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Dry Brushing For Overall Wellness

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It’s always nice when you buy a new cosmetic product and it comes with a brush. Brushes are great for applying products for a professional finish, but we all know it’s really the product we care about, right? After all, we usually don’t buy that $20 dollar eyeliner because we have to have the brush. But what about if the brush is the product? Dry brushing may be the newest thing in skin exfoliation, detoxification, stress relief, and reduction of cellulite, and just think, you’ll never have to worry about running out of product again. Take a look at some of the benefits of dry brushing, how to do it, and what to look for in a good dry brush. You may never go back to lotion!

Good For Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is the part of your body in charge of eliminating cellular waste. When the lymphatic system becomes congested, waste and toxins build up causing inflammation and disease. Dry skin brushing decongests your lymphatic system, helping the skin release harmful toxins.

Exfoliation without the micro beads? Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, opening clogged pores, and improving skin’s appearance for product- free exfoliation.

Promote Blood Circulation
If you’re looking to restore that healthy glow, the dry brushing of skin increases blood circulation to your skin, aiding in the elimination of metabolic waste.

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Reduces Cellulite
Summer is beach time, and you don’t need pesky cellulite deposits getting in the way of your perfect bikini body. Dry brushing may soften hard deposits of fat causing them to become more evenly distributed while removing toxins that break down connective tissue. While some believe the cellulite removing effect to be temporary, as a result of the skin’s immediate plumping reaction to the brushing, The Huffington Post reported dry brushing to be, “one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than -perfect spots on your legs.”

Stress Relief
Dry brush away your stress! Dry brushing has been reported to be meditative, calming the mind and relieving stress. Some even compare it to a whole body massage!

How To Do It
Choose a high-quality brush with natural bristles and a long handle to get those hard to reach spots. Aim to dry brush onto two times a day, gradually working it into your daily routine. Always brush toward your heart, which is most effective for your lymphatic system and circulation. Start at your feet and work your way up, avoiding the delicate skin on your face, or any easily irritated areas. Keep the pressure you apply firm but gentle. Your skin may be pink afterward, but not red or irritated. An average session of dry brushing should last between two and 20 minutes.

Have you tried dry brushing? Let us know what you think? Is this the next big thing in skincare?


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Makeup Detox – How to Cut Back

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Detoxification is essentially the act of removing—whether directly or through the use of substances aimed at promoting a biological response to stimulate your body to be more efficient—harmful toxins and pollutants that could do great harm if unmitigated. There are a variety of methods to do this, some entirely untested, and some that show some promise.

Skin detox, then, is closely related, and is essentially the practice of removing toxins from your skin that would negatively affect both your health and aesthetic appearance (which, in itself, can indirectly affect your health, because low self-confidence can contribute to things like self-esteem issues and depression, which needless to say aren’t very good for you).

But today, Vine Vera’s going to discuss yet another related-but-not-quite-the-same topic: makeup detox. Makeup detox, in a similar vein, means eliminating toxins from the makeup you use, by re-thinking your makeup choices, and making changes to what you use on a regular basis. You probably typically chose makeup based on what you think will look good on you; that is, after all, what makeup is for. But if you fail to consider the potential effects of harmful additives in your makeup, you can bet it will wreak havoc on your skin.

What to Look Out For
The most important thing when it comes to makeup detox is knowing what ingredients to avoid. Makeup contains a variety of components to achieve the desired effect on your face, and some of them are harmless and help you look great. Others may even be beneficial to the skin. But some, irritatingly enough, are connected with a variety of problems, and the cosmetic industry uses them anyway.

As a general rule, avoid artificial colors and fragrances, generally listed as color+number combinations, like “red no. 4,” or in the case of artificial smells or “fragrance.”  Fragrances are highly unregulated and can contain all manner of harmful ingredients, and artificial colorings often contain coal tar, a known carcinogen that was banned in the UK, but still used freely in the US.

You should also steer away from parabens, formaldehyde, mercury (yes, mercury is sometimes used in cosmetics, and hasn’t been banned by the FDA yet for some reason), alcohol, and lead. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are some of the worst offenders. To generally stay safer regarding makeup, always opt for mineral-based, all-natural makeup options. Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you, but it does allow you to avoid many of the most dangerous additives, as those will not typically be found in “natural” products.

How to Cut Back
Just scanning ingredient lists isn’t necessarily enough to keep your skin safe, sadly. You may avoid the worst-case scenarios of using known carcinogens on your face daily, and careful scans of ingredient lists can certainly help with the primary goal of detoxification: remove and avoid toxins. But that said, there’s more to makeup detox than just that. Even if you use the most natural, toxin-free makeup, it is still possible to dry out your skin and damage it in other ways.

Carefully consider what you actually need in your makeup routine. In terms of foundation, liquids are generally enough, and adding a pressed powder on top of everything else not only makes your makeup look caked-on and unflattering, it can dry your skin out too. Anything terribly oily or greasy, like many hard-stick or grease-based concealers can clog pores, so go for creams when you have the choice; foundation, concealer, blush and even eyeshadow can be found in light cream forms.

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