Healthy Scalp Equals Healthy Hair

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If I had a dollar for every time I told someone, in order to have the healthiest hair possible, you must have a healthy scalp, and they looked at me cross-eyed…I’d have a lot of dollars right now. It’s funny how people generally think that hair is alive. It’s not the hair that’s alive, it’s the root of the hair. Think about it…it hurts to get your hair pulled, because the root is being tugged, but it doesn’t hurt to get your hair cut. If the shaft of the hair was “alive”, hair cuts would hurt…and those screaming kids would have a reason to fear their first hair cut. Amazing how people come up with their own myths. My favorite one: “Oh, we shaved his head when he was a baby, so his hair would grow back thicker and darker.” Don’t even get me started on that one…even though I brought it up. Bottom line: Healthy Scalp=Healthy Hair.

All the products we use can build up over time and leave unseen residue on your scalp, blocking your hair follicle from breathing. When this happens, your hair can become weaker, it can start falling out, and it can stop growing because your scalp isn’t getting the proper nourishment. Remember when Neutrogena came out with their clarifying shampoo years ago? The concept was to use it for a week, once every month or so, and after the week was up, your scalp and your hair would be shiny and new…a blank canvas. Clarifying shampoos are a great way to get rid of build-up, but sometimes we need a little something extra. Scalp treatments are a great way to feed your follicles. You can buy them already mixed together, or you can make them at home.

Phyto makes a great scalp treatment oil, they call it Universal Elixir. It contains Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus, and it is a really good product that offers many benefits. It’s suggested for any unbalanced scalp, whether it’s oily, dry, itchy, or irritated. It offers nourishment and helps clarify the hair follicles. It’s also expensive! It’s $32.00, and it’s in a very small bottle. As amazing as I think it is, it’s definitely an investment.

Clarifying shampoo has come a long way. Just a few days ago, I wrote about Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner by Tara Smith. This is a great duo that offers many of the same benefits as the Phyto treatment, but without the sticker shock. Use Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner to keep your scalp healthy.

Then, there are the fun homemade recipes that you can customize for your own needs. I didn’t want to spend $32.00 on Phyto, so I made my own scalp treatment! Vitamin Cottage is probably the most affordable place to get essential oils. So, I headed there and got Rosemary oil, Peppermint oil, Lemon essential oil, and Lavender oil. Oils are expensive, and I probably ended up paying more than $32.00, but with the amount you get, I probably have enough to make 5 bottles of the Phyto treatment. I put a little bit of each oil into a bottle with a dropper, then I took the dropper and added small drops of the treatment onto my scalp. This process can get kind of messy, so put your hair up after you’ve applied all the oil. If your hair is too short, wear a shower cap until it’s time to rinse. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes and then shampoo and condition as you normally do.

I wrote about a homemade scalp treatment in one of my posts, not too long ago, but I’ll share it again. Take about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and one tablespoon of olive oil and mix them together. Apply directly to your scalp after shampooing, working the mixture in circular motions. Rinse out the mixture when you’re done styling, your scalp will feel so good!

With all these treatments, and shampoos, it’s important to massage the products into the scalp. A good scalp massage not only feels good, but it increases circulation, and circulation can promote hair growth.

What are your thoughts on a healthy scalp? Is it something you pay attention to, or have you never really thought it was important?

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Homemade Hair Masks

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In this week’s Q&A Monday, I featured a question from someone asking me about hair masks. It occurred to me that with the family spa nights I like to write about, and the homemade facial recipes I featured, I have neglected to share some ideas for hair mask recipes. It’s fun to get a little messy and have a spa night with friends, kids, and loved ones. Spending a lot of time in the sun, or the pool, can really dry out your hair, so can heat styling, and chemical treating. So I wanted to share with you a few hair mask recipes that will moisturize dull, dry locks, and add lots of shine!

