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With all the temptations of the long Fourth of July weekend—loads of processed carbs, charred meat, nitrate-filled hot dogs and alcohol—it’s natural to feel a bit derailed after all the fun. (Surely Taylor Swift and buddies Lena Dunham, Emma Stone and Jaime King needed a little detoxing after her Rhode Island blowout last year.) But with a little advance planning it’s possible to bounce right back come Monday.
All the foods we usually eat on summer holiday weekends are very inflammatory, so to combat the bloating it’s important to reach for low-glycemic carbs like fresh fruit and legumes, lean protein like poultry and fish, and healthy fat from things like olive oil and nuts post pig-out.
Green tea also helps as it’s full of antioxidants, and of course, load up on spring water to rehydrate your body. Another thing that’s helpful to sip on after a decadent weekend is Urban Moonshine bitters. Made by a Vermont-based company that uses all organically grown and wildcrafted herbs, a few drops of the bitters—in flavors like citrus and chamomile—in sparkling water will aid digestion, clear the skin and also relieve bloating.
Also anti-inflammatory: Pressed Juicery’s Rose Coconut elixir. And their juices with activated charcoal (like Lemon Lavender and Honey) are great because charcoal is a natural binding agent that helps remove toxins from the body through absorption.
Charcoal is also a key ingredient in Little Barn Apothecary’s Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser ($22), which draws out skin pollutants, hydrates, smoothes the skin, reduces inflammation and tightens pores—all things we need after a weekend spent drinking in the sun. Use Elizabeth Olsen’s favorite Kiehl’s Creamy Under Eye Treatment With Avocado Oil ($47) on your peepers. Sunday night would also be a good time for a facial mask: a few pumps of REN’s Wake Wonderful formula before bed will be an overnight miracle-worker.
As for that worn-out body, Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas shares an easy recipe for a detoxifying bath soak in her forthcoming book The French Beauty Solution—8 ounces white vinegar, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 handfuls coarse salt added to running bath water. Afterward, hydrate with something soothing like Korres Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26). July 6 might just be the best Monday ever.
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