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Happy Wellness Wednesday, ladies (and gents if you are reading this)! I hope you’re having a great week. I am spending the day at the spa with my hubs and I’m so excited! We really needed a day off together to relax and unwind. We have been working our bums off and I’ve also been unwell for the last two months. So, for Valentine’s Day I got us a gift certificate for massages and facials! Self-care is a must for me. I take it very seriously, haha. Speaking of which, I wanted to share one of my self-care practices with you today: dry brushing!

What is dry-brushing and how do I do it?

Dry brushing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like! You literally take a stiff, bristled brush and brush your entire body in upward circular motions on dry skin. Start at the feet and work your work your way up your legs going toward the heart. This helps the lymphatic system to drain properly. Then, you can brush your abdomen, arms, armpits, glutes, back, and even your face if you like. Brush each section thoroughly. I like to do about 3-5 circular motions in each area. You don’t want to do it too roughly, though, especially if you have sensitive skin. For those with eczema, psoriasis, or other kinds of skin conditions, I would recommend asking your doctor if it’s something you’re interested in trying. They would know your particular case best and if it would be a good idea for you or not. I would guess you might want to avoid it. But, if you have normal skin, it’s recommended to do it 1-3 times a week. You may experience some redness and that is normal. But, if your skin gets very irritated, hurts, cracks, or bleeds, you are definitely doing it too hard. Decrease the pressure and give yourself some time in between brushings to let it heal. I would advise starting lightly and increasing your pressure. You may even peel after the first couple of times. That’s okay. Don’t be worried about that! It will reveal softer, smoother skin and the peeling will eventually stop.

I always dry brush right before I get in the shower so that I can wash off the dead skin cells right away. When I’m done in the shower, I use a lotion that’s all natural like shea or cocoa butter.

You want to get a brush that has nice and firm bristles. I like one with a long handle because you can reach your back more easily. You should replace it every 6 months to a year as well as wash it every couple of weeks. This helps to remove built up dead skin cells! Yuck.

What are the benefits?

There are lots of reasons to dry brush! You might be surprised. It sounds pretty non-exciting, but it does deliver some solid benefits.

  1. EXFOLIATION: Dry brushing as you can imagine is a great way to exfoliate your body. We spend so much time on faces, we shouldn’t ignore the rest of our skin! I’m sure J. Lo doesn’t get her youthful glow (at age 50) on her legs by ignoring them, know what I mean? Gotta take care of the whole thing! This process eliminates dead skin cells and reveals softer skin. It can even help with ingrown hairs that cause those tiny bumps. I notice my skin is much softer when I make it a habit to dry brush.
  2. STIMULATES THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM: The lymphatic system is crucial to staying healthy! By stimulating this, we are improving our overall health and immunity. The lymphatic system distributes lymph (a fluid that contains white blood cells which are responsible for fighting infections) throughout the body. This system is also responsible for removing a lot of the body’s waste, including unwanted fat cells! By stimulating the lymphatic system, you are helping your body to detox better.
  3. INCREASED CIRCULATION: Dry brushing helps to increase your circulation. This is important to maintain healthy blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. It allows organs like your lungs, heart and muscles to function at optimal levels. Good circulation also means your immune system will function better because the white blood cells are properly transported, fighting off infections. Increasing your circulation can also give you an energy boost! YAY!
  4. POSSIBLE CELLULITE REDUCTION: There’s no real evidence out there to say that this is necessarily true. I can’t tell you my experience because I don’t have cellulite myself – at least not yet. But, it’s very common and totally normal if you do. Dry brushing has been reported to reduce cellulite because it is a toxic material that is allegedly trapped in fat cells beneath the skin. The increase in circulation is supposed to help rid the body of toxic substances including cellulite. So, it may not get rid of it, but it could reduce the appearance of it.