Coconut Oil Hair Mask: Coconut oil is an excellent treatment for your hair to add shine and bounce to dull, dry hair. Treating your hair with coconut oil is easy, and pretty inexpensive when you look at the oil treatments in stores. You can buy coconut oil at most grocery stores, and health food stores. It’s solid at room temperature, so scoop out a few tablespoons and place them in a cup. Place the cup into a pot with enough warm water to cover the bottom of the cup and allow the coconut oil to slowly melt. You can personalize this to your liking with other oils like lavender or rosemary. Or you can just use it as is. Rosemary can help with scalp conditions such as dandruff, and lavender can be used to help relieve stress. Comb your hair out making sure all tangles are gone; you’ll be applying this treatment to dry hair. Start with applying it to the scalp and work it through to the ends of your hair. Put on a shower cap, or use plastic wrap and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Longer for really dry hair…you can even sleep in this treatment for maximum moisture. Use a gentle shampoo to cleanse; you may have to shampoo twice to get all the oil out. Chances are, you won’t need a conditioner when you’re finished with this treatment.

Brown Sugar/Olive Oil Scalp Treatment: Healthy scalp=healthy hair (full article on that, coming soon). If you have clogged hair follicles, or build up from too much product on your scalp, your hair won’t grow. It’s important to keep your scalp healthy so the follicles stay un-clogged and nourished. A very easy, and wonderful feeling, scrub is made with two simple ingredients. Brown sugar and olive oil. Take about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and one tablespoon of olive oil and mix them together. Apply directly to your scalp after shampooing, working the mixture in circular motions. The side benefit of this is, massaging your scalp improves circulation, and circulation can help promote hair growth. Rinse out the mixture after you’re done massaging for a few minutes and style your hair as usual.

Olive Oil/Honey Mask: Honey is great for your skin, and it’s also great to use in a hair mask. Honey is a humectant and it will seal the cuticle of the hair and make it shiny. Olive oil is very moisturizing, so the two together will give you soft, shiny hair. Who doesn’t want that? Take three tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of honey, mix them together and apply to your hair. Top with a shower cap, or plastic wrap and leave on for 15-30 minutes, shampoo as usual, rinsing well.

I suggest trying these treatments at night, or on a day off. The point is to take your time and relax. One thing you shouldn’t try? Mayonnaise. I tried this as a mask on my hair once and it smelled like fish for days! Yuck, I know. The things I do in the name of beauty.

Have fun with these, add essential oils and even some fruit. Add some banana to the Olive Oil/Honey Mask to give your hair strength and volume. The great thing about making your own hair masks is, you know exactly what’s going in your product and you can even buy all organic ingredients for a fraction of what you would pay for an already packaged, certified organic product! Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite homemade recipes to treat your hair?

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The Beauty Of Relaxing

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Today’s article is dedicated to workaholics everywhere. (You know who you are) So many people are so worried about what has to be done, and trying to get enormous amounts of work done in one day, that they tend to put relaxing on a back burner, or just toss the whole idea in the trash. To some, relaxing and enjoying life, instead of pushing through it like a linebacker, is nothing but an inconvenience when it should be something on your to-do list. Yes, you should actually write yourself a note to tell yourself to relax…maybe if people look at it as a task, it will get done more often. So, in honor, and appreciation, of those who think life is only about work, I want to share some ways you can relax and hopefully look at it as a beauty routine instead of a time-waster.

Get a massage. Most people I know who put work before fun, relaxing, and, well…life, are in desperate need of a massage. I don’t think workaholics realize that focusing all day, every day, on what has to be done is bad for your back. The tense moods that are experienced throughout the day go right to the muscles, making them tense up and making you overdue for a massage. So, think of it as an important business meeting that you can’t miss. If you throw your back out and can’t move and end up on bed rest for a few days, you’re going to miss out on more work than you would have if you would schedule a massage and get the knots out. Workaholics tend to put their personal needs last. By putting yourself first, you’re making yourself healthier and more available for more work…I can’t believe I’m helping you justify being a workaholic, but there it is.

Put the day behind you and get a pedicure! Walking, standing all day, running around multitasking…these are all everyday motions that put stress on our tootsties. I am horribly ticklish, and I once had a massage therapist, and a nail technician tell me that one way the body masks pain is by making the area ticklish. Makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Cutting hair for 16 years has left me with some painfully ticklish feet. You may not realize how much stress you are causing your back and feet with how much you’re working. So, sit back and relax, and hopefully have a glass of wine with your pedicure, and if you’re going for polish after your pedi, match your polish to your wine…just a little way to have some fun. (that was a fun tip from a dedicated reader. Thanks, Debbie!)

