Hello all!  The past few days have been rather hectic and unexpected, for which I have been unprepared for {I will get into that later}.  However, I wanted to make sure that I still stopped in to keep my Wednesday tradition going.  To recap what’s been going on the past two Wednesdays:

BBW:  {Teeth Whitening Tips/Mouth Health}

BBW:  {Unexpected Hair Care}

We covered the mouth, the teeth, the hair…now it’s time to cover the largest organ of your body…your skin!  To help organize today’s post, I decided to numerically correlate pictures with descriptions {what a novel idea}.

#1 Shave Your Face

Yes, I talked about this in September {click the link to see the full post}, but I still stand by it today.  Running your face and neck through a weekly shaving regime is a great way to exfoliate, smooth, and reawaken the skin.  Plus, your make-up even goes on better.  Nobody likes hair legs, girls, and nobody likes a hairy face.  The few friends that I have convinced to start doing this can’t get enough.

#2 Dry Brushing

Ever heard of it?  It is exactly what it sounds like…brush your skin with a dry brush.  It should be a smaller brush, made with stiff {but not overly stiff} bristles, and preferably made with natural materials {but not necessary}.  I try to dry brush every time before I take a shower…but let’s be real, sometimes we’re rushing to get in and out of the shower.  My rule of thumb?  Make sure I’m doing this at least 4 times a week {if I can hit all days that end in “Y”, great!}.

So what’s the big deal and how do you do it?  Easy.  Before you hop in the shower, simply brush your skin, starting at the ankles in sweeping motions upwards {towards your heart}.  When you get to your arms, start at your wrists, and continue to move towards your heart {make sense?}.  Brush what you can- neck, chest, arms, tummy, tushie {is that how you spell that?}, legs, of course don’t brush EVERYTHING {wink, wink} but get dang near close.  Then, shower and make sure you moisturize afterwards.  You just woke up and brushed off dead skin cells, don’t want to be ashy do you?

Aside from brushing away dead skin cells, Dry Brushing is great for a variety of other reasons.  Numero uno, it wakes up your Lymphatic System, allows your body to release toxins, and is an overall amazingly simple detoxification.  It also improves circulation, can reduce the appearance of cellulite, relieves stress, and can improve overall digestion and kidney functions.  Too good to be true?  It’s not.  I’ve seen great results from maintaining DB-ing  Want more literature?  Check out the links below-

The Dirt on Dry Brushing

Step by Step Guide to Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing Techniques

#3 Clarisonic Mia 2

Jimmy originally purchased the Clarisonic Mia 2 for my birthday in June {per my request…thought I should mention that only because I did ask for it.  It’s not like my bf said “Hey!  Happy Birthday, your skin sucks..love you!”}.  I have struggled with acne and scarring from such pesky pimples for my entire life.  In addition to basically completely cutting dairy out of my diet, and regularly oil pulling, the Clarisonic has absolutely helped.  Now, let me be clear, it hasn’t solved everything, and at 25 I still embarrassingly struggle with this issue.  I also found that when I initially started using the Clarisonic, I felt like I broke out more.  Not sure if it was just waking my skin, and everything in it up, but once that settled down, I saw drastic improvements in the clarity of my skin and pores.  To order the Mia 2, or at least see it online, click here.

However, like I said, I still struggle with acne and pimples from time to time…so if you guys have any tips or tricks, I’m all ears.  Some people that I know are swearing by the Rodan and Fields Skincare system.  I’m just super hesitant because it is quite pricey, and I’ve been burned by so many acne products that claim they will help me in the past.  What do you guys think?

How do you guys take care of your skin?  Any tips or tricks that you swear by?

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4 comments on “Beauty Brief Wednesday {Skin Savers}”

  1. The R + F stuff looks nice, I want to try the little needle roller thing (they totally sell those on Amazon & No More Rack for like $14). I just cannot justify spending that much money! Something I did fork out a whopping $4 for, was a bottle of Dickinson’s Witch Hazel (14% grain alcohol, not *too* drying). They sell it pretty much everywhere, I think I got mine at Walgreen’s or Walmart. I put it in a nail polish remover pump ($2.99 at Target), so all I have to do is press down to saturate my cotton ball. I’ve always had issues with large pores, especially on my cheeks & nose. I’ve been using it pretty religiously for about 2 months now, and I can tell a noticeable difference. My T-Zone is much less oily, which means I use less pore-clogging makeup, which means less breakouts. I’ve also become a huge fan of Lotion Yon Ka. It’s a natural, alcohol-free toner that has 6 essential oils in it. It’s about $45 a bottle, but I was fortunate enough to win about $300 worth of goodies from the Allure giveaway, so I got it for free ninety-nine! I also apply a retinol serum (always get mine at Marshalls or No More Rack) every night after my routine. It’s great for fine lines, smoothing & acne issues. My skin is better now than it has been my entire life. And you know what a cheap-o I am, so I never spend more than $10 on face products. Also, they pretty much always have Clarisonic replacement heads, 2/$14… here’s the link http://vnlink.co/SSJdFve

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