• Accutane

    I am listing Accutane under the “Beauty” tab but the path to considering it and doing it is anything but beautiful!  If this is a post you care to read about, let me offer you my greatest sympathies for what I know has been an endless and frustrating struggle with bad skin.  While I am generally all about anything natural, I did a four-month treatment with Accutane for acne and it is an extremely powerful and effective drug.  It was grueling at the time but now, nearly two years since my treatment, I don’t regret my choice.

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  • Dry Body Brushing

    Body Brushing<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Dry body brushing is an excellent way to exfoliate the skin and stimulate circulation.   It increases the elasticity of the skin and has been touted as a way to reduce cellulite, cleanse the lymphatic system, increase immunity, energize the body, and tone and tighten the skin.  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />It&#8217;s best to do your body brushing just prior to showering or bathing.  Brush in the direction of lymphatic drainage, towards the heart in long, sweeping, brisk strokes. Brush in counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />You can find a body brush at a health or natural store for $15 or less.  I found mine at Whole Foods.Dry body brushing is a wonderful way to revitalize your health.  Skin, of course, is our largest organ. One of its functions is to help us get rid of impurities.  Dry body brushing can eliminate some of the dead skin cells that might be clogging our pores and reducing skin’s ability to rid itself of waste material.  The dead skin cells can also prevent our new fresh skin cells underneath from being visible, so brushing helps to keep the skin looking youthful and healthy as this fresh layer is revealed.


    In addition to dry body brushing’s ability to tone and tighten the skin through phsycial exfoliation, it also helps to activate circulation.   It does so by getting the blood flowing to the surface of the skin.  Because of this stimulation of circulation, the skin’s appearance improves and it is also energinzing, much the way a brisk walk would be.

    One of the most amazing things that dry body brushing does is to stimulate and aid the lymphatic system, which has the function of transporting waste and toxins from the cells.  As a result, it helps to increase immunity and fortify the body’s defense against toxins. Read more