Spend time with your family and friends. Don’t take friendships, or relationships, for granted just because you want to stay in the zone and get things done. Realize that making time for hanging out with the people you love, and who love you, is going to make you feel good. When you feel good you look good, right? There is beauty in relaxing because it puts all your goals into perspective, and you see, with your own eyes, the importance of what life and love is all about.

So, if you’re one of “those” people whose life is go-go-go, take some time for yourself and force yourself to stop-stop-stop. Take care of yourself, make yourself beautiful and clear your mind once in a while. I’m not saying you have to do this every day…God knows you workaholics would probably die from relaxing…try to baby-step your way into it and take time for at least one of these things once a month. You can do it.

Considering I believe I was royalty in a past life, I happen to fully embrace the fine art of relaxing. I believe in taking time to make myself feel beautiful…the longer the ritual, the better. (Unless it’s waxing.) I believe in taking the time to relax and re-program my brain, and I think everyone should make it a priority.

Are you a workaholic, or are you like me and you know how to relax? What do you do to clear your head so you can be productive again? Or do see relaxing as an inconvenience? I look forward to your response.

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Facial Mask Recipes

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of homemade spa treatments. I get asked a lot about do-it-yourself skin care, especially masks. It’s great to know that so many secrets to beautiful skin can be found right in your kitchen…or a few blocks away at the grocery store. So, I thought I would share some fun facial mask recipes for everyone to try.

One of the easiest, and one of my favorite, masks to make is one made from yogurt, honey and oatmeal. These three ingredients are good for moisturizing, nourishing, cleansing, and exfoliating your skin. I believe this is a good one for all skin types. Start with plain yogurt. If you have normal to dry skin, choose a yogurt that is higher in fat content for added moisture. Combination to oily skin should choose low-fat or non fat yogurt for this mask. Start with about a cup of yogurt, add in 1/4 cup of ground up oatmeal, and warm up a few tablespoons of honey in the microwave, just enough to thin it out some, and drizzle into the mixture. Oatmeal is very easy to grind up; throw it in a blender or food processor, or break it up with a spoon. Mix all ingredients together and apply to clean skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse. As you rinse, use circular motions and the oatmeal with gently exfoliate your skin. If you want a deeper level of scrub, you can use ground up almonds in this recipe as well as, or instead of, the oatmeal.

I am always seeing products that are enhanced with vitamin C and grape seed extract, and they cost a fortune. It’s no secret that the acids in fruit are great for your skin. I like to make fruit masks with whatever I have lying around. There really aren’t exact measurements, you just mash, smash, mix and apply! I like to use kiwi and banana as a face mask. It’s refreshing, it tightens pores, and the kiwi seeds are little exfoliators to polish up the skin and make it look like you spent a day at the spa. One note of advice: test any fruit based mask on kids before putting the entire mixture on their face. When I tried this mask, my family wanted in on the fun and I put it on my 9-year-old and her skin was very sensitive to all the acids. She looked gorgeous when we took it off, though! See? Beauty equals pain!! You can add yogurt to your fruit mask for moisture and it will help thicken up the mixture and stay on your skin better. Again, 10-15 minutes, then rinse.

Avocado isn’t just for guacamole! It is a great moisturizer for your skin. Simply take half an avocado and a few teaspoons of olive oil and mix together. This is great for dry skin and mature skin. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and your skin will feel soft and moisturized. Sprinkle the other half of the avocado with a little garlic salt and enjoy while you’re masking.

For oily and acne-prone skin, try an egg white mask. Simply remove the yolk from an egg, add a little lemon juice to the egg white and beat until you have a dense consistency. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse. This will help clear up blemishes and control oil on your skin.

There are so many different variations of homemade facial masks. Really, there are no rules, so get creative with what you have! You don’t NEED the honey in the yogurt face mask, so if you’re out it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of yogurt on your skin. It’s fun to play with your food! I can almost guarantee, if you start mixing ingredients together for a mask, pretty soon the whole family will be involved. Any time I’ve tried to make a mask for just me, within minutes the kids, and even my husband, are all wanting to join in the fun. Getting beautiful and bonding at the same time? Priceless! 

