skincare

Brush Your Way to a Better Sweat!

Dry brushing is all the rage!  Celebs, like Gwyneth Paltrow, are big supporters of this skincare routine for many reasons.  We don’t know about you, but brushing our skin didn’t sound all that appealing when we first heard about this craze.  However, dry brushing can be very beneficial for your skin’s appearance and overall health.  The act of dry brushing is very simple.  Usually before showering, using a natural bristle brush, one will brush the skin, starting from the feet and moving upward towards the heart.  This helps to eliminate the outer layer of dead skin on our bodies.  Not only that, this is a direct opening to our lymphatic system.  

Photo via Goop.com

Photo via Goop.com

What the heck is a lymphatic system, you ask? The lymphatic system is a combination of tissue and organs that help rid the body of toxins.  Spreading lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells that fight infection, is the main focus of the lymphatic system.  So in other words, dry brushing will jumpstart your lymph into motion! This will aid in lymphatic drainage, which will help to eliminate toxins.  Some other benefits of dry brushing include:

1. Glowing Skin

Exfoliation leads to healthier skin.  Shedding the dead skin cells off of our bodies allows our skin to look refreshed and revived.  This is the first benefit that most people notice once he or she starts dry brushing.  Pair that with a few sweat sessions, and we will practically be summer beach goddesses!

2. Goodbye Cellulite!

Just like our sweat sessions, dry brushing helps with the appearance of cellulite.  There isn’t much evidence to support this claim about dry brushing, but many people who do this daily report having less cellulite.  So why not try it? Summer is just around the corner, you know!

3. Say No More to Body Acne

Eliminating dead skin cells and brushing over your pores can help remove dirt and acne-causing pollutants from the skin.  Dry brushing can improve everything from acne, to ingrown hairs! Do you hear that? It’s clear skin calling your name!

Pairing dry brushing in your morning routine along with weekly sweat sessions will definitely help to further eliminate toxins from the body.  Combining the two sounds like the ultimate detox, and we are here for it! You can purchase your own dry brush here: https://shop.goop.com/shop/products/skin-brush?taxon_id=610

The Best Natural Face Masks

Skin is, has always been, and will always be, in.  So it only makes sense that skincare is in, too! When it comes to caring for our skin, we believe in a natural approach.  Why would we put something synthetic on our body’s largest organ when we wouldn’t ingest the same ingredients? There are so many brands and products on the market… it is hard to keep up! To make it simple, here are our favorite natural face masks to get that post-sweat skin detox and glow:

1. Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

Unlike it’s title, Rosy Cheeks will not give you red cheeks.  In fact, this mask does the opposite.  With its calming ingredients, like rose petals and calamine powder, this mask calms and soothes the skin.  We especially like to use this mask during a breakout.  It helps to eliminate redness and inflammation in our acne-prone areas.  And bonus! It smells SO GOOD.  Rosy Cheeks is fresh for up to three weeks and needs to be stored in the refrigerator between uses.  

Photo via Lush.com

Photo via Lush.com

2. Immunocologie Vital Clay Mask

This mask is a miracle in a jar… literally.  Use it once, and you will see what we mean.  Immunocologie’s Vital Clay completely transforms the skin in thirty minutes.  This mask works with your body’s immune system to fuel whatever your skin needs to thrive.  Whether it be anti-aging, or eliminating acne, this mask can do it all.  After use, the skin mimics a burn-type appearance and pores are enlarged.  But don’t worry! This only lasts for a few hours.  After the redness goes away, you will be left with beautiful and clearer skin.  This mask comes with a hefty price tag, but in our opinion, it’s worth it.  (Tip: It is best to use this mask before bed so your skin will have time to recover properly.)

 

Photo via Immunocologie.com

Photo via Immunocologie.com

3. Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask

So, you’re saying I put this on my face and become a mermaid!? Well, not exactly.  But the name definitely suits the ingredients.  With sea clay and chlorella, this mask has us feeling sea vibes.  We love it because it gives a youthful glow to our skin.  The Mermaid Mask is great for when you want to brighten and smooth the skin.  It is not one that will detox or resurface, but rather a great everyday skincare step that will allow you to put your best face forward.  Plus… It has “Mermaid” in the name! 

Photo via Leahlaniskincare.com

Photo via Leahlaniskincare.com