My Dry Brush Recommendations:

As I mentioned above, I like a brush with a long handle so you can get to hard to reach places without pulling your back out! I also found some that will work best for your face if you want to try brushing your face as well. If you do brush your face, I would recommend getting a special facial brush like the ones I linked here because they will be more gentle on that delicate skin. Here are some great body and facial brushes I found in different price ranges.

I personally like to dry brush! My skin feels softer, smoother, less flaky and dry, and I like knowing that I’m potentially helping my immune system and detoxification pathways. If you’re interested, give it a try! It might not be for everyone, but it could possibly help you, too. As always, I am not making any kind of health claims. This is only my experience. I am not a licensed medical professional. I just like to share my self-care tips and routines with you all, but that does not mean that they will or will not work for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! Have a fabulous rest of your week!

XOXO,

Kelly

Happy #WellnessWednesday my friends! Thanks for being here. I hope that your 2020 is off to a great start! With winter upon us, I have to take extra special care of my skin, as I know so many of you do, too! I get dry, flaky, and cracked! UGH. So, when I went looking for a serum to solve my winter skin blues, I was pleasantly surprised to not only find an amazing moisturizing serum, but a new tool to help with inflammation and lymphatic drainage of my skin! Bye-bye puffiness and dull dryness! See ya never. If you’ve seen the jade and rose quartz rollers all over Instagram and Facebook, but haven’t a clue what the hype is about, I’m about to fill ya in! But, first let me tell you about where I found mine!

CYNAGLOW.COM

One of my favorite places to find clean beauty skincare that’s also cruelty free, is Cyna Glow! Cyna Glow has awesome brands for non-toxic self-care products. It’s owned and operated by my friend Cynthia, who is a pretty incredible woman! She’s totally into wellness in a natural, holistic way, which you know I support 100%. Cynthia started her clean beauty lifestyle after suffering from allergies, as so many of us do. She started researching the products she used, and while she was totally taking great care of herself physically, she realized that the luxury skincare and beauty products she had been using on her body weren’t all that healthy because they were filled with toxic ingredients. She quickly understood that what goes on her body is just as important as what goes in it. This inspired her to start her own non-toxic self-care store, Cyna Glow!

In addition to running Cyna Glow, Cynthia is a member of the National Wellness Institute and a certified wellness coach in training. She also recently became a Beautycounter representative, helping to further spread the word about accessible, clean beauty products. She is dedicated to educating people about holistic, non-toxic products and lifestyles. On her website, you will also find she writes a blog with many articles about ingredients to avoid and how the wrong beauty and self-care products can contain hormone disruptors and cancer causing agents. Cyna Glow’s mission is:

“I believe in a better lifestyle for everyone.

It is my goal to spread awareness for holistic, natural beauty. I truly believe that there is an easy way to incorporate a beauty routine that is both good for you and the environment.”

I love to support small businesses like Cynthia’s because she is a woman just like you and me. She has a vision and she is determined to see it through. She is so passionate about helping others be healthier while still providing incredible products that work! Be sure to check out Cynaglow.com!

ROSE QUARTZ JADE ROLLER:

While I was scrolling through Cynaglow.com, I decided to check out these rollers once and for all! I’ve seen so many people using them and I wanted to know what all the fuss is about. So, I ordered the rose quartz jade roller and honestly guys, I’m hooked! Here’s why…

Crystals Have Healing Energies:

If you’re not familiar with crystals yet, they have long been known to possess healing energies! People all over the world use them to balance chakras and heal the body from all kinds of ailments, both physical and emotional! Jade is known to help with anxiety and fatigue and protect against negative energy. Rose Quartz cleanses and opens the heart. It helps to promote peace, love, self-love, friendship, and deep inner healing. Sounds like something my face also needs! LOL. But for real, I love crystals and I keep them around me all the time. Plus, they feel really good when they massage your face!