What are your favorite homemade masks and skin care recipes? Can’t wait to hear!

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Two For Tea, Tea For…Your Tub

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Tea has many healing properties. It’s been used for ages to heal illness, skin conditions and even aid in weight loss. I have seen products that are tea bags designed to place on your eyes to fight the signs of fatigue and reduce puffiness. But Tub Tea? I’ve never seen that before, until now. When I first saw Tub Tea, I thought I was looking at an oversized tea bag…you know, the kind you see for making large jars of sun tea. But, then I asked myself what’s sun tea doing mixed in with bath products? Then I figured out it’s not sun tea (I guess the words Bath Tea on the string should have tipped me off), it’s Tub Tea. Hmmm…What is Tub Tea?

Tub Tea packets are oversized sachets, or big tea bags, filled with dried herbs, flowers and citrus peels. Available in many different blends, if you can find them to begin with…it’s not like they’re popping up all over. But they should! I love unique, natural bath products and it seems the only place to find these little gems, is in a specialty gift shop and those seem to be a thing of the past. Thank God for the internet, you can find all kinds of unique products by searching online.

The benefits of Tub Tea are many. Think of an herbal wrap when you go to a spa. All those different ingredients seeping into your skin to soften you up, treat skin conditions and relax your muscles. You will get the same benefits from soaking your body in the same herbs right at home, and the cost isn’t near what you would pay if you went to a spa! Soaking in Tub Tea can also relieve stress (I think most baths do that on their own; water is very soothing), anxiety, insomnia and fatigue. They can also restore your energy.

But, you don’t have to use your Tub Tea only in your tub. Used in the shower, the sachets can be squeezed onto the skin and freshly washed hair for a light scent to your skin. They can be used in a foot bath, which is great for someone with aching feet. And, before you use them, they can be used as a drawer sachet for a light scent to your clothes. They really do smell good, not too heavy on fragrance at all. A little on the sweet side, but very light on your skin when you’re dried off.

So, where can you find them? Like I said, they’re not as easy to find as a bubble bath or a shower gel, but they are around. Check Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, etc. Natural grocery stores and specialty (special-tea…ha ha) shops are going to be your best bet. You can find a lot of different Tub Teas to choose from online as well. TerrAmazon makes some great scents to choose from and Romanza Gifts has some good choices, too.

If you want to do a Family Spa Night, get the whole gang involved with making Tub Tea sachets. It can be as easy as taking the ingredients and putting them in coffee filters, tie the filter at the top and drop in the bath water. Or, you can really get into it and pick up loose tea bags and fill them with dried herbs, mixed with some essential oils, and salts. There are tons of recipes to find online of how to make your own Tub Tea. I came across a great site that has some great recipes and they show you how to make Valentine Tub Tea bags. Very cute, and something we’ll be trying for our next Family Spa Night.

I love the idea of Tub Tea, what a great way to relax your muscles, treat your skin and unwind from the day. What about you? Have you tried a bath tea? If so, what are your favorite brands, what benefits did you experience and where did you find the product? I look forward to your response!

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Staying Beautiful With Mother Nature

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In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share a few of my favorite natural and organic products. I admit, I am new to the whole concept of Earth Day. It is a struggle for me to remember to recycle and although I buy those reusable bags from Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage and Sunflower Market, I always leave the darn things in my car and defeat the whole purpose!! And as for makeup?? I never cared about ingredients or whether it was natural or not. But, as I’ve been learning, I am finding there is a whole world of beauty in our world…go figure.

I absolutely love Pacifica. Love, love, love it!! Perfumes, lotions, shower gels, candles, soaps. This is such an amazing, luxurious line that is actually affordable! Made with natural ingredients, Pacifica’s products are cruelty-free and 100% vegan. Portions of their proceeds go to fighting near shore ocean pollution. The scents this line has are so nice and yummy and inspired by places all over the world. My favorite in this line is the Tuscan Blood Orange. I can’t even describe it, all I can say is WOW and YUM! Everything in this line smells so good, but this one is truly amazing. The solid perfume can not only be used as a fragrance, but you can also put it on the ends of your hair to nourish the hair and protect it from splitting, and it makes your hair smell nice! Have I mentioned that I love Pacifica?? I want to work for them!

