-kissed days. Various countries honour Spring Equinox, celebrating the first astronomical day of Spring, where the day and night are equal - approximately 12 hours each.
Spring equinox is the perfect occasion to reset your health and wellness, shedding any lazy winter habits and focusing on balance for your mind, body and soul. At LAMAV we embrace a holistic view of health, beauty and wellbeing, with a belief that to truly be healthy and in balance we must lead a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. If you’re feeling a little sluggish from winter, now is the time for a wellness reset!
Thankfully, as the temperature gradually increases and the sun shows itself a little earlier each morning, it makes it easier to find motivation to get out of bed and embrace the sunshine. Start your Spring reset with these wellness rituals to wake your body up from hibernation.
Start your day with a big glass of room temperature water. Drinking more water is a no-brainer, we all know that drinking approximately 8 glasses of water every day is vital for our health. Although a cold glass of water can feel refreshing, drinking cold water can cause blood vessels in the stomach and intestines to constrict, which isn’t beneficial when it comes to digestion. Opting for room temperature or warm water can aid digestion and help you feel lighter, as it assists the body to dissolve heavy foods that you may otherwise have a harder time processing.
WAKE UP AND MOVE WITH THE SUN
Moving your body in the AM prior to eating has many benefits. It mentally sets you up for a positive day, can motivate you to make healthier food choices for the rest of the day, boosts your metabolism and can even help you sleep better at night. Exercising in the morning ensures you achieve your daily movement before the distractions of the day creep in and you become too tired to motivate yourself to do anything physical at the end of the day.
Moving your body is great for your body and mind, but if you can find a way to exercise while you’re in nature you’ll reap even more benefits. A morning swim in the ocean, walk in the sun or celebrating a new season with a cleansing Spring Equinox Yoga Practice is the perfect way to move your body while enjoying fresh air and getting some Vitamin D through the gentle morning rays. While you’re out in nature, why not finish with a morning meditation to balance yourself before you tackle the tasks of the day.
Making a conscious effort to choose healthy food will support gut health and effectively fuel your body, giving you the energy you need to get through the day. A nutrient dense smoothie can be a great way to start your day with a boost of antioxidants to fight off environmental stressors and promote glowing, youthful skin. Try our Beetroot Smoothie Recipe below for a delicious, gut loving and skin loving drink.
1/2 cup raw beetroot, peeled & cubed
1 fronzen banana
1/2 cup frozen berries
2 cups almond milk
30ml LAMAV Beauty Restore liquid to restore and balance your gut health
Add a spoonful of your favourite nut butter for added protein and healthy fats.
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth, thick and creamy. Serve immediately.
HAYFEVER & ALLERGIES
Spring and pollen go hand in hand, and while the vibrant flowers that blossom at this time of year are truly magical, they can be a nightmare for anyone who suffers from allergies. If you’re a regular hayfever sufferer, now is the time to arm your body with balanced gut health and a strong immune system to limit your body’s response to potential allergens. Introducing probiotics, increasing your fibre intake and incorporating anti-inflammatory super foods such as turmeric, garlic and ginger are some natural ways to boost your gut health and reduce inflammation.
We recommend: LAMAV’s Ayurvedic Beauty Powder for its multitasking benefits. This delicious beauty powder nurtures gut health with both pro and prebiotics while supporting overall wellness. You’ll get the added benefits of age defence with a serious hit of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Zinc for healthy hair, skin and nails, along with anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic herbs to support the body’s response to stress.
SKINCARE FOR SPRING
A change in season often results in changes to our skin. As the environment changes, our skin can become dyer, produce more oil and even develop sensitivities. Thankfully, Spring is generally considered one of the most pleasant seasons, not too hot and not too cold. As a result, little to no changes are often needed when it comes to your everyday skincare routine. However, there are a few things you can do to help your skin adjust to the new season, gradually transitioning into the warmer environment.
As the days become warmer it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your skin’s response before drastically changing your entire skincare routine. If you find your skin is producing more oil as the weather warms you may want to consider switching to a balancing cleanser and lighter daytime moisturiser with brightening properties to balance and refresh dull winter skin.
LAMAV’s Sweet Orange Balancing Cleanser as it balances the skin without drying, contains AHA’s for a deep clean, Australian Native Extracts for a hit of protective antioxidants and is suitable for all skin types.
The Vitamin C Serum and Rumex Day Cream from LAMAV’s Brightening Range are the perfect pair for a pick-me-up morning routine. Your skin will start the day with a potent dose of Vitamin C to target discolouration and support collagen and elastin production for a glowing complexion. The addition of skin loving bio-actives will also protect cellular DNA from UV damage while supporting cell repair!
Although spring often brings warmer days, humidity is still quite low and nights tend to be on the cooler side, so it’s important to continue with hydration support for healthy skin. Layer hydrating products before bed will prevent dry skin, supporting healthy skin barrier function and age defence.
We Recommend: LAMAV’s Hyaluronic Hydra Max Serum to lock in hydration for plump, firm and calm skin. Hyaluronic Acid, CoEnzyme Q10 and Quandong provide a powerful shield to lock in moisture and restore glowing skin.
Your evening skincare routine is the perfect time to recharge, repair and boost hydration while you catch some z’s. LAMAV’s Omega 3 Advanced Night Cream delivers powerful plant based ingredients to support the skin’s natural barrier function while smoothing fine lines and calming dry, irritated skin.
If you’ve forgotten about your old friend SPF throughout the cooler months, now’s the time to get reacquainted! SPF should be a non-negotiable step in your morning routine, sitting in between your final skincare step and your makeup application. SPF plays an important role in protecting the skin from sun damage and preventing premature ageing. If you don’t like the feeling of a heavy sunscreen on your face, opt for a lightweight dedicated SPF and layer with organic mineral makeup that naturally provides an additional layer of SPF protection. LAMAV’s Organic BB Cream and Mineral Foundations contain rock derived minerals, providing natural sunscreen for added protection.
DON’T FORGET THE SKIN ON YOUR BODY!
If you’ve been hibernating through winter it’s likely the skin on your body will be looking a little dull. Before you dust off the shorts and dresses, treat your skin to a reset to reveal smooth, glowing skin for Spring!
Garshana Dry Body Brush
LAMAV’s Garshana Dry Body Brush will topically remove flaky, dull winter skin while stimulating cellular turnover for brighter, firmer skin. Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic healing traditions, you’ll also get the deeper benefits of increasing blood flow, stimulating lymphatic drainage and supporting the body’s natural detoxification process. The perfect way to treat your body to some self-care just in time for Spring!
Ayurvedic Body Oils
Now that you’ve sloughed away the dry skin of winter it’s time to rehydrate and nourish your skin to ensure it remains healthy and glowing. LAMAV’s Ayurvedic Body Oils are developed following the traditional Ayurvedic method of preparation to ensure its beneficial properties and healing energy remains. These nourishing oils transform the appearance of dry skin, delivering a burst of hydration for softer, smoother skin. Uplift, Nourish or Unwind - choose an oil that speaks to you and treat yourself to a Spring Reset Massage following our Signature Abhyanga Massage