SFB Beauty: Benefits of Dry Brushing

Posted on: September 11, 2018

 

Dry Brushing…. I know what your thinking—what is this and it sounds so barbaric. This beauty technique has been around for decades and making it’s way back into mainstream beauty and here’s why. Dry brushing has been known for it’s many benefits, its not expensive at all, it’s so simple and heres what it does:

Helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal),

Gives you smoother and brighter skin.

It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs

Aids and assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage

You know me I’ve always believed in the idea, “Sharing is caring” and when I tell you this technique works it absolutely does. Take time for yourself for a change, make self-care a priority, because it is and it’s important. It goes hand in hand with your health and overall well-being. So, why not try it out, you won’t be disappointed!!

4 Reasons Why you Should Start Dry Brushing

 

#1. INCREASE CIRCULATION


 

Not to sound too scientific or spiritual, but circulation is what sustains us and blood flow is the life force within us. For real. Our circulatory system is the pathway that supplies vital nutrients + oxygen to every part of our body and pushes waste and toxins out. Slow or stagnant circulation can cause some serious issues for our cells, organ functions, energy levels and overall health. While skin is our largest organ, it’s also the last to receive nutrients from the body, so dry brushing provides a much needed boost of blood flow to keep skin nourished, clear and radiant. Increased blood flow = serious skin glow. (Stay tuned for my post on how to get glowing skin COMING SOON)!

 

#2. EXFOLIATE


 

Gentle strokes with natural bristles is all you need to reveal smoother, softer skin – no harsh, aggressive or abrasive exfoliants needed. Dry brushing effectively exfoliates + sloughs off dry, scaly skin (insert praise hands emoji here) which improves skin’s texture + tone and preps skin to better absorb moisture. Without proper exfoliation, you may just be applying moisturizer on top of layers of dull, dehydrated and dead skin cells, which doesn’t allow for nutrients to deeply hydrate and heal. Be sure to dry brush pre-shower and massage in this body oil  (my favorite body oil) post-shower, and we think you just might become obsessed with this beauty ritual – and your new skin.

 

#3. DETOXIFY


 

One of the most powerful and important benefits of dry brushing is lymph drainage. Okay, it may not sound pretty, but we can’t stress enough how essential lymphatic drainage is for radiant skin, a healthy body and a happy self. The lymphatic system helps to detoxify the whole body, but when this system is blocked, it causes toxic buildup in tissues – leading to blemishes, rashes, irritations and other skin conditions. These light, simple strokes stimulate lymph flow to flush out toxins + waste which strengthens the immune system, prevents sickness and increases energy levels. Add dry brushing to your beauty routine to promote radiant skin, daily detox and feel even more invigorated.

 

#4. IMPROVE APPEARANCE OF SKIN


 

Smoothing away impurities in the skin and the appearance of cellulite? It’s possible. Dry brushing has been believed to soften fat deposits below the skin’s surface, redistributing them throughout the body and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Whether it’s a temporary effect (plumping + invigorating skin) or a long term solution (removing toxins to rebuild connective tissue) for cellulite, the bottom line: dry brushing works.

 

DRY BRUSHING — 4 EASY STEPS


 

  • Pick up a dry brush (Click here)  and before showering, begin at your feet and brush upwards with gentle, short strokes – always towards your heart.
  • Brush in a counterclockwise direction over your belly (this helps to improve digestion!) and then brush from your hands to your heart.
  • To finish, brush down toward your underarms to help flush out toxins + improve lymph drainage. Always use light pressure – the point isn’t to scrub off your skin, but to gently, effectively get blood + lymphatic fluid moving.
  • After showering, apply body oil  (Click here, here, here for some of my faves) + enjoy your skin’s glow and your new found energy.

Start dry brushing today and I promise, you’ll fall in love with your skin all over again – or finally, for the first time.

Keep your skin glowing all year round, start dry brushing today!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!

 


Beauty+Skin Healthy: Update Skincare Routine

Posted on: October 11, 2016

It’s been some time since my last post on my skincare routine. Here is my updated routine with some of my beauty + skincare tips and tricks that are beneficial for your skin and overall health. Sit back, relax and grab a come of coffee or water. This will be a long post, but an honest account on all my beauty, healthy and skincare tips and tricks. Enjoy!

 I try to make it a daily routine to pamper my skin.  Over the years, I’ve used products that contained anti-aging components. But in the last few years, I’ve began to incorporate more anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I want to keep my skin, youthful, glowing and radiant. I want to prevent early signs of aging and age gracefully through the years. Research has shown that it’s best to start preventative measures sooner rather than later. When you stick to a daily routines, a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting a good nights rest and listening to your skin the results will amaze you.

Lately, I’ve learned a great deal about many anti-aging products and have been experimenting with products that best suit my skin. For this post, I’m sharing my updated skincare routine, along with my healthy + beauty secrets for anti-aging and much more.

First things first, in order for us to look healthy on the outside we need to be healthy on the inside as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle is vital and important in getting great skin. Fruits, Veggies and healthy proteins contain many health benefits along with acting skin solutions. Skincare products are great for our skin, but we can also find active ingredients within our foods that are beneficial to our health and skin. Below are a few staples in my diet that are also great for your skin too. Health is wealth in my opinion. We only have one body, so we need to make sure to treat it right in all aspects.