Like Vanilla? Check out Lavanila. Another bath/body/fragrance line that smells amazing! Also natural and organic, these scents are so nice. Everything has the scent of vanilla in it and I love that. There is one scent that is just vanilla, for those of you who are crazy about that scent. My favorite is the Vanilla Coconut. It’s such a warm scent and I love the way it smells on my skin. This line is completely free of harsh chemicals. It’s great for those who are sensitive to typical fragrance because of the all natural ingredients. It’s eco-friendly and not tested on animals.

Burt’s Bees is the first line that introduced me to natural skin care products. I just happened to grab a lip balm from Vitamin Cottage one day and I was hooked. When I first discovered Burt’s Bees, the line was pretty small. Now, it’s a full line of skin care, body care, and makeup. They even have a separate line just for men, so the guys need to check this stuff out! I love the way the Bay Rum Shaving Soap smells.

Those are just a few of my favorite natural lines. Want to get really beautiful with the help of Mother Earth? I just read in a magazine that Dandelions can fade age spots and Lavender can cure dandruff. Wow. If you slice open a stem of a Dandelion and massage the white sap onto age spots a few times a day, they’ll start to fade. So, when I see them cropping up on my lawn, I won’t get irritated, I’ll think of it as a gift from Mother Nature…or as a sign from her that I need to use them! Steep Lavender flowers in hot water and after it cools, use it as a rinse after you shampoo to get rid of dandruff. The scent is very relaxing, too.

We can all do a little something to honor Earth Day today. Use a dry shampoo instead of washing to save water. Remember those reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. You know how stores give you a 5 or 10 cent credit when you bring your own bags? I found out yesterday that Whole Foods now gives you the option of donating that credit for their foundation. Good to know for when I actually remember those bags!

So, what will you do to celebrate Earth Day today? I think I’ll purchase something from Pacifica because I know that a portion of that will go to keeping oceans clean. See? I can justify a purchase any time! Happy Earth Day!

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Beauty And The Beer

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When I told my husband what the title of today’s article was going to be, he asked if it was about the two of us. Ha ha. Well, I guess I’ll take that as a compliment to mean that I am Beauty, because he’s most definitely Beer! No, this is not an article about us. I recently came across an article in a magazine that caught my eye, claiming that you might be able to reverse signs of aging with beer. According to Woman’s World, Polyphenols found in beer and wine (yippee!) are strong antioxidants, which fight off free radicals. Free radicals cause 80% of premature skin aging. You can find Polyphenols in certain fruits like blueberries and raspberries if you’re not a drinker, but this is good news for those who like to crack open a cold one after work. I started reading on it further and I found loads of information on the beauty benefits of beer.

Apparently this is old news. Really old news. Many moons ago, beer was not only offered to gods at festivals, but women used it to refresh their skin. High in vitamin B and brewer’s yeast, beer can cleanse and nourish the skin, and even clear up acne.  Certain spas around the world are even offering beer baths. It’s been noted that even Cleopatra kept her skin looking beautiful by bathing in beer. (She’s #1 on my list of who I would want to attend my fantasy dinner) I’m not sure I would want to sit in a tub of beer, but I can think of a few people who would thoroughly enjoy visiting a spa that offered that!

I’ve always heard that rinsing your hair with beer once a month is a great way to make the hair soft and shiny. The proteins found in the malt and hops are said to repair damage and add shine. People who use beer to treat their hair claim that a beer rinse also makes their hair look and feel thicker. If the proteins from the ingredients in the brew really do attach to the hair, it can strengthen the hair as well. It’s a pretty simple process to do a beer rinse. Just take some flat beer that doesn’t have a strong odor and after shampooing your hair, apply the beer to your hair, working it all the way through and rinse with warm water. I think odor would be a big issue here. I’ve been the victim of an accidental beer bath once or twice in my life, and that smell stays with you. My advice would be, if you’re going to do this rinse, do it when you don’t have to be anywhere.