Lymphatic Drainage and Increased Blood Flow:

I was recently watching a makeup tutorial video by this super famous, celebrity makeup artist. She said that if you massage the face enough before you put on makeup, you won’t need nearly as much foundation. So, when I saw that this roller is basically a lymphatic drainage massage for your face, I was instantly intrigued. Massaging the face helps increase blood flow, which gives you a nice glow! At the same time, it helps to drain lymph fluid from your face that can cause puffiness. I have trouble with puffiness around my eyes and my jaw line, so I was really wanting to give this a try. I use it for a few minutes with a serum at night before bed and in the morning before makeup and I can see a difference. My face looks less puffy and dull! A great tip is to keep it in the fridge or freezer to give your skin even more of an anti-inflammatory boost! Just like we ice our injuries, coldness helps the skin’s inflammation, too. It’s also been known to help with fine lines and wrinkles! Where do I sign up for life?

Acne:

The roller is also helpful for acne because of its anti-inflammatory effect. I struggle with acne on my chin and forehead sometimes, as well as my cheeks. So, having a tool to help with this inflammation is a welcomed concept! If you have a lot of inflammation around the acne, just make sure to sterilize your roller with a bit of alcohol or soapy, very hot water, and roll away from the troubled spots. Which brings me to my next topic…

How to use a Jade roller:

You want to start with a clean face! Make sure there aren’t any traces of makeup that you might be pushing into your pores. You can roll in the morning and evening! In the morning, I like to use a light moisturizer with the roller, and in the evening I love to use Luna Nectar Serum, which I will get to next!

After your face is nice and clean, take your roller out from the fridge or freezer. Apply your moisturizer or serum and begin with one section of your face. I typically start with my lower face and jawline and work my way up, using the larger end of the roller for the majority of the face, and the smaller end for around the eyes. You want to roll your face in an upward, outward motion. Roll away from the face, and never back and forth. Pick up the roller after each roll and repeat. I do each section of the face three times. Around your forehead, roll straight up, and around the eyes do the same. You can also roll your neck. Start at the center and roll upward and outward on each side.

It feels so good! Like a massage or facial right at home. I love it!

LUNA NECTAR HELIOPHILIA GLOW & FIX SERUM

So, I’d heard about this amazing serum from Cyna Glow and I had to try it out for myself! I was struggling with dry, flaky skin in patches and Cynthia recommended I give this serum a shot. I am so glad, because it really helps! It’s completely non-toxic, certified cruelty-free and vegan by PETA, all-natural, and made of mostly all organic ingredients! You might have guessed by it’s name that it helps to give your skin a great glow and fix troublesome redness, inflammation, and severe dryness! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and already my dry patches have cleared up and my skin looks bright and feels so soft.

I use the Luna Nectar Serum at night because it is a heavier moisturizer than my skin can handle during the day. I have combination, thin skin, so if you have really dry, thicker skin, this could work for you during the day as well. But, for my skin type, it’s perfect at nighttime. It’s like a recovery drink for the skin! It has a subtle orange glow to it and makes me look like I’ve got a bit of a tan, which I love! Don’t be freaked out when you first apply it. Once you roll or rub it in, the orange-ness dissipates.

There are 15 active organic ingredients in the Luna Nectar Serum that make it so powerful! Some of them include Rosehip and Gotu Kola! What makes it work so well are the antioxidants, Vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids, Omega-6, and Omega-9. It’s a great serum for damaged, dry skin that needs some serious healing. It’s also so great if you’re just looking for a radiant glow! Added bonus: you can use it on your hair, too! It’s perfect for dry ends. Just add a couple drops to your palms, rub them together and smooth onto the ends of your hair!

Soooo… Great news, guys! You can use my code: DRESSWELL15 for 15% off of your purchase on Cyna Glow’s website! In honor of their one year anniversary, Cynthia would like to extend this special offer to you! I would highly recommend trying out the Jade or Rose Quartz roller and the Luna Nectar Serum. I’m really enjoying both of these items. But, she’s also got some other amazing self-care finds there that you should definitely check out as well. You can also give her a follow on Instagram here! The promo code is valid now through February 9, 2020.

Thank you to Cyna Glow for sponsoring today’s post!

As always, let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in any way!

XOXO,

Kelly

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