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My Dry Brush and I are Back Together

I originally published this article two years ago but I recently started dry brushing again and am obsessed.  The benefits are all still there and I can literally feel it working (tingling skin, helping with stomach issues, softening the look of my dreaded cellulite).  Cheap, effective, and GOOD FOR YOU.

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Do you guys drybrush?  I admit, I slack in the drybrushing department but am really trying to make it a daily habit. One of the most recent pieces of convincing evidence I came across was this great video from our friend Vani aka The Food Babe.   Watch it, then come back to me.

Doesn’t that viddie make you want to run out and buy a dry brush?  Here is a link to the one I ordered and I love it.  Long handled, affordable, and painless.

 

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Photo from Amazon/Sublime Beauty

 

In case you didn’t watch the video (I see you!) I read more about the benefits of daily dry brushing from the Wellness Mama.  Her list includes:

1. Lymphatic Support-Basically, a natural self detox of your bod!
2. Exfoliation-Baby soft skin, noticeable after your first dry brushing experience…score!
3. Clean Pores-Got Back-Ne?  Drybrushing can help with that too!
4. Improves Cellulite-I am still skeptical on this but, hey, I am giving it one heck of a shot.  Experts say it’s temporary.

Wellness Mama lists a lot more fantastic information so check out her site for more specific deets.

Have I talked you into it?  Give it a try, the hardest part for me is just adding it into my daily routine, before I shower in the mornings. But it doesn’t take long and the benefits are immense.  Let me know what you discover when you start drybrushing!

xo,

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This is Starting to Get Personal…

But, I can’t help it.  I am sharing this with you because I wish SOMEONE had shared it with me YEARS ago.

Three words:

Laser. Hair. Removal.

Not one to ask for excess pain for no reason, I didn’t consider myself a candidate for LHR and continued to get monthly waxes or if those didn’t line up with my bikini/vacation/skin baring schedule I would go back to shaving and then wait to start a new rhythm of waxing again. The cycle was seriously and literally so irritating to me and my skin.  I wanted a solution that I didn’t even have to think about.

SIDENOTE: Not everyone wants to be hairless and that’s great…BUT THIS POST IS NOT FOR YOU!

I was getting a peel at the Center for Healthy Skin in Lynchburg when Lisa, the fabulous (and I mean FABULOUS) aesthetician and I began to chat about LHR. She made it seem like a no brainer. I am not new to lasers, I get my face lasered a few times a year because of this pesky discoloration I have always had in adulthood.

Anywho, LHR was cheap (considering what I pay for waxes, razors, recovery cream, etc), Lisa told me it was nearly painless, and it would take about 4-5 sessions to be HAIR FREE.  One caveat, every few months there may be a tiny bit of maintenance but I can handle that.  I was so excited! I wanted to rip my pants off and get started right there.

Unfortunately she made me stay clothed and wait a week but when I returned she applied some numbing cream to the area and had me wait about ten minutes.

Oh, one of the best parts of this treatment is you get to wear these fun shades AND play games on your phone (Lisa thought it would help distract me). So I was instagramming, slaying in WWF, and online shopping in the less than twenty minutes it took her to LASER me.  Session one, complete success.  (I took this selfie so y’all would feel like you were there with me, but didn’t have to be. You’re welcome.)

It didn’t hurt, I had no weirdness or redness the next day, and the area was very smooth.

UPDATE:


Session two
…even easier and seemed to go by faster than the first session. Zero irritation.  One month til session three. Will report those results post treatment!

Session three…I am stretching out about two months before my next and likely, last session! Also, I’m telling everyone I know who will listen about LHR. I am not getting a deal or free treatment because of this post, I just really am obsessed and thrilled with my results!  If you feel like I was feeling and want a more permanent solution, I did the research for you. DO IT!

GAMECHANGER!

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Beauty News

A friend recently told me about the app Think Dirty.  What is it?  Straight from their website Think Dirty says:

“WE EMPOWER INGREDIENT-CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS TO CHOOSE THE SAFEST BEAUTY + PERSONAL PRODUCTS!

Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options!”

Amazing right?  Oh, and it’s free.

I loved reading the founder’s story and how she developed this app to empower and educate consumers. Like many of us she didn’t realize how many cancer causing and hormone disrupting chemicals are found in products we use everyday.

The Kit best describes how the app works: “Think Dirty is an app that allows you to scan bar codes of beauty products, or search by a key word, and up comes a dirty rating. If the product has a rating of 0-3, it’s considered very safe with ingredients that do not cause any negative effects, while a 10 is a big red flag indicating that there are ingredients that could cause negative long term effects. The app rates the products by three categories: carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and allergenicity and immunotoxicity. The ingredients in the products are the main focus, since company policies and practices can “greenwash” their products, making them seem safer then they are.”  Read more about Think Dirty from The Kit here.

My beauty routine is not nearly as clean as I want it to be but I am hoping through this app, I can get to a much healthier place. There is also a Shop section on the site where you can get the cleanest products all in one place. I’m so sold!

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Plan a trip to Moab, Utah. (never thought I would say that in a million years.)

I’m pretty sure nobody has ever referred to me as the “nature girl.” And I’m positive nobody has ever said, “Hey Tiff, Can I borrow your  tent and sleeping bag?”  I mean, I’ve never even owned a pair of real hiking boots….well, except for my Doc Martens but I’m pretty sure they aren’t “really” anything like a hiking boot.(not that I would even know.) But they make me taller and are super cute.

So why on earth am I telling you to go to Utah? Let alone Moab, Utah in the middle of pretty much NOTHING. And I mean actually nothing. Because I have lived my whole life feeling like I “should” visit a National Park but could never really make sense of taking actual vacation time to go the desert. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore nature when it comes to looking at the Blue Ridge Mountains, I love to ski, and there is nothing in life I find more peaceful than to look at the ocean (nature) or sit on a dock by a lake. (more nature)   BUT THE DESERT!!! YUCK.

This is how it happened. I went to Park City, Utah on a vacation to go skiing and visit my son who attends the “U.” (aka, University of Utah). Well…..there is pretty much no snow. Sooooooo, my family (who I obviously love more than life) decided to set off to visit Moab, Utah in the freakin desert. Wow, what a vacation. We arrived in this old western little town of 5,000 people. We asked locals what to do and they said to go to see Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. I had actually seen some cool pictures of it on my home computer cause my hubby had it as a screen saver. Yeah, it looked cool on the computer. Never entertaining the idea of seeing it in real life. But now we were there. And then…..it happened. Pictures cannot and will not EVER even come close to describing what I saw. And my words cannot describe how I felt. I’ve heard it from others a million times. You should go, it’s breathtaking. But until this moment in time I didn’t understand. The magnitude. The beauty. The peace. Holy crap people…..book a plane ticket! Get in your car and drive. If only for a couple of days. Don’t be like I was. I needed someone to tell me to gooooo, just gooooo! These pictures probably won’t convince you because just like me, you have seen them before. So you’re gonna have to take my word for it. You will not be disappointed.

 

Delicate Arch newDelicate Arch (that’s us underneath and a huge cliff on the other side)

While you are there you can zip line (we did this and it was insane and not what you are thinking when you hear “zip line”), mountain bike, rock climb, hike, climb rocks, white water raft, camp (hotel) and more stuff. You can be a total live on the edge adventurer and love it, or just your average joe looking for something cool.  We also went to a place called Canyonlands National Park that was gorgeous. Some say its rivals the Grand Canyon. Moab, Utah…..I’ll be back.

xoxo, live life, see the unexpected,

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