So, if beer can slow down aging, cure acne and make our hair feel thick and strong, I wonder if it can do anything for the nails. After all, our hair and nails are made from the same protein so I did a little more searching . No trends on beer manicures, but I did find out that a beer and vinegar soak can kill nail fungus on hands and feet…interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see beer treatments popping up in spas all around us. I mean, if you can get a fish pedicure, why not a beer manicure? Maybe I’ll have to do some experimenting at our next Family Spa Night. More men might start flocking to spas on a regular basis if their treatments involve beer!

It was fun researching this and to see how much information is out there. I even found some products that are produced with Brewer’s Yeast, including beer shampoo. Hmmm…haven’t tried it, but if I do I will certainly let you know what it’s like. Bathe in it, drink it, or shampoo with beer, it looks like it can keep you beautiful. In moderation, of course. Even though the ingredients in beer can be beneficial to our health and beauty, the alcohol in it can counteract that and speed up the aging process…but that’s a whole different Oprah.

What about you? Have you ever rinsed your hair with beer? Tell me about it. I want to know how your hair felt after and if the smell stayed with you. Have you ever bathed in beer? I really want to hear about that!

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Brush You Hair, Brush Your Teeth, Brush Your…Body?

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We know why it’s important to brush our teeth…healthy teeth, healthy gums. We know why it’s important to brush our hair…it keeps hair looking healthy and detangled, and it massages the scalp which could stimulate hair growth. But what about Body Brushing? Have you ever heard of it, or tried it? Why is it important?

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it’s probably the one that gets neglected the most. Did you know that our skin eliminates about a pound of waste products every day, most of it through our sweat glands? Dry brushing your skin regularly improves circulation and can even help prevent the build up of cellulite…that perked your ears up, didn’t it? Since the skin is the last to receive nutrients, but the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency, it’s important to treat it right. All it takes is 5 minutes to give the skin on your body the attention and love it deserves.

Dry brushing the skin is a great way to detoxify. By doing this process, you stimulate all detoxifying organs, including the skin. It’s recommended that you do it in the morning before you shower. In doing this, it will energize you and get you going for the day. It’s exfoliating, improves circulation, and helps with digestion. All things needed to look beautiful from the inside out. So, how’s it done?

You’ll need a natural bristle brush with a long handle. You can use one with a shorter handle, but you’ll need a long handle for your back. I got one at a vitamin store from Earth Therapeutics. A loofah sponge or a dry towel can work too, but I prefer the brush.

Always dry brush on dry, bare skin before bathing. You want to make sure to shower or bathe after to wash off any residue the brush gets from your skin. Using long, sweeping strokes, start brushing from the bottom of your feet upwards. Considering how ticklish I am, I really did not enjoy the bottom of the feet part. Use light pressure on thin skin areas and firmer pressure on thicker skin. Do the same thing with your arms: start at the hands, doing the palms and the backs of the hands, and brush in upward motions toward the center of your body. Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck. Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen. This really isn’t as complicated or as time-consuming as it sounds. It’s suggested that you take 10 minutes to do this on a daily basis, but you will benefit from 5 minutes as well. Over time, you will notice your skin appears much healthier. 30 days of doing this and you will have a natural glow that people envy! Make it a habit and the daily detoxification you are doing to your body will keep you healthy.

I wish I could say that I do this on a daily basis. It’s one thing I really want to work towards because there are so many benefits to your body and skin by doing this technique daily. I do it a few times a week, and even with not being consistent with it, I notice my skin has a nice flush to it on the days I do it. The only reason I don’t do it every day is, I totally forget until I’m already in the shower! I know a lot of people prefer not to add one more step to their daily routine, but I think this is one step everyone should be doing every day…myself included. Think about it, with all the benefits brushing your skin has, you could save money on certain products because you won’t need them anymore. A one-time investment under $10 for a brush…is that all we need to look beautiful? Hmmm, I don’t know for sure, but I would like to find out!

So, what about you? Have you tried body brushing? Tell me about your experience with it and how it has helped your skin and your health over time. Anyone on board with me to try it every day for a month? Let me know, I’d love to share daily thoughts and experiences.

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