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Staples for me are:

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Green Juices:

  • Gives you Energy
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Great mix of both fruits and vegetables
  • Aids immunity
  • Aids in digestions
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Keeps you fuller longer
  • Aids in giving you radiant, glowing skin

Fave Fruits: Apples, Pitaya, Strawberries, Mango, Lemons, Watermelon, Bananas, blueberries, Avocados, Tomatos, Pears and Tropical Fruits

  • Diets rich in fruit can help reduce your risks of: stroke, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain optimum health due to the phytochemical many fruits contain
  • 2-1/2 cups are recommended daily
  • Most fruits contain Vitamin C helps defend your skin from damaging free radicals
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant
  • Eating tropical fruits and many others can help restore and replenish your skin stores and helps to give you glowing, radiant skin
  • Helps synthesize the Collagen Cells in your skin
  • Beauty Booster
  • Helps fight and Prevent Acne
  • Anti-aging components
  • Tightens Pores

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Veggies: Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beets, and Zucchini

  • Helps to give you glowing skin
  • Improves and fights wrinkles
  • You’ll have healthy Skin when you eat your veggies
  • Beauty Booster
  • Controls skin tone and oil control
  • Strengthens your skin tissue
  • Spinach contains anti-inflammatory agents that flush out toxins
  • Clears your skin of bacteria
  • Fights Acne (Both Fruits and Veggies)
  • Helps heals acne scars

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Healthy Protein: Lean Meats– Chicken, Beef and Turkey

Fish+Seafood: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp, Tuna, Flounder

  • Important nutrients like protein and vitamin D.
  • Best source for omega-3 fatty acids which is important for your body and brain health.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Aid in increasing grey matter in the brain that protects in brain deterioration.
  • Studies show it helps and treats depression.
  • Linked to help reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes.
  • Helps protect your vision in old age.
  • Signs show that if you eat a healthy amount of fish it helps the quality of your sleep.
  • Delicious and easy to prepare.
  • Aids in giving you firmer skin

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Healthy Snacks:

  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Edamame
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Protein Bars
  • Kale Chips
  • Smoothie drinks

First things first, always stay hydrated. Hydration is key. A great way to keep hydrated is drinking water, at least 11 cups daily. There was a time where I too, struggled with this but it’s become like second nature to me. It’s best to maintain the habit of drinking water. I like to make it a habit to start first thing in the morning, during the day at various intervals and before I go to bed. It’s so important to stay hydrated, great for your overall health and skin too. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s great to load up on good healthy snacks throughout the day. Almonds are a great go to snack for me. They contain the healthy fatty acids you need and want for healthy skin and body. They also help to slow down the aging process.

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Now, aside from a healthy diet is my skincare routine. I like to stick to a routine, and staying consistent. Consistency is key in maintaining healthy looking skin. Although, I’ve changed my products here and there I still stick to my routine for both day and night. For me, I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. Here’s what I do:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Toner
  3. Facial Oil (both day and night) 
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream 
  6. Moisturizer + SPF (Daytime) 

Morning Skincare Routine: 

Cleanse: Sephora Collections : Total Purify & Cleanse Gel or Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel

Facial Oil: On days when my skin just needs extra hydration and moisture (Fall/Winter Months can be used both day and night) Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil 

Toner: Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner Spray , Caudalie’s Grape Water and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I also use Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir to set my makeup)

Serum:     Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Eye Cream:  Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream

Moisturizer: No 7 Early Defence Day Cream with SPF 30 Every now and then, I’ll use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Oil Free in the shade 3C1 Fawn

SPF: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel With Sunscreen for extra protection

Night-Time Routine: 

For the night-time I use products that are richer and can absorb into my skin while I sleep. The majority of my products for the night-time have a lot of Anti-aging agents to help keep my skin youthful, hydrated, firm, and rejuvenated. So, while i’m sleeping they can work their magic. So that when I wake in the morning my skin feels nourished, youthful and well rested.

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Cleanse: (For the Fall/Winter Months when my skin needs extra hydration and moisture) No7 Beautiful Skin Age Defense Cleanser  or No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser (Main Cleanser)

Elixir: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Elixir ( Can be used for the daytime as well)

Facial Oil: Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, for an added boost I use: Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Serum: No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advance Serum

Eye Cream: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Yeux Firming Anti-Wrinkle/Aging Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Rich Firming Anti-Aging/Wrinkle Cream

For Extra TLC Skincare Needs: 

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For extra hydration and moisture,  I’ll often use various hydrating mask and sheet mask. My favorite hydrating sheet mask are:  Nature’s Republic Aqua Collagen Solution Ceramide Hydro Gel Mask, Nature’s Republic Real Green Tea Aqua Gel Mask , SKII Facial Treatment Mask , and Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration.

If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and I wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles— I’ll use some under eye gel mask. They’re great for depuffing, replenishing and reducing the appearance of any dark circles for your tired eyes.  My favorite go to under eye masks are: Tarte’s Pack your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches and Que Bella Professional Moisturizing Gel Eye Mask.

In the event my skin is going thru either hormonal spells or the occasional flair up. A great mask that I’ve tried and recommend is Ballerina Botanicals Detox Mask to find out more about the product click here. Another favorite of mine is Glam Glow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. If my skin needs a little lift and brightening I use Glam Glow’s FlashMud Brightening treatment.

Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. My favorite exfoliator at the moment is: First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish. I also love : Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliant.

Shop all my skincare products by clicking on the product listed.

If you missed my skincare routine and the products I used click here to read all about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it will be beneficial for you. It’s best to always listen to your skin, and give it the TLC it deserves.  Please do share your beauty tips and tricks. I love learning, experimenting and hearing from you. Feel free to comment below and share your photos using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.

What are some of your beauty tips?

What product(s) would you use?

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.

 




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